Postdoc position in Evolutionary Biology

We are seeking a motivated and enthusiastic PhD graduate to work on rates of evolution and models of macroevolutionary change!

The successful candidate will be part of the Molecular Ecology, Evolution, and Phylogenetics Lab, led by Professor Simon Ho and Professor Nathan Lo. The position is funded by the Australian Research Council Discovery Project “Testing links between genomic and morphological evolutionary rates” and involves collaboration with Dr Hervé Sauquet at the Royal Botanic Gardens (Sydney).

Your key responsibilities will be to:

  • lead research projects on rates of evolution and models of macroevolutionary change
  • analyse large genomic data sets from plants, animals, and bacteria to address key questions in evolutionary biology
  • work effectively as part of a team and collaborate with external researchers
  • present the results of the research at seminars and conferences
  • write papers for publication in peer-reviewed journals
  • The School of Life and Environmental Sciences (SOLES) is a large and research-active school with expertise in ecology, evolutionary biology, conservation, microbiology, biochemistry, molecular biology, and agriculture. It brings together diverse researchers and students to improve teaching and enhance research capacity.

    To learn more about SOLES, click here.

    About you

    The University values courage and creativity; openness and engagement; inclusion and diversity; and respect and integrity. As such, we see the importance of recruiting talent aligned to these values and are looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate who has:

  • a PhD in Molecular Evolution, Phylogenetics, Computational Biology, or closely related discipline
  • strong skills in macroevolutionary analysis and Bayesian phylogenetics
  • experience in analysing genomic data
  • experience in Python and R
  • demonstrated independence in conducting research and other scholarly activities
  • To keep our community safe, please be aware of our COVID safety precautions which form our conditions of entry for all staff, students and visitors coming to campus.

    Pre-employment checks

    Your employment is conditional upon the completion of all role required pre-employment or background checks in terms satisfactory to the University. Similarly, your ongoing employment is conditional upon the satisfactory maintenance of all relevant clearances and background check requirements. If you do not meet these conditions, the University may take any necessary step, including the termination of your employment.

    EEO statement

    At the University of Sydney, our shared values include diversity and inclusion and we strive to be a place where everyone can thrive. We are committed to creating a University community which reflects the wider community that we serve. We deliver on this commitment through our people and culture programs, as well as key strategies to increase participation and support the careers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander People, women, people living with a disability, people from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, and those who identify as LGBTIQ. We welcome applications from candidates from all backgrounds.

    How to apply

    Applications (including a cover letter, CV, and any additional supporting documentation) can be submitted here.

    For a confidential discussion about the role, or if you require reasonable adjustment or support filling out this application, please contact Linden Joseph or Rebecca Astar, Recruitment Operations, by email to