Career Opportunities


Title: Education Director
Position Type: Post-Doctoral  Position
Institution: Michigan State University
Department: BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action
East Lansing, MI USA

General Information: The BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action (BEACON) at Michigan State University (MSU) invites applications for a postdoctoral fellow in Evolution Outreach and Education.

This is a full-time, benefits-eligible, two-year appointment. Renewal for a third year is possible, contingent on satisfactory performance, availability of resources, and the needs of the program.

This post-doctoral fellowship is ideal for early career scientist-teachers who are interested in an academic pathway involving science outreach and education serving the K-12 and undergraduate communities and the general public, with a particular emphasis on communities under-represented in STEM.

Qualifications: The successful candidate will have either: Ph.D. in evolutionary biology, with K-12 teaching/outreach experience, OR Ph.D./Ed.D. in science education with extensive training in evolutionary biology

Candidates with experience in the following are preferred: developing, implementing and assessing science outreach activities and education resources; working with programs intended to increase diversity in STEM disciplines; and conducting educational research.

Responsibilities: Up to 25% of the postdoc's time can be dedicated to pursuing independent research in evolutionary science and/or evolution education/outreach.

The successful candidate will have a commitment to science education and diversifying STEM disciplines, outstanding writing and organizational skills, demonstrated capacity for independence and innovation, and the ability to work as part of a team.

The BEACON Center for the Study of Evolution in Action approaches evolution in an innovative way, bringing together biologists, computer scientists, and engineers to study evolution as it happens and apply this knowledge to solve real-world problems. BEACON is an NSF Science and Technology Center, headquartered at Michigan State University with partners at North Carolina A&T State University, University of Idaho, University of Texas at Austin, and University of Washington.

Instructions: To apply, please email a single pdf document containing a letter of application that states your interest in and qualifications for the position, a curriculum vitae, names of three references, and an item of choice that represents your approach to teaching in an undergraduate science classroom to Dr. Louise Mead, BEACON Education Director, at

Compensation: $40,000-42,000
ContactN: Louise Mead
Reviews Start: 08/15/15
Apps Close:  09/01/15


Position Type: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Institution: University of Oklahoma
Department: Dept. of Biology/Sam Noble Museum
Norman, OK USA

General Information: GENERAL INFORMATION: The Sam Noble Museum is an organized research unit of the University of Oklahoma and is one of the finest university museums in the world. The museum has an outstanding curatorial, collections, education, exhibits, and support staff that serves the museum's mission from research to preservation to education at all levels. The Department of Biology is a leading academic department with a tradition of excellence in organismal biology. It is home to 20 of the 44 faculty in the University's graduate program in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, and it is currently in the process of hiring several new faculty in the next two to three years to expand on its strengths in geographical ecology and the biology of behavior.

Qualifications: DESCRIPTION OF POSITION: We seek a creative, collaborative thinker with a collection-based research program involving molecular approaches to studying avian systems. We are especially interested in candidates who use genomic tools and datasets in combination with innovative computational, ecological, behavioral and/or comparative approaches to address important biological questions ranging from the origin and maintenance of organismal diversity, adaptation to changing environments, and human health and disease. Areas of research interests include, but are not limited to: comparative genomics, landscape/population genetics, geographical ecology, global change biology, evolutionary genetics, and mechanisms of evolution. Preference will be given to biologists with a documented record of collections-based research in natural history who also clearly demonstrate cross-disciplinary research programs. A Ph.D., teaching experience, and field and museum research experience in ornithology are required.

Responsibilities: The successful candidate will be expected to: (1) develop and maintain an innovative, extramurally-funded research program in avian systems; (2) oversee care and obtain support for a collection of more than 26,000 specimens by maintaining records, identifying and cataloging specimens, supervising preparators and assistants, expanding and preserving the collections, and developing long-range plans for collection maintenance and development; (3) contribute to museum public exhibit development and support; (4) develop and contribute to museum-related outreach activities; and (5) contribute to undergraduate and graduate teaching, including instruction of one course per year (one-half the regular department teaching load) in ornithology, animal behavior, biogeography, genetics, evolution, ecological modeling, or bioinformatics. A full-time collection manager is funded in this collection (50% collection, 50% Genetic Resources Core Facility), and a rotating graduate assistant appointment is assigned to the collection.

Instructions: APPLICATIONS:  Send cover letter, curriculum vitae, summary of experience and goals (including teaching, research, and curation), and representative pdf reprint examples to Dr. Michael A. Mares, Director, Applicants should also arrange to have three signed letters of reference sent to or to Genetic Ornithologist Search Committee, Sam Noble Museum, 2401 Chautauqua Ave., Norman, Oklahoma, 73072-7029. Visit us at and CLOSING DATE:  Screening of candidates will begin 1 October 2015 and continue until the position is filled.


