Career Opportunities


Title: Director, Southwestern Research Station
Position Type: Permanent Position
Institution: American Museum of Natural History
Department: Science
Field: evolution, natural history, ecology
New York, NY USA

General Information: Position, Director, Southwestern Research Station American Museum of Natural History Location  Portal, AZ Website The American Museum of Natural History (AMNH) in New York invites applications and nominations for an outstanding researcher/administrator to serve as the Director of the Southwestern Research Station (SWRS). The Director is charged with leadership of a remote field station which provides scientists, educators, and students from the Museum and other institutions, as well as the public, the opportunity to participate in and conduct scientific research, workshops, and classes in one of the most biodiversity-rich environments in the United States. Since 1955, SWRS has served those interested in studying the diverse environments and biotas of southeastern Arizona. Visitors live in comfortable accommodations with meal service and enjoy use of laboratory and equipment, library, outdoor animal facilities, gift shop, and recreational facilities. The station is located in the Chiricahua Mountains of southeastern Arizona with proximity to pristine Spruce forest and desert habitats, with trails for hiking and climbing in spectacular scenery.

Qualifications: PhD in one of the natural sciences, outstanding communication skills in engaging diverse user communities, experience in field station and/or laboratory management, and proclivity for obtaining external funding in support of infrastructure and operational needs and scientific, educational and outreach objectives.  Preferred qualifications: Scientific research interests in an area commensurate with SWRS location and opportunities; track record of successful grantsmanship in research, instrumentation, and field station support; interest in establishing collaborations with neighboring universities; previous experience in successful community relations.

Responsibilities: The Director is responsible for operation and administration of facilities, education and research programs, budget, purchasing, and personnel. We particularly seek applications from candidates with previous experience and high standards in administration, education, and scientific research and a compelling vision for the future trajectory of biological field stations in general.

Instructions: Required Documents: Resume/CV, Cover Letter

Optional Documents: three letters of reference

Special Instructions to Applicants: Cover letter must address candidate's relevant previous experience and qualifications; names and contact information for references may be submitted in advance of solicitation of reference letters for finalists.

Quicklink for Posting Requisition number: 91940

In addition to applications, we invite recommendations or nominations of potential candidates, and request that these include a resume and contact information for the nominee.. Nomination materials may be submitted electronically, preferably as PDF files, via a single email message to Dr. Scott Schaefer, Associate Dean of Science,

ContactN: Scott Schaefer
ReviewStart: 06/29/15
Apps Close: 07/29/15:


Title: Assistant/Associate Developmental Biology
Position Type: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Institution: University of Richmond
Department: Biology
Field: Developmental Biologists
Richmond, Virginia USA

General Information: The Department of Biology at the University of Richmond invites applications for a tenure-track developmental biologist with a rank of Assistant Professor; applications from well-qualified applicants at the Associate Professor level will also be considered. We seek a broadly trained biologist who is committed to high quality undergraduate education and developing an innovative research program in developmental biology that applies cutting edge methodologies in the discipline.

Qualifications: The candidate should have a Ph. D and postdoctoral experience; the start date is August 2016.

Responsibilities: We are particularly interested in candidates with a commitment to the synergy between teaching and research at a liberal arts undergraduate institution and who support the success of underrepresented students and faculty in the sciences.  The successful applicant will teach developmental biology and other courses in the major and within the general education curriculum in the candidate's area of expertise. The typical faculty teaching load is a 3/2 (alternating semesters of 9 and 6 contact hours). The tenure-track position includes a research laboratory and equipment startup funds. The Biology department is actively engaged with the "Vision and Change in Undergraduate Education: A Call to Action" ( and student-centered teaching and research programs align with those recommendations. Applicants should apply online at

Instructions: Applicants should upload one PDF file containing a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, and a PDF containing a statement of teaching philosophy and a statement of research experience and future plans; each statement should also highlight the integration of teaching and research and the efforts or plans to support inclusivity and diversity in the context of an undergraduate Liberal Arts institution. Applicants will also be asked to submit electronically the names of three references who will receive an automated email asking them to submit their reference letters to this website. Review of applications will commence on September 1, 2015.

ContactN: Rafael de Sa
Reviews Start: 09/01/15
Apps Close:  09/01/15


Title: Assistant Professor
Position Type: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Institution: Michigan State University
Department: Integrative Biology
Field: Evolutionary Genomics
East Lansing, MI USA

General Information: A National Science Foundation postdoctoral position is now available in the Electric Fish Laboratory in thesparky_lablogo_notext_smaller Department of Integrative Biology at Michigan State University ( concerning the genomic basis of electric signal diversity in mormyrid electric fish.  Electric signals are crucial in the evolution of reproductive isolation among the rapidly diverged Paramormyrops genus. This interdisciplinary project will involve the combination of gene expression analysis (RNA-seq), population genomics, and the application of new and exciting transgenic techniques in non-model systems.  For an overview of approaches see Gallant et al. (2014, Science) and Gallant et al. (2014, Nature Communications).

This position is available as of May 2015, but start dates are negotiable.   Appointment for this position will be initially for 12 months, with the possibility of renewal for up to three years, contingent on the continued availability of funds as well as satisfactory output of successful applicant.

Qualifications: Required qualifications: Ph.D. or equivalent degree in biology, evolution, bioinformatics, genetics or related field. Publication of work based on Ph.D. thesis is required, as well as teaching and supervisory experience.  A strong working knowledge of next-generation sequencing technologies, as well as proficiency in the use of UNIX/Linux command line operating systems.  Competence in at least one computer scripting language (R, Python, Perl, MATLAB).  Must be willing and able to perform fieldwork in Gabon, West-Central Africa.

