Join the lab!

The Meek Lab is often looking for motivated PhD and MS students, postdoctoral scholars, research technicians, and undergraduate researchers. See announcements below. Please check out the research page for descriptions of some of the major projects happening in the lab, and have a look at our publications to get an idea of the type of research we do. If these ideas interest you, please email me to start a conversation ( I’m excited to hear from you.

The Meek lab strives to be a safe space for diversity in STEM.

I take graduate students through both the Ecology, Evolutionary Biology, and Behavior Program and the Department of Integrative Biology.


Bioinformatician at MSU

Several faculty in the Department of Integrative Biology at Michigan State University are looking to collectively hire a highly motivated bioinformatician/computational scientist with a biology background for a full time position. Typical research projects will use RNA-sequencing, RAD-sequencing, whole genome sequencing and assembly, and targeted capture sequencing to address questions in ecology, evolution, comparative genomics, and developmental biology. We are looking for an enthusiastic and organized individual to join our team, who is skilled at working for multiple people and on different projects. The position will be based in East Lansing, MI on the MSU campus and comes with a competitive benefits package.

Primary duties will include:

  1. Curating sequence data (10%)
  2. Analyzing sequence data (65%)
  3. Producing tables and figures and writing data analysis methods and results (10%)
  4. Mentoring students on bioinformatics methods (10%)
  5. Reading scientific literature to stay up to date on newest analysis methods (5%) 

Required Qualifications:

The job requires knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a four-year college degree in bioinformatics or related field and up to six months of related and progressively more responsible or expansive bioinformatics experience; or an equivalent combination of education and experience. The candidate should be well-versed in unix/linux, as well as at least one other programming language (e.g. R, python, perl). Applicants should have extensive experience analyzing large ‘–omic’ datasets.

Desired Qualifications:

A Master’s or PhD degree in bioinformatics or related field. Experience in at least some of the following key areas:

  1. Analyzing complex RNA-seq experimental data sets for differential gene expression
  2. Analyzing RAD-seq datasets—aligning to reference and creating de novo assemblies, SNP discovery, genotyping, etc.
  3. Genome assembly and annotation
  4. Genome comparisons
  5. Phylogenomics
  6. Epigenomics

How to apply

Interested candidates should apply through the MSU Applicant Page at (job ID 480028). If you have questions, email Dr. Mariah Meek (, with “Bioinformatics position” in the subject line. DO NOT EMAIL APPLICATION MATERIAL TO DR. MEEK. Review of application material will begin on January 8, 2018. Position is open until filled.

Required applicant materials:

1) Brief cover letter describing research and data analysis experience and career goals

2) CV

3) Names and email addresses for 3 references