The Lanfear Lab at ANU works to build and apply the next generation of phylogenetic methods. We want you to join us!
If you’re interested, please get in touch as soon as possible.
Projects range from biological to computational. For example, you could focus on a particular group of organisms like eucalypts, and use new and existing methods to figure out the evolutionary history and drivers of molecular evolution within the group. Or you could focus on designing, implement, and testing new algorithms to improve how we estimate and evaluate phylogenetic trees or alignments.
Typically it takes a few initial chats to figure out a project that would really suit you, your interests, and your background. There is a lot of freedom in how we design and choose the best project, so if you are interested in the broad area of research please get in touch.
We are a diverse group of people who work on phylogenetics from a range of angles (e.g. www.robertlanfear.com/people). Most of all, we want to make phylogenetics better and easier, because it’s such an important tool across all of biology. We work very closely with Minh Bui’s lab (also at ANU, based in Computer Science) so our new methods get built into IQ-TREE and can be used by everyone.
From a biological perspective, we work on a huge range of systems including plants (e.g. Eucalypts), animals (e.g. primates), and viruses (e.g. SARS-CoV-2). We’re always keen to work on more systems, because every system brings its own challenges for phylogenetic analysis.
We focus on open-source coding and software, and as much as possible on open-access publication. To see the kinds of things we publish take a look at Google Scholar.
ANU and Canberra
ANU is one of the best universities in the world, and the division of Ecology and Evolution is a wonderful, diverse, and supportive environment in which to pursue a PhD. Canberra is a thriving town, close to amazing bush and not too far (2 hours) from amazing beaches and surf. One of the reasons I was so excited to move to ANU is that I knew already (I was a postdoc here for 8 years) what a stunning place it was to live and do science, and how amazing the PhD experience was. So I really encourage you to get in touch.
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