Compensation: Negotiable
ContactN: Michael Mares
Reviews Start: 10/01/15
Apps Close: until filled


Title: Assistant Professor in Integrative Genomics
Position Type: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Institution: University of Louisiana at Lafayette
Department: Department of Biology
Field: genomics or molecular biology
Lafayette, Louisiana USA

General Information: The Department of Biology ( at the University of Louisiana, Lafayette seeks to fill a tenure-track position at the Assistant Professor level. We are searching for an outstanding scientist who utilizes genomics, bioinformatics, or molecular biology to address important questions in evolution, behavior, physiology, or environmental biology.

Qualifications: Minimum qualifications are a Ph.D. in a relevant field, a significant publication record, and postdoctoral experience.

Responsibilities: . Successful applicants will be expected to establish a vigorous, externally-funded research program, provide instruction to undergraduates and graduate students and participate in our Ph.D. program in Environmental and Evolutionary Biology.

Instructions: Cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, statement of teaching interests, and a list of three references (including postal and email addresses) should be emailed as a single pdf attachment to: Please refer to Integrative Genomics search in the subject line. To ensure full consideration, applications should be received by October 9, 2015.

ContactN: Yi-Hong Wang
Reviews Start: 8/12/15
Apps Close:10/9/15


Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate
Position Type: Post-Doctoral Research Associate
Institution: Stowers Institute for Medical Research
Department: Rohner Lab
Field: genomics
Kansas City, Missouri USA

General Information: The Stowers Institute for Medical Research has two openings for postdoctoral researchers to work on projects using the cave fish system (Astyanax mexicanus) to address questions about the genetic basis of adaptation to new and extreme environments, with a particular focus on metabolic evolution.

Candidates will use RNA-sequencing, whole genome sequencing, transgenics, and metabolomics to uncover the genetic basis and underlying mechanism of the impressive metabolic adaptations cavefish have acquired to survive in nutrient poor environments.

Qualified candidates should have a background in evolutionary genetics and bioinformatics or a background in ecological genetics.  Research may be field-based, lab-based, or both.  Researchers who integrate genome level data with studies of ecology and evolution are encouraged to apply One of the positions will involve substantial field work (in the caves in Mexico) to link the ecological settings in the caves with the observed and studied phenotypes.

Another position will direct the bioinformatics of the genomics of non-model organisms, and will analyze and interpret data accordingly. Experience in handling large-scale sequence data is essential.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate has a doctorate degree in bioinformatics, genomics, or a related field; strong command of UNIX and other programming languages; hands-on experience with genomic data; and an interest in pursuing research on emerging model organisms.

Responsibilities:   In addition, the successful candidate will have a strong background in analysis of genetic and genomic data (e.g., whole-genome resequencing, RAD genotyping, QTL mapping) and/or experimental developmental biology (e.g., manipulation of gene expression, transgenesis, genome editing), and an ability and willingness to work both independently and collaboratively in a team-oriented environment. No previous experience working with fish is required.

Instructions: To apply, please submit a cover letter that includes a short summary of interests, a CV, and the contact information of 2-3 professional references to Deadline for applications is September 15, 2015. The positions are available October 1, 2015 (start date is flexible).

ContactN: Nicolas Rohner
Reviews Start: 08/20/15
Apps Close: 09/15/15


Title: Research Chair
Position Type: Permanent Position
Institution: The Holden Arboretum
Department: Research
Field: Plant biologist
Kirtland, OH USA

General Information: The Holden Arboretum and Cleveland Botanical Garden invites applications for a full time Scientist to conduct basic and applied research in plant biology. We are targeting two particular areas of specialization: plant community/restoration ecology and ecological genetics; we will select the best candidate in either area.

The Holden Arboretum ( is an AAM accredited museum that promotes the beauty and importance of trees and plants and is one of the largest arboreta in the country with over 3600 acres of gardens, documented plant collections, and natural areas. Holden and the Cleveland Botanical Garden recently combined to create the 13th largest public garden in the US. The research program is housed in a modern science center that contains 15,000 square feet of greenhouse and research facilities. This position will be based at the science center in Kirtland, Ohio.

Scientists have the opportunity for academic appointments and interdisciplinary interactions with students and faculty from neighboring universities including Case Western Reserve University (, Kent State University (, and The Ohio State University (

Qualifications: Interested applicants should have a Ph.D. in biology, ecology, horticulture or related discipline; postdoctoral experience is preferred. However, candidates at any level of experience will be considered. We will begin reviewing applications on August 31, 2015.  The successful candidate may begin as early as April of 2016, but the start date is flexible.

Responsibilities: The scientist will establish an internationally recognized research program in plant biology and must demonstrate the ability to lead a strong, independent, extramurally funded research program, and to be a spokesperson to diverse public and professional audiences regarding research activities. Staff Scientists currently conduct research in four broad areas: forest and soil ecology, plant physiology, plant breeding, and applied urban ecology. We are especially interested in individuals who may be able to incorporate our extensive natural areas and collection of woody plant species in their research program. The ability to work in both natural and manmade environments, potentially ranging from urban to forested ecosystems, is desired.

