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Tenure Track Faculty Position in Prokaryotic Biology

The Microbiology Program in the Indiana University Department of Biology invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Prokaryotic Biology at the level of assistant professor. We are particularly interested in scientists exploring the systems biology, physiology, development, cell biology, environmental biology, and/or pathogenesis of prokaryotes, although all areas will be considered. This position is part of a significant, continuing expansion in the life sciences at IU Bloomington and represents an exceptional opportunity to join a strong Microbiology Program and new interdisciplinary initiatives. The successful candidate will be provided with a competitive startup package and salary, and will have access to outstanding research resources including state-of-the-art facilities for genomics and bioinformatics, light and electron microscopy, flow cytometry, protein analysis, analytical chemistry, biophysical instrumentation, and crystallography.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. and have relevant postdoctoral experience with a strong record of research accomplishments. Successful candidates will be expected to develop a vigorous externally funded research program, and to participate in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Applications received by October 15, 2015, will be assured of full consideration. Applicants should submit a cover letter, a CV, a research statement (5 pages emphasizing current and planned research), a statement of teaching interests (1 page), a list of three (or more) references, and up to 3 pdfs of published and/or submitted manuscripts using the submissions link at For questions about the application procedure please contact Jennifer Tarter ( or by mail at 1001 East Third Street, Bloomington, IN 47405-7005 and for all other questions please contact Yves Brun (

Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.

(posted online 20 August 2015)

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Three Postdoc Positions in Evo Devo and Eco Devo of Horned Beetles (Moczek Lab)

Three (3) full-time postdoctoral positions are available in Armin Moczek’s lab, Department of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington. Our lab conducts research in the evolutionary developmental (evo-devo) and ecological developmental (eco-devo) biology of insects. We focus on the genetic, developmental, and ecological mechanisms, and their interactions, that mediate the origins and diversification of novel complex traits (such as beetle horns, firefly lanterns, or treehopper helmets) and functions (such as nutrition-responsive development, sexual dimorphisms, or alternative reproductive tactics).

The first position 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. This position is fully funded by a multi-year grant from the National Science Foundation.

The second position will utilize diverse horned beetle species and populations to explore the role of developmental plasticity in facilitating, biasing, or hindering phenotypic evolution. Focusing on morphological and physiological phenotypes, this work will combine genomic, transcriptomic, and candidate-pathway approaches to contrast ancestral and descendant patterns of gene expression and function in natural as well as mesocosm populations. This position is fully funded by a multi-year grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

The third position will explore the relative significances of—and interactions among—the horned beetle microbiome, niche construction behaviors, and nematode symbionts in the ecological radiation of horned beetles. This work will combine genomic, transcriptomic, and candidate-pathway approaches in both beetles and nematodes to characterize the role of co-development in the ecology and evolution of dung beetles, and the developmental mechanisms and evolutionary consequences of interspecific epistasis. This position is also fully funded by a multi-year grant from the John Templeton Foundation.

All postdoctoral candidates would have opportunities to develop additional independent lines of research in these and related areas.

We seek three collegial, self-motivated, independent, and intellectually curious individuals with recent PhDs in Evolutionary Biology, Developmental Biology, or related fields. Applicants for either position must have strong bench skills, and familiarity with techniques such as RNAinterference, qPCR, cloning, immuno-histochemistry, 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. All three positions are initially available for 24 months, with possible extension for a third year funds permitting. 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 and ecology. 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 indicating which position is being applied for, a CV, a statement of research interests, and the contact information for three references to or send to Jeremy Bennett, 1001 E. Third St., Bloomington, IN 47405 (   Review of applications will start immediately and will continue until positions are filled. Exact start date is flexible, but best consideration for those applying prior to March 14, 2016. Inquiries about each position can be directed to Armin Moczek ( Additional information about research in the Moczek lab can be found at  

Indiana University is an Equal Employment and Affirmative Action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.

(posted online 25 February 2016)

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(none currently posted)

Women and minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply.  Indiana University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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