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Postdocdoctoral fellowship available immediately at the Integrative Systems Biology Lab to study coral reef fishes adaptation to climate change.

One postdoctoral position in Marine Evolutionary Genomics is available at the Integrative Systems Biology Lab ( at the King Abdullah University of Science and Technology (KAUST) in Saudi Arabia ( This is part of a large and funded collaborative project with the laboratory of Prof. Phil Munday at the ARC Centre of Excellence for Coral Reef Studies, James Cook University (



Anthropogenic activities are leading to global Climate Change at an unprecedented rate. Understanding the mechanisms of how coral reef fish cope with environmental shifts is imperative to understand their fate in a changing planet. Little is known about the mechanisms of rapid evolution/phenotypic plasticity to the adaptive response of coral reef fish to changing ocean conditions.


We are seeking for a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to work on a long-term project that aims to understand the effects of climate change stressors (i.e. ocean acidification and warming) on coral reef fishes, specifically the damselfish (Acanthochromis polyacanthus) and the clownfish (Amphiprion percula). Our main goal is to understand acclimation to climate change at the genomic level by using a set of unique multi-generational experiments. These studies combine Next-Generation Sequencing approaches such as genome and transcriptome sequencing to understand the molecular mechanisms that underline fish responses to climate stressors. The successful candidate will be able to look at a variety of data including physiological responses, but will mainly be working on the computational analysis of comparative genomics and transcriptomics.


About the successful applicant


To be successful in this role you will have:

  • PhD (completed or soon to be completed) in marine biology, biology, ecology & evolution or computational biology and genomics.
  • Research and publication track record in a relevant field, commensurate with opportunity.
  • Expertise in the analysis and interpretation of Next-Generation Sequencing datasets.
  • Demonstrated programming skills in a Unix/Linux environment (e.g. Python, Perl, R etc.)


We offer a very competitive compensation package, as well as free on-campus housing and health benefits. Applications should include a CV and contact information of at least three referees.


For further information, or to submit your application, please contact Prof. Timothy Ravasi ( and please visit the Employment section at the KAUST Website for further information about opportunities and benefits available at the KAUST.