Postdoctoral fellows:

Postdoctoral positions are currently available in our group.

Research Description: Our lab would be a particularly good fit for scientists with a strong interest in the evolution of (and within) microbial communities. There are two main areas of growth in the lab: (1) Manipulating microbial community functions via experimental evolution, and (2) Quantitatively studying the evolution of metabolic networks and metabolic decision-making. Candidates who were interested in joining us to work on these lines of research would be particularly welcome, but we also encourage applications from candidates interested in any other areas that overlap with our lab's research. We also welcome applications from candidates who could synergize with our group, for instance by bringing new model systems (examples include but are not limited to host-microbiome systems, plant microbe interactions, bioremediation systems), or by bringing new skills (examples include but are not limited to analytical chemistry, e.g. HPLC, mass spectrometry, etc.). These positions will provide excellent opportunities to integrate theory and experiment, and to learn from and collaborate with our current lab members who have a strong expertise in the computational modeling of microbial community assembly and in experimental as well as in silico evolution.

Benefits: Our lab is located at Yale West Campus, and our postdocs are affiliated with both the Microbial Sciences Institute and the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology Department at Yale. The positions are fully funded and candidates do not need to apply for external funding (though we also welcome applications from those who have it). All of our postdocs get excellent health insurance coverage through Yale. For a full description of benefits see ( The position is initially for one year, and in principle it is renewable for up to five years upon mutual satisfaction. The Microbial Sciences Institute provides all postdocs and students with funds to attend one meeting of their choice per year, but the lab will gladly cover any additional travel expenses to conferences, meetings, or workshops of interest to our postdocs and students. The laboratory will also provide computers as needed and will of course fund all other research expenses. Our lab members have the opportunity to invite external speakers to give a seminar to MSI every year. The invitee is democratically decided by the lab members (excluding myself).

Environment: The Microbial Sciences Institute at Yale is an excellent environment to conduct postdoctoral research, and New Haven is an affordable, family-friendly small city with lots to do and easy and rapid access to New York City and Boston. Interested candidates are also encouraged to read a description of our lab culture to help them get a better sense of how we work.

How to apply: Interested candidates should send an email to containing (1) their CV, (2) a short cover letter describing their interests and why our group would be a good fit, and (3) the names of 2-4 references. There is no deadline for applying: Applications will be reviewed by the entire group on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. In addition to candidates that hold a PhD at the time of applying, we welcome applications from students in their last year of graduate school who anticipate graduating at any point in 2020. Please feel free to email with any questions about the position.

Yale University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Yale values diversity among its students, staff, and faculty and strongly welcomes applications from women, persons with disabilities, protected veterans and under-represented groups.

Graduate students: 

We are open to having new graduate students joining the lab in the fall of 2020. We are particularly interested in hearing from prospective students who want to work on the mathematical or computational modeling of microbial communities. A strong mathematical/quantitative background would be required, as reflected by an undergraduate major or a Master's degree in any of the quantitative sciences (e.g. Physics, Mathematics, Engineering, EEB, Computational Biology) and/or appropriate coursework in Mathematics (e.g. Calculus, Algebra, Probability & Statistics) and, ideally, in Physics too. Students would have to apply (and be accepted) to the EEB graduate program at Yale in order to join our group. Interested students are strongly encouraged to contact Alvaro before applying to discuss their interest in our group. We have a friendly, supportive, and very productive research group. We have a lot of fun working together (and we get things done!). The EEB department is a great place to do a PhD, and living in New Haven is an absolute plus. 

Undergraduate students: 

We have multiple openings for Yale College undergraduates who are interested in pursuing a research project with us and work towards a senior thesis. A minimal commitment of 10hrs/week would be necessary

Summer students and volunteers:

Everyone in our lab either receives a salary, or is a student currently enrolled at Yale College and doing research for credit or as a learning opportunity. It is our lab’s policy to not accept unpaid or volunteer workers or interns. We are also very unlikely to consider summer students into our lab.