Emerson Lab at UCI

Evolutionary genetics lab at the University of California, Irvine

Postdoctoral position in Drosophila evolutionary genomics

New! The first structural variation paper for this project just came out in Nature Genetics. If you thought this paper was interesting, this is the job for you!

Interested applicants should send a letter of inquiry. Contact me, send me your CV, and give me a brief description about why you’re interested in the ad. Also, ask any questions you have. I’d be happy to answer them.


We are soliciting up to two postdoctoral positions. The position will broadly fit into the category of comparative population genomics with a focus on structural variation in Drosophila and offers opportunities for working in mosquitoes. The main focus of the project is to understand how mutation, natural selection, and genetic drift affect the evolution of genome structure.

Consideration of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled.

Candidates will ideally have interests broadly relevant to these themes but will also be offered opportunities to pursue their own interests in evolutionary genetics. The Emerson lab is very collaborative, and we encourage those who are interested to consider collaborative projects with other UCI faculty. See our collaborators page.


The successful candidate will have a PhD in the following or related fields: evolutionary genetics, bioinformatics, computational biology, statistics, or experimental genomics (especially high throughput sequencing). The candidate will conduct research, write papers, and attend research conferences. As part of mentoring, the ideal candidate will contribute to the UCI evolutionary genetics community by attending and presenting at journal club, and presenting group meetings. Finally, applicants interested in academics will gain experience grant writing by submitting fellowship applications.


The evolutionary genetics community at UCI is extremely interactive and offers ample opportunities to interact and collaborate with other labs at UCI, including the Briscoe, Gaut, Long, and Thornton labs. We are a diverse group that works on species like fruitflies, brewer’s yeast, butterflies, crop species, and E. coli. We apply many methods including genomics, population genetics theory and inference, quantitative genetics, or experimental evolution.

The Emerson lab is affiliated with the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology, the Center for Complex Systems Biology, and the Center for Evolutionary Genetics at UCI as well as the Southern California Evolutionary Genetics Meeting. We also interact with the Tata Institute for Genetics and Society, and are currently working on Anopheles genomics with Tony James and Ethan Bier. For more about the academic and professional environment that the Emerson lab is part of, see our collaborators page.