The group has openings for motivated postdocs, graduate students, and undergraduates. Applicants interested in any area of our work are encouraged to contact Ryan Gutenkunst.

At 2,500 feet above sea level, culturally diverse Tucson, Arizona is nestled among five mountain ranges in the beautiful Sonoran Desert and is surrounded by Saguaro National Park. Housing is affordable, quality of life is high, and outdoor recreation opportunities include the southernmost ski area in the United States. The area has over 350 days of sunshine per year, average high/low temperatures of 82/54 °F, and two rainy seasons per year.


We are currently seeking one or two postdocs with interests in computational population genomics, to work on methods for quantitatively inferring novel models of natural selection. For more information, please contact Ryan Gutenkunst.

In addition, applicants with independent funding and interests related to ours are always welcome to join the group. For more information, please contact Ryan Gutenkunst.

Graduate students

Graduate students interested in any of our areas of research are urged to contact Ryan Gutenkunst about working with the group. Graduate students are not admitted directly into the group, but rather must apply through one of the graduate programs with which we are associated. We can, however, help shepherd the applications of interested students, so don’t hesitate to contact us. Our group currently takes students from the Arizona Biological and Biomedical Sciences program, the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Applied Mathematics, the Graduate Interdisciplinary Program in Statistics, and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

ABBS students are normally supported by the program while they do rotations in their first year. Applied Math, Statistics, or EEB students are normally supported through teaching while they do rotations or heavy coursework in their first year. After that, support through research is sometimes available, depending on how well the lab’s funding sources match a students’ research direction. Otherwise, the student may be supported by continued teaching.

Alternative source of funding for US citizens or permanent residents include an NIH training grant in Computational and Mathematical Modeling of Biomedical Systems.

Undergraduate students

Undergraduates are normally admitted into our group only if they have at least some prior computer programming experience, but feel free to contact us for advice on getting such experience through coursework. Undergraduates must be willing to commit to a minimum of nine hours per week and more than a single semester; a larger commitment is preferred. MCB’s website offers excellent guidance for undergraduate researchers.