Career Opportunities


 

Title: Volunteer field assistant: phainopepla breeding biology
Position Type: Technician
Institution: Princeton University
Department: Ecology and Evolutionary Biology
Field: Behavioral ecology
Mojave National Preserve, California USA

General Information: Who: I am a postdoctoral researcher at Princeton University. Please see my website www.danbaldassarre.weebly.com for more info about me. I have ten years experience running field projects and have worked with dozens of field assistants, with whom I like to work hard but also have fun in the field!

What: I am seeking a capable field assistant for a project on the breeding biology and migration of phainopeplas in the Mojave Desert. We will be capturing adult birds with mist nets, measuring, banding, and taking blood samples. We will also be nest searching, monitoring nests, and measuring, banding, and taking blood samples from nestlings. Finally, we will be attaching miniature GPS transmitters to adults to track their post-breeding migration. Work hours and schedule will be flexible but should be on the order of eight hours a day, six days a week, with the opportunity for local trips and recreation (VEGAS BABY!) on days off. Travel, food, and lodging will be paid for, but a stipend is not included. We may be able to negotiate some other form of reimbursement down the road to help defray the costs of volunteering.

Where: Bureau of Land Management land outside of the Mojave National Preserve in San Bernadino County, CA. Habitat is ephemeral desert wash dominated by mesquite, willow, and creosote. We will be staying at the wonderful nearby Desert Studies Center operated by Cal State University, Fullerton (http://nsm.fullerton.edu/dsc/). This is a bustling research station with excellent facilities and support, including WiFi.

When: Approximately February 1 to March 31. Apologies for the late notice, but this posting is to fill a last minute vacancy!

To apply: Please send a short cover letter, CV, and list of three people who can provide references to danieltb@princeton.edu.

Qualifications: Experience nest searching and mist netting.

Responsibilities: We will be capturing adult birds with mist nets, measuring, banding, and taking blood samples. We will also be nest searching, monitoring nests, and measuring, banding, and taking blood samples from nestlings. Finally, we will be attaching miniature GPS transmitters to adults to track their post-breeding migration. Work hours and schedule will be flexible but should be on the order of eight hours a day, six days a week, with the opportunity for local trips and recreation (VEGAS BABY!) on days off.

Instructions: Please send a short cover letter, CV, and list of three people who can provide references to danieltb@princeton.edu.

Compensation: Travel, food, and lodging will be paid for, but a stipend is not included. We may be able to negotiate some other form of reimbursement down the road to help defray the costs of volunteering.

ContactN: Daniel Baldassarre
ContactEdanieltb@princeton.edu
WebLinkhttp://danbaldassarre.weebly.com
Reviews Start: 01/17/17
Apps Close: 02/01/17


 

Title: Postdoctoral Research on the Evolution of Plant Mating Systems
Position Type: Post-Doctoral Position
Institution: University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee
Department: Dept of Biological Sciences
Field: Plant Mating Systems
Milwaukee, Wisconsin USA

General Information: A postdoctoral research position exploring how community context and pollination dynamics influence the evolution of stable mixed mating is available in the laboratory of Jeff Karron at the University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee.  In collaboration with Randy Mitchell (University of Akron), Dorset Trapnell (University of Georgia), Emmanuelle Porcher (Muséum National d’Histoire Naturelle) and Celine Devaux (Université de Montpellier), this project will use empirical and theoretical investigations to test the hypothesis that interactions with co-flowering species alter the evolutionary tradeoff between outcross siring and selfing. During the first field season (June-August 2017), the postdoc, Jeff Karron, Randy Mitchell and our students will manipulate ecological context in experimental populations of Mimulus ringens to explore whether a change in co-flowering species abundance shifts the pattern of natural selection on selfing rate.  This work will be conducted at the UWM Field Station in Saukville, WI.

During Fall 2017 the postdoc will spend 2 months in France, collaborating with Emmanuelle Porcher and Celine Devaux on the development of an innovative model of mating system evolution that incorporates both genetic factors and community context.  Model development will continue in Milwaukee through May 2018.  The postdoc will also participate in propagation of seedlings for paternity assignment.

During Summer 2018 the postdoc, Randy Mitchell, Jeff Karron and our students will explore evolutionary response to ecological context in natural populations of Mimulus ringens in Ohio and Wisconsin. This will include quantification of pollen limitation, inbreeding depression, and selfing rates in natural populations differing in ecological context and floral display.

The postdoc will then return to France for two months during Fall 2018.  This will afford an opportunity for further model refinement and to begin testing the model using biologically realistic parameters.  Modelling will then continue in Milwaukee through January 2019. This position is funded for 20 months.  The start date is June 1, 2017.

Qualifications: A PhD in Biology, Botany, Evolution, Ecology or a related discipline is required.   Applicants should have considerable field research experience in plant-pollinator interactions and strong modelling / quantitative skills.   Candidates will be evaluated based on past research productivity and alignment of applicant experience with the goals of this project.  Employment will require a criminal

University of Wisconsin-Milwaukee is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce.  Applicants from groups traditionally underrepresented in science are especially encouraged to apply.