Preferred qualifications: Experience with genomic assembly and analysis, population genetics, experience and background in communication systems and aquatic vertebrates, fluency or competency in French.

Responsibilities: The successful applicant will be responsible for constructing genomic and transcriptomic libraries, as well as their assembly and analysis using bioinformatics tools in a high-performance computing environment.  Work will require the development of new research methodologies and tools, and publishing results in high-impact journals.  In addition, successful applicants will be responsible for co-training undergraduate, graduate students and technicians, as well as contributing to the overall research environment of the University.  Successful applicant will be encouraged to participate in a one-of-a-kind NSF-sponsored BEACON center for the study of evolution in action (, for which MSU is the host institution.  Professional development opportunities will be provided in conjunction with the MSU Office of Postdoctoral Training and the Center For Academic Excellence.

Instructions: To apply, email the following: a cover letter, current CV, and the contact information (phone number and email address) of three referees to jgallant [at]

Contact: Jason Gallant
Reviews Start: 05/15/2015
Apps Close: 09/15/2015


Title: Postdoc in Bioinformatics and Molecular Plant Biology: Citrus Greening
Position Type: Postdoc
Institution: USDA
Department: PGEC
Field: Bioinformatics
Albany, CA USA

General Information: The Lewis lab seeks a highly motivated and creative post-doctoral research associate with expertise in bioinformatics and molecular plant biology for a USDA-funded project on citrus greening, caused by the bacterial pathogen Candidatus Liberibacter asiaticus. The Lewis Lab is located at the Plant Gene Expression Center (PGEC) in Albany, California and is part of a unique collaboration between the Agricultural Research Service of the US Department of Agriculture and the Plant and Microbial Biology Department at the University of California, Berkeley.

Qualifications: This position requires a recent PhD (within last 4 years) in plant molecular biology or plant molecular pathology or closely related field. The successful candidate must have experience in programming (i.e. Perl, Python, etc), in molecular biology, and knowledge of microbiology, genetics, and/or plant biology.

The candidate should possess strong interpersonal and communication skills, an excellent publication record, the ability to develop manuscripts and orally present data, and the ability to work creatively, independently and as part of a team. Due to restrictions from the funding agency, the candidate must also possess US citizenship or be a permanent resident who meets certain eligibility requirements.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will conduct bioinformatic and evolutionary analysis of Candidatus Liberibacter genomes, and validate putative elicitors in defense induction in citrus using assays for basal immunity.

Instructions: To apply for this position, please email a cover letter, CV, a list of publications, and the names and contact information for three references to: with subject line Citrus Greening Postdoc

Compensation: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.
Contact: Jennifer Lewis
Reviews Start: 4/7/2015
Apps Close: 12/31/2015


Title: Assistant Professor
Position Type: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Institution: University of Virginia
Department: Biology
Field: Evolutionary Ecology
Charlottesville, VA USA

General Information: University of Virginia: Postdoc in Evolutionary Genetics of Sexual Conflict

The Department of Biology at the University of Virginia invites applications for a postdoctoral Research Associate position in the lab of Dr. Robert Cox. The aims of the position will be tailored to the expertise of the successful applicant and will be closely associated with our NSF-funded research on the evolutionary and ecological genetics of sexual dimorphism and genomic conflict in Anolis lizards.

Our research blends perspectives from ecology, genetics, and physiology to study the evolutionary dynamics associated with the highly divergent reproductive roles of males and females. Using sexually dimorphic Anolis lizards as a model system, we study a variety of questions related to the quantitative genetics of sexually dimorphic phenotypes and fitness optima, the physiological and endocrine mechanisms that underlie sex differences in development, and the roles of natural and sexual selection in shaping the evolutionary trajectories of males and females in the wild. Our typical approaches include large-scale breeding studies in the lab, phylogenetic comparative analyses, phenotypic manipulations, and long-term studies of natural selection, sexual selection, and quantitative genetics of wild lizard populations in Florida and The Bahamas.

Qualifications: Demonstrated expertise in ecological or evolutionary genetics is required. Preferred skills include expertise in some combination of the following: selection analysis, RAD-seq, RNA-seq, programming and bioinformatics related to the above, and quantitative genetics of wild populations using an animal-model framework.

The completion of a PhD degree in Biology or related field by the start date of the appointment is required. Preferred appointment start date is September 1, 2015, but alternative start dates are possible. This is a one-year appointment; however, appointment may be renewed for an additional two one-year increments, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

Responsibilities: The Research Associate will work closely with the PI, collaborators, and lab personnel to design and lead research in the lab and field. The position also involves preparation of grant proposals, conference presentations, and manuscripts, management and analysis of data, and mentoring of graduate and undergraduate students. The ideal candidate will demonstrate the ability to integrate across biological disciplines and use the appointment to develop and pursue novel, exciting questions.

Instructions: To apply, please submit a candidate profile through Jobs@UVA ( and electronically attach: curriculum vitae with list of publications, a cover letter that summarizes research interests and professional goals, and contact information for three (3) references. Search on posting number 0616288.

Review of applications will begin  May 17, 2015. However, the position will remain open until filled.

Questions regarding this position should be directed to: Dr. Robert Cox (

Questions regarding the Candidate Profile process or Jobs@UVA should be directed to: Rich Haverstrom (

The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

The University of Virginia is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. Women, minorities, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Contact: Robert Cox
Reviews Start: 05/17/15
Apps Close: until filled