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I am actively hiring both graduate students and postdoctoral researchers. Our research interests involve understanding how evolutionary processes like selection, mutation, recombination, and historical population size changes shape patterns of genomic variation. Projects can involve employing computational and theoretical approaches or statistical method development or using an empirical approach to ask fundamental questions in population genetics.

We will be located in the intellectually vibrant Research Triangle area where there are many excellent faculty studying evolutionary biology and genomics both at UNC and neighboring institutions, providing a fantastic opportunity for students and postdocs to interact with other labs.

Postdoctoral researchers:


The position is best suited for someone trained in population genetics/evolutionary genomics and/or someone with a quantitative background (such as statistics, bioinformatics, computer science, or mathematics) and an interest in population genetics. A Ph.D. in a relevant field will be required by the start date. Informal enquiries about your fit to the lab are very welcome!


Start date is flexible and can be any time after January 15th, 2023.

Interested candidates should send the following materials to Parul Johri (

- CV

- A brief explanation of your research interests and why you are interested in joining the lab. [Can be a single paragraph.]

Review of applications will begin on September 15th, 2022, and continue until a suitable candidate fills the position.

Graduate students:

I will be recruiting PhD students through two different programs:


1) The Biological and Biomedical Sciences Program (BBSP: in the Department of Genetics at UNC. This is an umbrella program where students are required to rotate through labs in their first year before deciding on a particular lab to join. At the end of the first year, you get to choose your PhD program and the best fit for students in my lab would be the Bioinformatics and Computational Biology program or BCB (


If you are interested in rotating with other faculty, I would strongly advise you to apply through this program.

2) The Evolution, Ecology and Organismal Biology program ( in the Department of Biology.


If you are interested more specifically in evolutionary biology and would like to consider the possibility of being directly recruited in my laboratory, then I would advise you to apply through this program.

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