Career Opportunities

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar in Genomics/Transcriptomics
Position Type: Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Institution: University of Nevada Reno
Department: Department of Natural Resources and Environmental Science
Field: Genomics and transcriptomics
City: Reno, NV, USA

General Information: The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) seeks to hire a Postdoctoral Scholar with expertise in genome assembly and annotation, and gene expression (RNAseq) analyses. The Postdoctoral Scholar will join a team of collaborators investigating how wild vertebrate herbivores and their gut microbiomes digest and detoxify native plant diets. The Postdoctoral Scholar will lead all aspects of genome assembly and annotation for a non-model vertebrate, the pygmy rabbit.  They will also lead in the bioinformatics analyses of vertebrate gene expression (RNAseq) associated with the digestion and detoxification of herbivore diets. The Postdoctoral Scholar should have excellent bioinformatics skills related to large genomic datasets. Ideally, they would also have bench skills associated with RNA extraction and library preparation, but this is not required. Familiarity with population genomics and phylogenomics analyses would also be useful, but not required. This individual should have excellent verbal and written communication skills, and be able to work with a collaborative team that spans ecologists, chemists, molecular biologists, and bioinformaticians. The Postdoctoral Scholar’s research in genomics, transcriptomics and bioinformatics will be supported by a group of UNR collaborators and mentors including Drs. M. Matocq, T. Parchman, B. Ferguson, D. Alvarez-Ponce, T. Zhou, and J. Allen. The position has the potential to be renewed annually, based on performance for up to three years.  Start date is negotiable, but the position is available immediately.

Qualifications: Required Qualifications
Ph.D. in Biology, Bioinformatics, Genomics, Population Genetics, Evolutionary Biology, Molecular Biology or closely related field by the time of appointment.

Preferred Qualifications
A strong publication record
Experience in genome assembly and annotation
Experience working on computer clusters and handling large datasets
Laboratory skills including RNA extraction and library preparation
Demonstrated advanced bioinformatics skills, including programming skills in R, Perl, and/or Python, and proficiency in working with the linux/unix command line environment
Excellent written and oral communication skills
Ability to work independently and in a group

Responsibilities: The Postdoctoral Scholar will lead all aspects of genome assembly and annotation for a non-model vertebrate, the pygmy rabbit.  They will also lead in the bioinformatics analyses of vertebrate gene expression (RNAseq) associated with the digestion and detoxification of herbivore diets.

Instructions: Send the following in a single PDF to Dr. Marjorie Matocq at mmatocq@cabnr.unr.edu

Curriculum Vitae
Cover letter addressing applicant's motivation for the position and how their experience and skills fulfill the position requirements
Contact information for three professional references

Compensation: The University of Nevada, Reno offers a competitive postdoctoral salary ($48,000) and an excellent comprehensive benefits package that includes: a state health care plan (PEBP), a retirement plan with matching contributions from the university, generous annual and sick leave, opportunity for pre-tax savings accounts and term life insurance policy. For more information about postdoctoral employee benefits please visit: https://www.unr.edu/Documents/administration-finance/hr/hr-benefits/2017-2018_Postdoctoral_Benefits_Summary.pdf. Additionally, the fellow may apply for university, college, and departmental travel funds for conference presentations.
Contact: Marjorie Matocq, mmatocq@cabnr.unr.edu
Web Link: mmatocq@cabnr.unr.edu
Review Starts: 8/16/2019
Application Closes: 8/16/2019

 

 

Title: Associate Director for Science
Position Type: Executive Leadership Role
Institution: Smithsonian Institution
Department: National Museum of Natural History
Field: Natural and cultural diversity
City: Washington DC, USA

General Information: The Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History (NMNH or Museum) invites applications and nominations for Associate Director for Science (ADS). The NMNH is a science-based museum within the Smithsonian Institution. With over 146 million specimens and objects, the Museum’s National Collection is the largest natural history collection in the world and represents over 90 percent of the holdings of the Smithsonian. NMNH sees between five and six million visitors a year, making it one of the world’s most visited, and esteemed, natural history museums. On any given day, a scientific community of more than 500 works in the NMNH’s facilities, publishing over 1000 scientific papers and securing more than $8 million in external grant funding per year.
The ADS has the opportunity to set the vision for NMNH Science that builds upon a grand legacy of exploration, discovery, premier collections-based research, and public outreach. Reporting to the new Deputy Director, Dr. Ian Owens, the ADS will lead and develop an overall scientific staff that includes 68 curators and comprises one of the largest collection-based research teams in the world. The ADS will propel NMNH’s investments in world-class talent, development of big, ambitious projects, and use of new technologies to mobilize its collection to ensure the continuation of NMNH’s outstanding scientific legacy and future impact.
The Museum seeks an accomplished researcher with significant experience in leadership and administration in a research-intensive environment. The ADS will be a strategic-thinker with excellent communication skills and the ability to attract a diverse array of talented researchers to join NMNH, while retaining and developing its current staff. The ADS will be a standout mentor who views their success as inextricably tied to the success of the Museum’s scientific community.

