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The application of molecular genetic data in fields such as population
genetics, phylogeography, and evolutionary biology have improved abilities
to make inferences regarding evolution of invasiveness. These approaches
stand to aid materially in the development of effective management
strategies such as biological control and sustainable science-based
policies. Continued advancements in the statistical analysis of genetic
data promise to overcome some existing limitations of current approaches.
Purpose and responsibilities
A postdoctoral position is available at the Centre de Biologie pour la
Gestion des Populations, (CBGP) in partnership with the European Biological
Control Laboratory (EBCL) -USDA-ARS.
Both laboratories are located near Montpellier (France) at the
International Campus of Baillarguet, at Montferrier sur Lez. 
The successful applicant will be expected to apply latest models and
advances of Phylogeography and Population Genetics inference to address the
evolutionary pattern of an invasive pest and a potentially invasive pest.
The applicant will work on two case studies: the Wheat Stem Sawfly (Cephus
cinctus), an invasive insect pest in the U.S. which is presently
experiencing unprecedented outbreaks and the Eurasian cabbage gall weevil
(Ceutorhynchus assimilis syn. C. pleurostigma) which has some potentially
invasive host races. For both targets, two large data sets of mitochondrial
sequences and microsatellites are already available. The applicant should
possess a communication skill set conducive to assist with management of a
large interdisciplinary project. Experience in writing scientific reports
and manuscripts, excellent communication skills, and ability to interact
productively with a diverse group of collaborators is required.  Expertise
in sequence analysis, Phylogeography and Population Genetics are skill sets
highly relevant to this position.
The successful applicant will manage a large and complex sample database
and will conduct guided but independent analyses leading to first author
publications. The ideal candidate will demonstrate initiative, creativity,
and will have excellent organizational skills; we also seek candidates with
enthusiasm who work well as part of a team as well as independently.  The
position is funded for one year.
Practical information for applications
The post-doc position will be held at CBGP and EBCL labs next to each
other. Applicants are expected to speak and write English although French
is always welcome given the location of this position. Montpellier hosts
one of the most vibrant communities of biodiversity research in Europe with
several research centers of excellence in the field. Applicants will find
some information about living at Montpellier here:
The position is available for 1 year and starts in August/September 2015
although some flexibility is possible in agreement with the selected
applicant. We will start reviewing the applications from now but will
continue to consider incoming applications until the position is filled.
The gross salary of the post-doc candidate would be around 30,000 euro per
Ph.D. in  Phylogeography and Evolution
Specific skills and technical/administrative training required:
Scientific writing
Interpersonal communication
Preferred Experience:
Experience in Insect population biology
Population genetics and phylogeography data analysis
Informal enquiries and applications should be sent to Jean-François Martin
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  and Marie-Claude Bon (USDA-ARS-EBCL,

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 ). Applications should include a cover letter with a
statement of research interests and qualifications for the position,
complete CV with publication list, and contact details of three referees,
embedded in a single pdf file.
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