Career Opportunities

Title: Graduate student
Position Type: Graduate student
Institution: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: Biology
Field: Ecology and Evolution
City: Lafayette, LA, USA

General Information: PhD and MSc positions

Qualifications: Dedication to research in tropical fish ecology and evolution

Responsibilities: Research and teaching in ecology and evolution

Instructions: TA undergraduate classes

Compensation: University fellowships 18K per year. TA/RA stipends 17K per year.
Contact: James Albert,
Web Link:
Review Starts: 5/20/2019
Application Closes: 9/15/2019



Title: Postdoctoral Position in Evolutionary/Population Genetics/Genomics
Position Type: Post-doctoral Position
Institution: Arizona State University
Department: School of Life Sciences
Field: Evolutionary/Population Genetics/Genomics
City: Tempe, AZ, USA

General Information: The Pfeifer lab at Arizona State University invites applications for a postdoctoral position.

Research in the lab focuses on analyzing genomic variation to quantify evolutionary processes, utilizing a combination of large-scale data analysis and modeling. Research topics are open to discussion and mutual interest though should fall within the general interests of the lab. Current research focuses on the study of population genetic processes in primates, as well as of adaptation during rapid environmental change (more detailed information may be found on the lab website: The ideal candidate should hold a Ph.D. in evolutionary/population genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, statistics, or similar.

The lab offers a stimulating, interdisciplinary, and supportive work environment with excellent opportunities for collaborative efforts as well as independent accomplishments. The lab is based in the School of Life Sciences and is associated with both the Centers for Mechanisms of Evolution ( and Evolution and Medicine ( The lab has strong intellectual ties - including weekly lab meetings, seminars, and journal clubs - with the local evolutionary/population genetics, primate genomics, and computational biology research community ( Phoenix stays warm year-round with over 300 days of sunshine and offers many excellent restaurants, a vibrant art, music, and cultural scene, as well as beautiful nature preserves for any kind of outdoor activities.

Qualifications: Ph.D. in evolutionary/population genetics, genomics, bioinformatics, statistics, or similar

Responsibilities: Research topics are open to discussion and mutual interest though should fall within the general interests of the lab. Current research focuses on the study of population genetic processes in primates, as well as of adaptation during rapid environmental change (more detailed information may be found on the lab website:

Instructions: Informal inquires as well as applications (including a short summary of research interests, CV, and contact information for two references) should be emailed to The evaluation of applications will begin immediately, and will continue until a suitable candidate has been found. The start date is flexible.

Contact: Susanne Pfeifer, tenure-track Assistant Professor, School of Life Sciences, Arizona State University,
Web Link:
Review Starts: 5/20/2019
Application Closes: 6/3/2019



Title: Staff Research Associate II
Position Type: Research Assistant
Institution: UC Berkeley
Department: Plant and Microbial Biology
Field: Evolutionary Genetics
City: Berkeley, CA, USA

General Information: About Berkeley: The University of California, Berkeley, is one of the world’s most iconic teaching and research institutions. Since 1868, Berkeley has fueled a perpetual renaissance, generating unparalleled intellectual, economic and social value in California, the United States and the world. Berkeley’s culture of openness, freedom and acceptance—academic and artistic, political and cultural—make it a very special place for students, faculty and staff.

Berkeley is committed to hiring and developing staff who want to work in a high performing culture that supports the outstanding work of our faculty and students. In deciding whether to apply for a staff position at Berkeley, candidates are strongly encouraged to consider the alignment of the Berkeley Workplace Culture with their potential for success at

Departmental Overview: The Blackman Laboratory in the Department of Biology is seeking a Staff Research Associate to assist with research in evolutionary and ecological developmental genetics using sunflower and monkeyflower as study systems. Research in the lab focuses on how and why plant developmental responses to environmental cues evolve during domestication, adaptation, and speciation.

For information on the comprehensive benefits package offered by the University visit:

Other Information: This is a full-time, limited position not to exceed 900 working hours (approx 4-5 months).

This position is governed by the terms and conditions in the agreement for the Research Support Professionals Unit (RX) between the University of California and the University Professional and Technical Employees (UPTE). The current bargaining agreement manual can be found at:

Equal Employment Opportunity
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, or protected veteran status.