Qualifications: PhD

Responsibilities: Scientific leadership and management

Instructions: NMNH has retained Isaacson, Miller, a national executive search firm, to assist in this recruitment. Review of nominations and applications will begin immediately, and will continue until the position is filled. All inquiries, nominations/referrals, and applications (including a current CV and a cover letter that articulates one’s relevant research background, experience in academic leadership, and commitment to diversity, equity, and inclusion, as well as a vision for the future of museum based science) should be sent electronically and in confidence to:
Andrew Lee Amy Segal, Managing Associate Isaacson, Miller
1300 19th Street NW Washington, DC 20036 

Compensation: Competitive Executive-level salary and benefits package
Contact: Ian Owens, owensi@si.edu
Web Link: www.imsearch.com/7082
Review Starts: 8/13/2019
Application Closes: 8/13/2019

 

 

Title: Postdoc: Immune System Evolution
Position Type: Post-doctoral Research Fellow
Institution: Vanderbilt University
Department: Biological Sciences
Field: Evolutionary Immunology
City: Nashville, TN, USA

General Information: The Tate lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Vanderbilt University is recruiting a motivated and creative Postdoctoral Scholar broadly interested in evolutionary immunology and host-microbe coevolution. The Postdoctoral Scholar will take an interdisciplinary approach to study the constraints and trade-offs that shape the evolution of immune signaling networks using a combination of transcriptomic analyses, evolutionary genomics, and/or computational modeling. Full ad here: https://cdn.vanderbilt.edu/vu-my/wp-content/uploads/sites/2349/2019/07/02150907/Postdoc_Ad_7_1_19.pdf 

Qualifications: Ph.D. required. Working knowledge of evolutionary genetics and evolutionary theory is strongly preferred. Previous experience with the analysis of large transcriptomic or genomic datasets is preferred, as is previous experience in mathematical and/or agent-based modeling. The candidate should be hard-working, have strong oral and written communication skills, and be collegial and collaborative. The candidate should have a track record of scientific publications and conference presentations commensurate with career stage.

Responsibilities: The postdoc will work directly with the PI to build models, design analytical pipelines, and analyze the results. The postdoc should be comfortable with conducting research with a high degree of independence, learning new methods, writing manuscripts, and presenting their work at conferences. The postdoc should also be willing to co-mentor undergraduate and graduate students. The postdoc will have flexibility to develop independent lines of research during their appointment.

Instructions: Email a CV and cover letter (1-2 pages) to a.tate@vanderbilt.edu. Review of applications will begin July 19th and continue until the position is filled. More instructions can be found here: https://cdn.vanderbilt.edu/vu-my/wp-content/uploads/sites/2349/2019/07/02150907/Postdoc_Ad_7_1_19.pdf 

Compensation: Full salary and benefits commensurate with experience.
Contact: Ann Tate, a.tate@vanderbilt.edu
Web Link: https://cdn.vanderbilt.edu/vu-my/wp-content/uploads/sites/2349/2019/07/02150907/Postdoc_Ad_7_1_19.pdf
Review Starts: 7/19/2019
Application Closes: 8/30/2019

 

 

Title: Assistant Professor of Genomics
Position Type: Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Institution: Clark University
Department: Biology
Field: Genomics
City: Worcester, MA, USA

General Information: Biology Department:
Assistant Professor of Genomics
Code: tenure track
Genomics Faculty Position.  The Department of Biology at Clark University, Worcester MA (www.clarku.edu/departments/biology/) invites applications for a tenure-track appointment at the rank of Assistant Professor to begin Fall 2020. The successful candidate is expected to develop an externally-funded research program in any field of genomics, involving PhD, MS, and undergraduate students, and will teach Bioinformatics, a new course in Computational Methods in Biology and other courses in their area of expertise.  Clark University is especially interested in candidates who can contribute, through their research, teaching, and/or service, to the diversity and excellence of the academic community. We are an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity university and we strongly encourage women and members of minority groups to apply.

For full consideration, applicants should submit a CV, research and teaching statements, a statement of how the applicant addresses issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and three key publications to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/13952 prior to August 16, 2019. Three letters of reference should also be submitted. See https://www2.clarku.edu/offices/hr/jobopportunities/jobsdb.cfm?id=1689&viewjob=1&grouping=F for full position description. Inquiries can be directed to David Hibbett (dhibbett@clarku.edu).

Qualifications: Please see https://www2.clarku.edu/offices/hr/jobopportunities/jobsdb.cfm?id=1689&viewjob=1&grouping=F for further details.

Responsibilities: Please see https://www2.clarku.edu/offices/hr/jobopportunities/jobsdb.cfm?id=1689&viewjob=1&grouping=F for further details.