Responsibilities: please see above under General Information

Instructions: Applicants should send a single pdf file consisting of a letter of interest that highlights relevant experience, a CV, 2 relevant publications, and contact information for three references to Jeff Karron.  Please email karron@uwm.edu, using “Postdoctoral candidate – plant mating systems” as the subject line. Deadline for applications is January 17, 2017.

ContactN: Jeffrey Karron
ContactE: karron@uwm.edu
WebLink: karron@uwm.edu
Reviews Start: January 18, 2017
Apps Close: January 17, 2017


 

Title: Assistant Professor in Teaching Postsecondary Biology
Position Type: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Institution: Northern Illinois University
Department: Biology
Field: Postsecondary Biology Teaching
DeKalb, Illinois USA

General Information: The Department of Biological Sciences at Northern Illinois University anticipates hiring a tenure track faculty with a focus on Biology Education and Research. The position is at the assistant professor rank and is a traditional nine month appointment.

Northern Illinois University is a research university with a diverse student population of 19,000. NIU is in DeKalb, IL, an affordable and growing community situated between the Chicago and Rockford metropolitan areas. The university has strong connections to other regional research and education institutions.

Qualifications:

REQUIRED SKILLS

  • Doctorate in biology, science education, (or closely related field) with a significant emphasis on biology education.
  • Evidence of implementation of research-based, high-quality instruction of students in biology
  • Excellence in teaching courses for biology majors and non-majors
  • Demonstrated research and publication record in biology or biological education
  • Potential for securing external funding
  • Potential for supervising research students

PREFERRED SKILLS

  • Ability to provide leadership with the pedagogical aspect of biology education
  • Ability to collaborate and communicate effectively with multiple audiences
  • Ability to teach, mentor, and support students from diverse backgrounds

Responsibilities:  The successful candidate will establish a robust, externally funded research program in teaching at the postsecondary level. The candidate will also contribute to undergraduate teaching in biological sciences for majors and non-majors as well as collaborate with faculty in designing or revising biology courses or elements of courses including the development of innovative and effective assignments, activities and instructional approaches.

Additional responsibilities include mentoring and supporting students from diverse backgrounds; service to the department, college, university, and community; training graduate and undergraduate students emphasizing biological education research topics and approaches. Expectations also include designing and facilitating workshops and courses on biology pedagogy. For details see niu.edu/biology/education-research.shtml.

Instructions: Submit an application letter, curriculum vitae, teaching philosophy and statement of research, and complete contact information for three professional references to biologysearch@niu.edu. Review of applications begins  January 6, 2017, and preference will be given to applications received by this date although applications will be accepted until the position is filled. For questions, contact the search committee chair Dr. Jon Miller at jsmiller@niu.edu. Proposed Start Date: August 14, 2017.

In compliance with the Illinois Campus Security Act, before an offer of employment is made, the university will conduct a pre-employment background investigation, which includes a criminal background check.

In accordance with applicable statutes and regulations, NIU is an equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, ancestry, sex, religion, age, physical and mental disability, marital status, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, political affiliation, or any other factor unrelated to professional qualifications, and will comply with all applicable federal and state statutes, regulations and orders pertaining to nondiscrimination, equal opportunity and affirmative action. NIU recognizes Dual Career issues.

In compliance with federal law, all persons hired will be required to verify identity and eligibility to work in the United States and to complete the required employment eligibility verification document form upon hire.

Compensation: TBD
ContactN: Jon Miller
ContactEjsmiller@niu.edu
WebLink: http://jobs.niu.edu/JobDetail.cfm?Job=61968
Reviews Start: 01/06/17
Apps Close: 03/31/17


 

Title: Comparative Animal Physiologist
Position Type: Visiting Faculty
Institution: The College of Wooster
Department: Department of Biology
Field: Animal Physiology
Wooster, Ohio USA

General Information: The Biology Department invites applications for a full time one-year position as Comparative Animal Physiologist beginning August 2017.

Qualifications: Applicants should have a PhD or anticipate completion by fall 2017, and be eligible to work in the U.S.; postdoctoral research and/or teaching experience preferred. The College of Wooster enrolls a diverse student body (19% domestic students of color and 10% international students); applicants should demonstrate their ability to work with diverse student populations.

Responsibilities: Duties will include teaching an introductory Biology course focused on ecology, evolution, and organismal biology; a sophomore-level course in biostatistics and experimental design; and an upper-level course in comparative animal physiology. The successful candidate will also direct undergraduate research in the College's required Independent Study Program.

Instructions: Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, statements of research and teaching philosophy, unofficial transcripts, and three letters of recommendation via Interfolio. Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Laura Sirot, Chair of the Animal Physiology Search Committee. Application materials should be received by January 20, 2017 for full consideration.

Apply athttps://apply.interfolio.com/39404
Compensation: negotiated
ContactN: Dr. Laura Sirot
ContactEbiology@wooster.edu
WebLinkhttps://apply.interfolio.com/39404
Reviews Start: 1/21/17
Apps Close: 1/20/17