Career Opportunities


Title: Postdoctoral Associate in Insect-Parasite Interactions
Position Type: Post-Doctoral Position
Institution: University of Georgia
Department: Entomology
Field: host-parasite interactions
Athens, Georgia USA

General Information: We are looking for a motivated individual to join a collaborative NSF-funded project between the laboratories of Dr. Kerry M. Oliver and Michael R. Strand to understand the molecular basis of symbiont-mediated defense in an insect-parasitoid association.  Aphids infected with the symbiont Hamiltonella defensa are protected against parasitoids, but only if the bacterium is itself infected with toxin-encoding viruses (phage) called APSEs. We seek a postdoctoral researcher to utilize molecular and cellular approaches to better understand the mechanisms underlying symbiont-mediated protection.

Qualifications: Applicants should possess a recent PhD in a relevant field (e.g. Microbiology, Cell and Molecular Biology, Entomology) and a background in experimental biology.  We prefer candidates that have training and experience in arthropod systems, host-parasite or host-microbe interactions, immunology and/or insect cell culture. Excellent English language skills, both written and spoken, are required.

Responsibilities: Study the molecular basis of symbiont-based defense in an aphid-parasitoid interaction using a multidisciplinary approach.

Instructions: For further information, please contact Dr. K. M. Oliver ( or M. R. Strand (  Both investigators reside in the Department of Entomology at the University Georgia (UGA) and have diverse lab groups working on variety of projects of potential interest.  Both are also affiliated with other academic units that offer expertise and collaborative opportunities in molecular biology, ecology and evolution, and parasitology. Applicants should provide a CV, the names and addresses of 3 references, contact information (email, phone number), and a brief statement describing research interests, experience, and career goals.

Compensation: Competitive salary and benefits are included. This is a full-time position with funding for a minimum of two years contingent on satisfactory progress.

ContactN: Kerry Oliver
Reviews Start01/09/15
Apps Close
: 01/09/15


Title: Invertebrate Biologist
Position Type: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Institution: St. Edward's University
Department: Biological Sciences
Field: invertebiology biology
Austin, TX USA

General Information: St. Edward's University (SEU) in Austin, Texas invites applications for an invertebrate biologist to serve as a tenure track assistant professor in Biological Sciences, beginning mid-August, 2015. Applicants should have the interest and ability to teach a variety of biology courses and have research interests in invertebrate biology. Responsibilities include teaching major's general biology lecture and labs, evolution and the development of elective courses in the applicant's area of expertise. The successful candidate will also be expected to establish a successful research program involving undergraduates, be involved in undergraduate advising and in service to the department, school and university. SEU is a diverse community which appreciates faculty and students from all backgrounds.  It is an exciting time to be part of the St. Edward's community as the university increases its global engagement to educate students for the opportunities and challenges of a 21st century world.

More about St. Edward's University: Founded in 1885 by the Congregation of Holy Cross, St. Edward's University is a private, Catholic liberal arts institution of more than 5,000 students located in Austin, Texas. St. Edward's emphasizes critical thinking and ethical practices, as well as small classes, personalized learning and exciting internship opportunities. The community appreciates faculty and students from all backgrounds, as engagement with various perspectives prepares our students to be involved and equipped for life in a global society. The School of Natural Sciences offers B.A. and/or B.S. degrees in Biology, Medical Laboratory Science, Biochemistry, Bioinformatics, Environmental Chemistry, Chemistry, Computer Information Science, Computer Science, Forensic Chemistry, and Mathematics.  The School is located in the recently completed John Brooks Williams Science Center complex. The Wild Basin Creative Research Center (WBCRC) serves as an extension of main campus and includes 227 acres within the Balcones Canyonlands Preserve system.

Qualifications: - Ph.D. in biology required.

- Commitment to developing teaching excellence.

- Excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

- Commitment to serving a diverse student body.

- Successful completion of an employment and/or criminal history background check.

Responsibilities: - Initial teaching assignments include the senior-level Evolution course and the freshman-level Organisms and Populations lecture and laboratory with the possibility of additional opportunities in first year biology courses for non-majors.

- Development of elective courses in the applicant's area of expertise.

- Development of a successful research program involving undergraduates.

- Other required duties as specified in the Faculty Manual.

Instructions: Applications reviewed immediately and until position filled. Individuals are asked to include a cover letter that includes any courses which the applicant is especially qualified to teach (see Undergraduate Bulletin: and should indicate ways in which the applicant will support St. Edward's commitment to fostering a global perspective and to serving diverse students. Application must also include: SEU application, vita, a teaching philosophy, a short statement of research interests indicating how you will engage undergraduates and whether this work could involve WBCRC and the names, addresses, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references submitted online:

St. Edward's University is an equal opportunity employer and hires only U.S. citizens and documented workers.

