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We are currently recruiting several postdocs:

1. We a recruiting a postdoctoral fellow to work on assembly and analysis of human and non-human primate genomes. The ideal candidate will be familiar with current approaches to whole genome sequencing, assembly, and scaffolding. Experience with comparative genomics tools and concepts is also required. The position will be supervised by PI Ed Green and join the UCSC Genomics community of genome scientists. Please submit a cover letter, CV, and names for three references to This position is open immediately.

2. We a recruiting a postdoctoral fellow to work on a recently funded project to better understand the evolutionary conseuqneces of admixture, focusing on two species pairs with known admixture history: browm bears and polar bears, and American bison and cattle. The ideal candidate will be familiar with current approaches for genome assembly and scaffolding. Experience designing, implementing, and using computational comparative genomics tools and concepts is also required. The position will be jointly supervised by Shapiro and Green and join the UCSC Genomics community of genome scientists. Please submit a cover letter, CV, and names for three references to Apply by Feb 1 2018; this position is open from April.

3. We a recruiting a postdoctoral fellow with interests in ecology and in undergraduate education to take on a leadership role in a recently awarded HHMI initiative, eSIE: Environmental DNA for Science Investigation and Education (see the announcement here). The postdoc will assist with developing a new general education class targeting both scientists and non-scientists, taught simultaneously at UCLA and UCSC, that aims to provide a broad survey of science as relevant to society with an emphasis on environmental DNA. In addition, the postdoc will have opportunities for professional development and training, as well as to mentor undergraduates and perform research. The postdoc will have experience with developing and implementing active learning approaches to science education. Basic molecular biology and molecular ecology skills are also required. Interested individuals shoud contact Beth Shapiro at for more details. The position is open immediately.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. The PGL and UC Santa Cruz are committed to excellence through diversity, and strives to establish a climate that welcomes, celebrates, and promotes respect for the contributions of all students and employees. Inquiries regarding the University’s equal employment opportunity policies may be directed to: Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion at the University of California, Santa Cruz, CA 95064; (831) 459-2686.

PhD Studentships Available

We are always open to discussion with students interested in pursuing either Masters or PhD degrees with our lab. Projects can include wet lab work, computational work, or a combination, and fit within the overall research theme of the group. We recruit graduate students through several programs on campus; follow the links below for more details. Not: the EEB program is direct-admit; you must get in touch with a potential faculty advisor in order to be considered for the program.

Interested students should contact Beth Shapiro or Ed Green directly.

Information about application deadlines and procedures, and about fellowships that are available for graduate students through UCSC, can be found on the following pages:



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Postdoctoral opportunities:

While we are not advertising specific opportunities at present, we are always open to collaborating with potential postdocs who are interested in submitting applications for personal fellowships. We have hosted fellows from NSF, Marie Curie, Ciencias sin Fronteras, and others.

We have had postdocs work on a wide range of projects in our group, both continuing work that has been ongoing in our lab for some time and taking on entirely new (for us) research directions. We value diversity of experience and scientific training, and are always looking to grow!

Undergraduate Research Opportunities

Undergraduate research opportunities are available in Ancient DNA and computational evolutionary biology.

We require undergraduate volunteers to have completed the 20 series and either evolution or genetics, or equivalent courses from BME.

Interested undergraduates are encouraged to email Beth or Ed, and to include in their email both a cover letter that explains your career goals and why you would like to work in our lab and an unofficial transcript.



Other Opportunities
This page will be updated regularly as opportunities become available.




Extracting and characterizing DNA from fossil remains.

Understanding the evolutionary constraints underpinning diversity and evolution in pathogens

Investigating patterns and processes in genome evolution.

We recruiting a postdoctoral fellow to work on an IMLS-funded project to improve methods to recover ancient DNA from museum specimens. The project will include developing and refining experimental methods and coordinating a workshop for museum professionals, and developing a focal project. The ideal candidate will have experience with molecular biology methods development and computational analysis of genomic data, and excellent organizational skills. Experience working with ancient DNA is not a prerequisite; we are looking for individuals whose expertise complements that of the lab. Individuals with biochemical expertise are particularly encouraged to apply. The position will be supervised jointly by Beth Shapiro and Ed Green, and will be part of the vibrant ancient DNA and genomics community at UCSC. The up-to-three year position is open as of November 2017. Please submit a cover letter and CV with the names and contact information for three references to