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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 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 ( Additional information about research in the Moczek lab can be found at

Indiana University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

(posted online 5 February, 2014)

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Research Associate/Laboratory Manager

Dean Rowe-Magnus' laboratory studies horizontal gene transfer in the evolution of bacterial pathogens, biofilm formation, and c-di-GMP signaling pathways using a variety of genetic and biochemical techniques. The successful candidate will work collaboratively with the PI and other lab members to manage the lab, perform bench-top research, and generate results for publication.  

Responsibilities include: overseeing general lab organization and performing routine lab management tasks such as ordering supplies and interacting with vendors, maintaining instrumentation, preparing and autoclaving media and disposables, implementing laboratory safety standards; conducting bacterial genetic experiments using diverse molecular biology techniques such as PCR, cloning, conjugation, western blotting, protein purification, etc.; troubleshooting and optimizing protocols and developing new methods; assisting with grant applications and paper writing; supervising and training other research personnel (graduate and undergraduate students).  

Qualifications:  MSc/PhD in Microbiology, Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, or a related discipline; expertise in microbial genetics strongly preferred.  3 to 5 years experience in molecular biology; 1+ years experience working in laboratory environment. Ability to work independently and collaboratively, take initiative, and problem solve. Good oral and written communication skills and excellent organizational skills. Fluent in English. Computer literate.  The successful applicant will be enthusiastic, motivated by experimental and analytical challenges, and skilled in a diverse range of laboratory techniques.  

Salary commensurate with education and experience. To apply, qualified candidates should submit a letter of application and CV that includes the name, email, and phone number of at least three references to or send to Dee Verostko, 1001 E. Third St., Bloomington, IN 47405. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Second listing.

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

(posted online 28 March, 2014)

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