Wednesday, October 4, 2017

Postdoc to work on computational phylogenetics in the Revell lab

I'm advertising a computational postdoc in my lab at the University of Massachusetts Boston. The idea of the postdoc is to work with myself & postdoc Klaus Schliep on new method development for phylogenetics in R, broadly defined.

Note that the postdoc is for one year with only a modest probability of renewal beyond the year contingent on success obtaining external funding.

To apply for the position, please see the official job advertisement here. Note that contrary to the job ad:

  1. “Proficiency with Microsoft Office Suite and other administrative software” is not required (nor do I endorse these particular commercial software products - though I have to admit I still use Word for manuscript composition). I do expect applicants to possess some degree of proficiency in the scientific objectives of the research - such as working with phylogenies, writing code for scientific computing, and so on.

  2. I dispute the wording “Strong commitment to customer service” (we don't have 'customers')- although of course I'm interested in scientists that are committed to developing and supporting software and the community of users & developers in R phylogenetics.

This specific wording is apparently required by the university bureaucrats in HR.

Please contact me for more information.

Here's an R generated supporting image I intend to post to Facebook with this announcement:

library(jpeg)
library(phytools)
img<-readJPEG(source="UMB-photo.jpg")
umb<-as.raster(img)
umb<-as.matrix(umb)
for(i in 1:nrow(umb)) for(j in 1:ncol(umb))
    umb[i,j]<-make.transparent(umb[i,j],0.6)
tree<-ladderize(pbtree(n=120))
plotTree(tree,type="fan",part=0.5,ftype="off",lwd=10,color="grey",
    lend=0)
plotTree(tree,type="fan",part=0.5,ftype="off",lwd=4,
    color="white",add=TRUE,lend=0)
rasterImage(umb,par()$usr[1],par()$usr[3],par()$usr[2],
    par()$usr[4])