For more information about your rights as an applicant see:

For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:

Qualifications: Required Qualifications

The specialist must be able to be able to work in the field and in a greenhouse, manage data sets utilizing Excel, perform sterile techniques, prepare media, carry out basic procedures associated with DNA amplification and sequencing, and follow research protocols and regulatory guidelines with exactness.

Must be able to train and supervise student workers and coordinate student work schedules.

Good baseline knowledge of genetics, plant biology, and evolutionary biology is essential.

The specialist must have strong organizational, computer, and communication skills, including familiarity with Microsoft Office tools.

Excellent oral and written communication in daily interactions is necessary in order to work independently and as part of a team and provide direct support to leaders as needed; and to assist in training, provide work direction, prepare reports, and keep records.

Preferred Qualifications

Experience using packages relating to statistics, image analysis, phylogeny, sequence alignment, and bioinformatics.  

Experience building libraries for next-generation sequencing.

Research experience working with sunflower and/or monkeyflower.

Associate's degree and at least 2 years of lab experience which may include student experience; or Bachelor's degree in related science; or an equivalent combination of education and experience.

Responsibilities: Planning and Carrying Out Experiments: includes planning and executing greenhouse, growth chamber, and field studies; carrying out DNA/RNA extractions, PCR or qRT-PCR amplification, sequencing library construction and sequencing

Assist in evaluating research methods, procedures, and techniques, based on established objectives.

Provide basic assistance to researchers in manipulating, computing, and analyzing data using specialized statistical computer software.

Assist with training other staff members on procedures; may supervise students or volunteers.

Assist Principal Investigators and other researchers in developing new strategies and techniques for experimentation.

Provide routine, technical, and administrative support to research projects.

Managing Datasets and Seed Stocks: Record/enter, proofread, organize, and summarize datasets in Excel or other database software; ensure the integrity of large datasets, samples, and notes so they are easily accessible to the Principal Investigator and other lab members; organize and maintain lab seed stocks.

Maintaining and Collecting Data on Experiments in Controlled or Field Conditions: take responsibility for daily observations of germination and flowering of plants in greenhouse, growth chamber, or field facilities; measure additional traits as necessary, including image capture of floral development; perform genetic crosses to develop new mapping populations or inbred lines as well as perpetuate existing germplasm

General Laboratory Administration: assist with training other staff members on procedures; supervise students or volunteer personnel and coordinate their work schedules; fulfill the lab’s purchasing needs, ensuring supplies are well stocked and communicating with fiscal staff as needed; keep the lab’s chemical inventory and compliance with safety regulations up to date

Job ID# 26825

The First Review Date for this job is: May 17, 2019

Please submit your cover letter and resume as a single attachment when applying.

Compensation: This is an exempt, monthly paid position.  Salary is commensurate with experience within the range of $47,100.00 - $58,560.00.
Contact: Benjamin Blackman,
Web Link:
Review Starts: 5/6/2019
Application Closes: 5/17/2019



Title: Postdoctoral Researcher in Quantitative Ecology
Position Type: Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Institution: The Morton Arboretum
Department: Science and Conservation
Field: Quantitative Ecology
City: Lisle, IL, USA

General Information: The Morton Arboretum invites applications for a two year postdoctoral researcher for an NSF-supported project focused on quantifying species’ historical range shifts and population sizes using multiple data types. The successful applicant will join an international team of researchers with expertise in mathematics/ statistics, ecology, biogeography, and population genetics. The postdoctoral researcher will collaborate with the project team to develop and implement quantitative methods to make inference about range shifts since the last Ice Age by integrating datasets which have different characteristics and spatial and temporal resolution (environmental, paleoecological, and genetic data).  The project is described at
The Morton Arboretum is a world-class plant science research institute and public botanic garden near Chicago, USA, with research strengths in ecology, conservation, and genomics.  The Morton Arboretum has ongoing collaborations with scientists at the Field Museum, University of Illinois Chicago, two National Laboratories, the Brookfield Zoo, and Chicago Botanic Garden.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a Ph.D. (or Ph.D. defense scheduled in the very near future) in the quantitative sciences (i.e., mathematical biology, statistics, theoretical ecology, or related fields), OR in an ecological field with demonstrated experience in quantitative ecology. Experience in Bayesian statistics, spatial modeling, state-space modeling, or mathematical modeling is preferred.  Some experience in computer programming is preferred. Other desired qualifications include a strong work ethic, problem-solving and time management skills, and experience communicating scientific results. Applicants should demonstrate interest in working at the interface of statistics and ecology, and in contributing to a growing open-source project.

