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NSF Postdoc in Evo Devo of Novel Complex Traits (Moczek Lab)
A full-time NSF-funded postdoctoral position is available in Armin Moczek’s lab, Department of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington. Our lab conducts research in evolutionary developmental (evo-devo) and ecological developmental (eco-devo) biology, focusing on the genetic, developmental, and ecological mechanisms that mediate the origins and diversification of novel complex traits in insects such as beetle horns, firefly lanters, or treehopper helmets.
The position advertised will focus on identifying the genes and pathways underlying the origin and diversification of horns in the extraordinarily diverse beetle genus Onthophagus. Specifically, the work will use genomic and candidate-gene approaches to identify and functionally characterize the developmental-genetic mechanisms that regulate horn morphology (size, shape, position), context-dependent expression of horns (sex- and nutrition-specificity), and how evolutionary changes in these mechanisms have mediated diversification within and among species. The postdoctoral candidate will also have opportunities to develop independent lines of research in these and related areas.
We seek a collegial, self-motivated, independent, and intellectually curious individual with a recent PhD in Evolutionary Biology, Developmental Biology, or related fields. Applicants must have strong bench skills, and familiarity with techniques such as immunohistochemistry, cloning, qPCR, RNAinterference, and the bioinformatic analyses of next-gen sequencing data is strongly desirable (though training in these techniques will also be provided as necessary). In addition, candidates must have demonstrated written and oral communication skills. Experience working with insects is helpful but not required. The position is initially available for 24 months, with possible extension for a third year. Salary will be commensurate with experience, and full benefits are included.
Indiana University has a large and interactive group at the interface of evolutionary and developmental biology. Bloomington is situated in scenic, hilly southern Indiana, near several parks and wilderness areas. The cultural environment provided by the university is exceptionally rich in art, music, and theater.
To apply, please submit a letter of application, a CV that includes a brief statement of research interests, and the contact information for three references to https://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/753 or send to Dee Verostko, 1001 E. Third St., Bloomington, IN 47405. Review of applications will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries about the position can be directed to Armin Moczek (firstname.lastname@example.org). Additional information about research in the Moczek lab can be found at www.bio.indiana.edu/~moczeklab/index.html.
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A postdoctoral position is available in the Martins lab to conduct NSF-funded research on the behavioral evolution of wild zebrafish.
The larger project aims to determine how links between complex behavioral traits (i.e., syndromes) influence evolutionary response to anthropogenic habitat changes. The position combines lab experiments at Indiana University with fieldwork in India, both providing the successful applicant with considerable flexibility to develop his/her own collaborative research. In the lab, the postdoc will join a research team conducting experiments on the impact of genetics, habitat, and sensory physiology on zebrafish social roles and network dynamics. In the field, the postdoc will coordinate field expeditions to conduct a population-level survey of the aquatic ecology, social behavior, and genetics of zebrafish.
Recent Ph.D. in Biology or related field required. Experience with small fish, international fieldwork, freshwater ecology, sensory biology, behavioral syndromes, and/or social network research are especially desirable. The successful applicant will be part of the vibrant behavioral research group at Indiana University and will have opportunities to gain additional training in phylogenetic comparative methods, sensory physiology, and genomic techniques.
Salary $39,000 to $42,000. Indiana University has a fine program of fringe benefits which adds significantly to the value of the stated salary, see http://www.indiana.edu/~uhrs/benefits. Initial appointment is for one year, with start date as early as July 2014 and the possibility of extension for one or two additional years contingent on performance.
To apply, please submit a CV, brief statement of research interests, and contact information for three references to https://Indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/722 or send to Dee Verostko, 1001 E. Third St., Bloomington, IN. Inquiries may be addressed to Emília Martins at email@example.com. Applications submitted by March 1, 2014 will be given full consideration. Indiana University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minority candidates are encouraged to apply.
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