Postdoctoral Scholar – GEODE
American Museum of Natural History (Invertebrate Zoology)
Jessica Ware and team are seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow for an NSF funded project focused on a global phylogeny of dragonflies and damselflies (Odonata). This project is funded across multiple lab groups and institutions (Ware Lab American Museum of Natural History, Bybee and Frandsen Labs BYU, Abbott Lab University of Alabama, Guralnick Lab University of Florida and Kalkman Lab Naturalis), with the goal of using anchored hybrid enrichment (AHE) to sequence ~70% of all species and provide a rich set of ecological data layers that can then be explored in a phylogenetic context. We seek a highly motivated individual with a bioinformatic skill set to help reconstruct the phylogeny of dragonflies (Anisoptera) and the broader Odonata from AHE data.
The Postdoctoral Fellow will assist in reconstructing the phylogeny of dragonflies (Anisoptera) and the broader Odonata using generated AHE data, morphological and other data. This work is part of a collaborative team effort to reconstruct the evolutionary history of taxa across Odonata, and the Postdoctoral Fellow will focus on Anisoptera taxon sampling.
The postdoc would have the opportunity to mentor undergraduate students through the AMNH REU program, as well as graduate students working directly on the GEODE project. There is also the opportunity for the postdoc to develop their own research.
University of California Los Angeles
Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
We are embarking on a new phase of research on rubyspot damselflies, with joint funding from the National Science Foundation (NSF) and Natural Environment Research Council(NERC). The project title is $B!H (BInterspecific interference, character displacement and range expansion $B!I (B. The overall goal is to make general contributions to knowledge of how behavioral interference between species affects ecological and evolutionary processes. This is a collaboration between the Grether lab at UCLA and the Drury lab at Durham University. For a brief summary of the scientific aims
and broader impacts of the project, and to read about our past discoveries with this highly tractable study system and the theoretical advances they led to, go to the $B!H (BJoin our team $B!I (B page on the Grether Lab UCLA website
The project includes several months of intensive fieldwork on rivers and streams in Central and North America. The UCLA postdoc will be expected to spend extended periods in the field, take on leadership roles, and participate fully in the data analysis and writing phases of the project. Qualifications for the position include a track record of high-quality research in ecology and evolutionary biology (broadly defined), significant field research experience, a strong publication record, excellent data management and statistical skills, and leadership experience. Spanish language proficiency is highly desired. No special
knowledge of insects is required. We value diversity of all kinds and embrace the University of California $B!G (Bs nondiscrimination policy. Please note, however, that the fieldwork is physically demanding and requires fine-motor skills and $B!H (Bnormal $B!I (B (trichromatic) color vision. To apply, please email your CV, a cover letter, the names and email addresses of 2-3 references, and pdfs of up to three publications to Greg Grether
at firstname.lastname@example.org. The cover letter should describe your research experience to date, any relevant abilities or skills, and your specific interests in joining this project.
Applications received by October 1, 2021 will be given full consideration. After that date, applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. The anticipated start date is February 1, 2022. The initial appointment will be for 1 year at 100% time, with the possibility of reappointment for up to three years in total. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete
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