Responsibilities: The postdoctoral researcher will be provided opportunities for professional development, depending on their interests, including attending international scientific meetings, and mentoring in code development and scientific ethics.  Other opportunities could include involvement in outreach (e.g., curriculum development, workshop implementation), supervising undergraduate researchers, networking, and participation in workshops and short courses. The postdoctoral researcher will have freedom to identify and attend relevant opportunities, for which funding will be provided.
The position is funded for two years, with possibility for continuing support pending future funding success.  The postdoctoral researcher will be based at The Morton Arboretum and will primarily work with Dr. Sean Hoban, Dr. Andria Dawson (Mount Royal University, Calgary), and Dr. Adam Smith (Missouri Botanical Garden).  The position will require some travel to work with collaborators at Mount Royal University and the Missouri Botanical Garden, as well as attend team meetings and workshops. All travel costs are covered by grant funds.

Instructions: Application materials must include four documents concatenated into two PDFs as follows. Relevant qualifications and skills should be clearly highlighted in the cover letter and CV.

One document to include:
1-2 page cover letter describing your qualifications and your interest in the project (project is described at
evidence of scientific outputs (e.g. writing samples such as publications, dissertation, unpublished manuscripts, technical reports)
names and contact information for three references

Second document to include: CV/Resume

Applications may be submitted until the position is filled; applications received by April 15 are guaranteed consideration. A start date of Fall 2019 or earlier is preferred. Applicants must apply at Inquiries about the job or the application process are welcome- please contact Dr. Sean Hoban (, Dr. Adam Smith (, or Dr. Andria Dawson (
The Morton Arboretum is an equal opportunity employer committed to achieving a diverse workforce.
Contact: Colleen Emrick,
Web Link:
Review Starts: 4/15/2019
Application Closes: 9/15/2019



Title: Assistant Professor (Invertebrate Biology)
Position Type: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Institution: Western Carolina University
Department: Biology
Field: Invertebrate Biology
City: Cullowhee, NC, USA

General Information: The Department of Biology at Western Carolina University invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Invertebrate Zoology at the Assistant Professor level, to start August 2019. Candidates addressing questions in the broad areas of evolutionary and organismal biology, especially in non-model organisms, are encouraged to apply. To learn more about the Western Carolina University and the Biology Department, visit

WCU embraces its role as a community-engaged university designated by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching and has adopted the Boyer Model of Scholarship to support its commitment to integrated learning and the scholarship of engagement. Potential candidates who demonstrate a commitment to community engagement through teaching, service, and scholarship are highly encourage to apply.WCU is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled & Veteran Employer.

Qualifications: A successful candidate will be expected to teach undergraduate and graduate level courses, develop an active research program involving undergraduate and Master’s students, be actively involved in academic activities in the department and the university, and be willing to embrace the university’s commitment to equity, diversity and inclusivity. Applicants should have a Ph.D. in an appropriate field, postdoctoral experience or its equivalent, teaching experience at the undergraduate level, and a record of scholarly productivity with the expectation of continued scholarship at a primarily undergraduate university. Preference will be given to applicants with the ability to teach courses in invertebrate zoology, biology of arthropods, evolutionary biology, and introductory organismal biology.

Responsibilities: Teach courses in invertebrate zoology, biology of arthropods, evolutionary biology, and introductory organismal biology. Develop an active research program involving undergraduate and Master’s students.

Instructions: To access the position, visit Application materials must be submitted online. Materials to be submitted include a 1) cover letter; 2) curriculum vita; 3) statement of teaching experience and interests; 4) description of current and proposed research; 5) list of three academic references with contact information; and 6) unofficial transcripts. Review of applications will begin October 31 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries may be directed to Dr. Thomas Martin at

Contact: Tom Martin,
Web Link:
Review Starts: 10/31/2018
Application Closes: until filled



Title: Assistant Professor - Global Change Biologist
Position Type: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Institution: University of Texas at El Paso
Department: Biological Sciences
Field: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
City: El Paso, TX, US

General Information: The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Texas at El Paso (UTEP) invites applications for a tenure-track assistant professor position for a Global Change Biologist. In particular, we are seeking candidates with expertise in organismal biology and the use of state-of-the-art approaches to study adaptation, habitat shifts, and behavioral and/or other responses to global change. Prospective candidates working at higher ecological levels (e.g., populations, communities, ecosystems), particularly in the US Southwest, are also encouraged to apply.