ContactN: Amanda Kenney
Reviews Start: 10/16/2014
Apps Close: 03/29/2015


Title: Columbia University Science Fellows in Frontiers of Science
Position Type: Temporary Faculty
Institution: Columbia University
New York, NY USA

General Information: Frontiers of Science is a one-semester course that integrates modern science into the Core Curriculum of Columbia College in order to challenge the way students think about science, introduce exciting scientific ideas and inculcate scientific habits of mind. The program will appoint a number of post-doctoral fellows in the natural sciences for the academic year 2015-2016. We invite applications from qualified candidates who have received or will expect to receive the Ph.D. between 1 January 2011 and 30 June 2015. Columbia Science Fellows hold the rank of Lecturer in Discipline in an appropriate natural science department. The fellowship is renewable for a second and third year based on satisfactory performance.

Qualifications: Ph.D. received between 1 January 2011 and 30 June 2015.

Responsibilities: Fellows teach two once-per-week seminar sections each semester, attend the weekly course lecture, faculty meeting and pedagogical seminar, and carry out research under the guidance of their faculty mentor. In the third year of appointment, one semester of research leave from teaching is provided. In addition to teaching and research, the Fellows participate actively in the development of the course-wide Frontiers of Science curriculum and engage in the intellectual life of the department of affiliation.

Instructions: For more information on the program please contact Elina Yuffa or  212-854-4690 To apply, please visit our online site: Deadline for applications is  December 15, 2014. Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer.

Compensation: 49000
ContactN: Elina Yuffa
Reviews Start: 12/16/2014
Apps Close: 12/15/14


Title: Plant Evolutionary Biologist
Position Type: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Institution: California State University, Long Beach
Department: Biological Sciences
Field: Plant Evolutionary Biologist
Long Beach, CA, USA

General Information: POSITION: Assistant Professor of Biological Sciences (Plant Evolutionary Biologist)

EFFECTIVE DATE: August 17, 2015 (Fall Semester)

SALARY RANGE: Commensurate with qualifications and experience

RESEARCH SUPPORT: Facilities include three rooftop greenhouses built in 2011, two ground-level greenhouses, outdoor growing space, an AR-66L2X Percival growth chamber and one full-time botany technician. The new greenhouses are specialized for temperate (1360 sq. ft.), tropical (1360 sq. ft.), and arid (720 sq. ft.) conditions. The Department of Biological Sciences has several 4-wheel drive vehicles for general research use.

Qualifications: MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS:         Ph.D. in the biological sciences or related field and post-doctoral training and research in plant evolution utilizing both morphological and molecular traits. Record of peer-reviewed published research in plant evolutionary biology and potential for developing and sustaining an externally funded research program that involves students. Demonstrated potential for effective teaching of courses in Plant Morphology and Vascular Plant Systematics. Demonstrated commitment to working successfully with a diverse student population.

DESIRED/PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Knowledge of and experience with a broad range of cutting edge phylogenetic methods. Field research experience. Potential for developing a research program relevant to the Southern California region. Prior teaching at the university level. Potential to teach core biology courses at the undergraduate and graduate level. Evidence of ability to mentor undergraduate and graduate students in research. Record of extramural research support.

Responsibilities: DUTIES: Teach courses in Plant Morphology and Vascular Plant Systematics (with emphasis on the local flora) and in the undergraduate and graduate biology core curricula. Develop an active, externally funded research program that involves undergraduate and graduate students resulting in scientific presentations and publications. Participate in service to the department, college, university, and community.

Instructions: A Student Success Statement about your teaching or other experiences, successes, and challenges in working with a diverse student population (approximately one page)

*       Letter of application addressing the minimum and desired/preferred qualifications

*       CV (including current email address)

*       Statement of Research Interests

*       Statement of Teaching Philosophy

*       Reprints of three representative publications

*       Copy of transcript from institution awarding highest degree

*       Three current references or letters of recommendation sent directly to the address below.

*      Finalists will also be required to submit a signed SC-1 form, three current letters of recommendation(if not already submitted), and an official transcript.

Applicant documentation should be assembled into ONE PDF document and sent to Letters of recommendation, other required documentation, and/or requests for information should be addressed to the search committee:

Dr. Judy Brusslan, Chair
California State University, Long Beach
Department of Biological Sciences
1250 Bellflower Boulevard
Long Beach, CA 90840-9502

ContactN: Judy Brusslan
Reviews Start: 10/10/2014
Apps Close: 02/16/2015