Instructions: Interested applicants should send a cover letter, a statement of research interests, curriculum vitae, and names and addresses of three referees combined in a single document to our online application site at Questions concerning the position should be forwarded to Dr. David Burke, Scientist and Research Chair ( The Holden Arboretum is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

ContactN: David Burke
Reviews Start: 08/31/15
Apps Close: 9/15/15


Title: Executive Director, Natural History Museum of Utah
Position Type: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Institution: University of Utah
Department: Natural History Museum of Utah/College of Social and Behavioral Science
Field: Biodiversity
Salt Lake City, UT USA

General Information: University of Utah Multiple Tenure-Track or Tenured Faculty Positions

in Sustaining Biodiversity Biodiversity, the richness of life on Earth, past and present, is declining at unprecedented rates, accelerated by human activity. The need for outstanding research and broad-reaching public education related to biodiversity and its preservation is urgent.

The University of Utah is establishing a faculty cluster where biodiversity research is combined with learning research for a novel interdisciplinary emphasis that strongly supports the University's commitment to sustainability. Each faculty position will be jointly hired between the Natural History Museum of Utah and any of the following departments/institutes participating in the cluster: Anthropology, Biology, Computer Science, Educational Psychology, Geography, Geology & Geophysics, and the Scientific Computing & Imaging Institute. Research is expected to be based, in part, on the Museum's unique resources of scientific collections (plants, vertebrates, entomology, paleontology, and archaeology) and access to the public. Although research experience in the Western US is not required, it is expected that successful candidates will conduct some portion of their research in the Intermountain West.

Qualifications: We are seeking applicants for one or two tenure-track or tenured faculty positions at the Assistant or Associate rank to begin in July 2016.  An additional two or three hires are planned for 2017 to complete a total of four faculty in the cluster. Candidates should have an excellent and sustained record of research (both field and laboratory), a demonstrated ability to generate extramural funding, demonstrated understanding of working in a Museum environment, and experience in working with diverse researchers from across the disciplinary spectrum.  We will hire one faculty member in learning sciences, and three in some combination of the other fields described below:

Informal Learning Science
Research emphasis on STEM learning in informal contexts (particularly regarding museum collections, environments, and research foci), potentially including learning at every life stage, bridging formal and informal learning environments, citizen science, leveraging digital technologies to enhance learning opportunities in multiple contexts, and/or analyzing/assessing cognitive learning processes as well as outcomes.

Conservation Biology
Areas of research emphasis could include ecological and evolutionary responses to habitat loss and climate change, ecological and evolutionary responses to invasive species, identifying and ameliorating threats to endangered species, strategies and methods of restoring habitat and ecosystem functionality, and/or citizen science.

Research emphasis on fundamental questions of process and response in ecosystems to past and present global change, and/or applying quantitative tools to understand geospheric and biospheric interactions over ecological and geological timescales.

Biodiversity Genomics
Areas of research emphasis could include documenting changes in the genetic make-up of species over time (including the use of ancient DNA), phylogenetic systematics, biogeography, coevolution, species domestication, evolutionary responses to changing environments, population genetics, symbiosis, conservation genetics, and/or community phylogenetics.  Applicants should have experience in current genomic techniques and analysis.

Research emphasis on information visualization, scientific visualization, visual analytics, human-computer interaction, or image cognition for knowledge discovery and interpretation.

Competitive applicants will have a research focus relevant to biodiversity, conservation, and/or the fields of Geography and Geovisualization, as well as interest in use of visualization for public engagement.

Responsibilities: Responsibilities include:
(1) meaningful collaboration with faculty in the Sustaining Biodiversity cluster as well as faculty at NHMU and in the relevant academic department;
(2) development and maintenance of an ongoing program of scholarly research;
(3) design, teaching, and coordination of core courses in the relevant academic department;
(4) teaching of graduate level courses in area of specialization;
(5) advisement and supervision of graduate students;
(6) development of research funding proposals to appropriate national agencies and foundations;
(7) participation in Museum public programming;
(8) engagement with the public and with Museum collections, and
(9) participation in faculty governance at the department, college, and university levels.

Appointments will be split equally between the

Museum and one pertinent academic department, with the exception of the visualization position, which will be appointed in combination with the Museum, SCI Institute, Geography, and/or other academic department.  Retention, promotion and tenure decisions will be made according to the academic department's criteria with input from the Museum. Candidates must have a completed Ph.D. by time of appointment.

Instructions: Review of applications will begin October 1, 2015, and continue until the positions are filled. Applicants should submit an application on-line at including a statement of research, teaching, and programmatic interests, as well as a curriculum vitae, and the names and email addresses of three references. Further information may be found at, and questions may be directed to the Museum's Executive Director, Sarah George (

The University of Utah is an Equal

Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer and educator. Minorities, women, veterans, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans' preference is extended to qualified veterans. Reasonable disability accommodations will be provided with reasonable notice. For additional information about the University's commitment to equal opportunity and access see:

ContactN: Sarah George
Reviews Start: 10/01/15
Apps Close: 10/01/15


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