ABOUT THE DEPARTMENT: The Department of Biological Sciences is among the most productive departments at UTEP and contributes to interdisciplinary graduate programs in Environmental Science, Environmental Science and Engineering, Bioinformatics, and Computational Science. An EEB doctoral program has recently been established. Existing faculty expertise includes ecological, evolutionary, biomedical, and education research fields. Core facilities include capacities for DNA Next-Gen sequencing, bioinformatics, and statistics; Biodiversity Collections; a green roof; and a greenhouse. The department also manages the 38,000-acre Indio Mountains Research Station. Current EEB faculty conduct research throughout the Chihuahuan Desert, Arctic, Congo, Southeast Asia, and Central and South America. More information is available at the Department of Biological Sciences website.

ABOUT UTEP: Located in one of the largest binational communities in the world, The University of Texas at El Paso is unique among research institutions. UTEP enrolls more than 25,000 students, most of whom are Hispanic. The Brookings Institution in 2017 ranked UTEP as the No. 1 leader in equal access to higher education, based on a combination of research productivity and student social mobility. The University has annual externally funded research expenditures of $95 million, maintains an operating budget of $500 million and employs 4,000 people. With 172 bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral degree programs available in eight colleges and schools, UTEP is the first national research university serving a 21st century student demographic.

Qualifications: In particular, we are seeking candidates with expertise in organismal biology and the use of state-of-the-art approaches to study adaptation, habitat shifts, and behavioral and/or other responses to global change. Prospective candidates working at higher ecological levels (e.g., populations, communities, ecosystems), particularly in the US Southwest, are also encouraged to apply. Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree, postdoctoral research experience, and a strong record of research accomplishments.

Responsibilities: The anticipated appointment date is fall 2019 or earlier. The successful candidate is expected to establish an extramurally funded research program; to teach and mentor undergraduate, masters’, and doctoral students; and to serve as a member of the Ecology and Evolutionary Biology (EEB) core faculty. Candidates’ research should have a strong potential for collaboration with existing EEB faculty and be able to attract extramural funding.

Instructions: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Candidates must submit a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, statement of research interest, a brief description of teaching and service philosophy, and complete contact information for at least three references. For questions about the position, you may contact Prof. Craig Tweedie, Search Committee Chair at

Contact: Prof. Craig Tweedie,
Web Link:
Review Starts: 10/01/18
Application Closes: Review will continue until position is filled.



Title: Huxley Fellow in Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
Position Type: Post-Doctoral Research Fellow
Institution: Rice University
Department: BioSciences at Rice
Field: Ecology & Evolutionary Biology
City: Houston, TX, USA

BioSciences at Rice University seeks to fill a position in the prestigious Huxley Fellow Program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology starting in January, 2019. Rice is a private university, located in Houston, Texas, with a strong commitment to the highest standards of research and undergraduate and graduate education. Huxley Fellow Program appointments are for two years, with a third year extension possible.  Huxley Fellows receive non-tenure track faculty status, benefits, salary commensurate with experience, and modest research funds.

Rice University is an Equal Opportunity Employer with commitment to diversity at all levels, and considers for employment qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, age, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, genetic information, disability, or protected veteran status.

Qualifications: We seek candidates with a Ph.D. and outstanding potential, who can contribute through their research and teaching to the inclusive excellence of the Rice academic community. We particularly welcome applications from women and members of historically underrepresented groups, who bring diverse cultural experiences and who are especially qualified to mentor and advise members of our diverse student population.

Responsibilities: Huxley Fellows are outstanding early-career scientists who pursue their own independent research programs in ecology and/or evolution, while teaching at the graduate and undergraduate levels.
Instructions: To apply, please submit the following materials: (1) cover letter, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) research statement, and (4) statement of teaching philosophy at In addition, candidates will be asked to provide the names and contact information for 3 references, who will automatically be emailed for letters of recommendation at the time of application.

Application review will begin August 15, 2018. For informal inquiries, contact Dr. Scott P. Egan, Huxley Fellow Search Committee Chair.

Compensation: Competitive Salary.
Contact:  Scott Egan,
Web Link:
Review Starts: August 15, 2018
Application Closes: Open until filled



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