Instructions: For full consideration, applicants should submit a CV, research and teaching statements, a statement of how the applicant addresses issues of diversity, equity, and inclusion, and three key publications to https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/13952 prior to August 16, 2019. Three letters of reference should also be submitted. See https://www2.clarku.edu/offices/hr/jobopportunities/jobsdb.cfm?id=1689&viewjob=1&grouping=F for full position description. Inquiries can be directed to David Hibbett (dhibbett@clarku.edu).

Contact: David Hibbett, dhibbett@clarku.edu
Web Link: https://www2.clarku.edu/offices/hr/jobopportunities/jobsdb.cfm?id=1689&viewjob=1&grouping=F
Review Starts: 8/16/2019
Application Closes: 8/16/2019

 

 

Title: Visiting Assistant Professor of Biology
Position Type: Non-Tenure-Track Assistant Professor
Institution: University of North Carolina Greensboro
Department: Biology
Field: Genetics/Conservation Biology
City: Greensboro, NC, USA

General Information: Position Summary
The Biology Department seeks an individual with expertise in genetics and conservation biology to teach at the undergraduate level. The successful candidate will be expected to be an effective and dedicated teacher and will teach a 3:2 load per year with some service. The applicant is expected to maintain an active research program. Collaborative opportunities for research with our faculty are available. The teaching load will include laboratory sections, as appropriate. In one semester we anticipate this individual teaching Genetics, Conservation Biology, and a laboratory course in genetics or general biology. In the second semester the individual will teach Genetics and a seminar course that may include graduate students. Undergraduate student advising or similar service will also be expected. The Department of Biology is sincerely committed to excellence in undergraduate education and has a Masters and Ph.D. program. A Ph.D. in biology or a related field is required at the time the appointment begins for the Visiting Assistant Professor rank.  ABD candidates are encouraged to apply and will be considered at the rank of Lecturer with a 4:4 teaching load

Qualifications: University Information
UNC Greensboro, located in the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina, is a higher-research activity university as classified by the Carnegie Foundation. Founded in 1891 and one of the original three UNC system institutions, UNCG is one of the most diverse universities in the state with nearly 20,000 students and over 2,700 faculty and staff members representing more than 90 nationalities. With 17 Division I athletic teams, 85 undergraduate degrees in over 100 areas of study, as well as 74 master’s and 32 doctoral programs, UNCG is consistently recognized nationally among the top universities for academic excellence and value, with noted strengths in health and wellness, visual and performing arts, nursing, education, and more. For additional information, please visit uncg.edu and follow UNCG on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.

Primary Purpose of the Organizational Unit
The Department of Biology at UNCG is committed to providing excellent and comprehensive instruction at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. We offer a full range of courses to students pursuing a degree in Biology or Medical Technology, as well as to non-biology majors interested in the biological sciences. Biology majors have many options available to them, including the option to pursue degree concentrations in Biotechnology, Environmental Biology, or Human Biology. Biology students are encouraged to gain research experience through independent study with a faculty member, and to develop strong communication skills with writing- and speaking- intensive lecture and laboratory courses. Graduates of the Biology program at UNCG find employment in a wide range of fields and are well prepared for further study in graduate school or in health related professions such as medicine, dentistry, and veterinary medicine.

The Department’s excellence in education is complemented by highly active research programs in environmental and behavioral ecology, evolution, population biology, and cell and developmental biology. Biology faculty members publish regularly in leading scientific journals and have earned national and international prominence with their research activities. Moreover, faculty in the Department have been very successful in obtaining external funding to support their research and have been awarded research grants from various agencies including the EPA, NIH, NSF, and USDA

Responsibilities: Teaching 3:2 course load and research opportunities.  Minimum Qualifications
A Ph.D. in biology or a related field is required at the time the appointment begins. ABD candidates are encouraged to apply and will be considered at the rank of Lecturer with a 4:4 teaching load.

Instructions: Special Instructions to Applicants
Applicants must apply online at https://spartantalent.uncg.edu  and click on “Faculty” (position #1011). Please submit a curriculum vitae, a cover letter that includes a statement of teaching interests and philosophy, description of current research interests. You will be prompted to submit online the names and email addresses of three references who will be contacted by the system with instructions on how to submit a letter of reference. Inquiries should be made to Dr. Malcolm Schug, mdschug@uncg.edu.

Compensation:
Contact: Malcolm Schug, mdschug@uncg.edu
Web Link: https://spartantalent.uncg.edu/postings/14205
Review Starts: 6/12/2019
Application Closes: 8/1/2019

 

 

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, jalbert@louisiana.edu
Web Link: https://biology.louisiana.edu/research/James_Albert
Review Starts: 5/20/2019
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 biology.wcu.edu.

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 https://jobs.wcu.edu/postings/9537. 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 tmartin@wcu.edu.

Contact: Tom Martin, tmartin@wcu.edu
Web Link: https://jobs.wcu.edu/postings/9537
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 ctweedie@utep.edu.

Contact: Prof. Craig Tweedie, ctweedie@utep.edu
Web Link: www.utep.edu/employment
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

General Information: HUXLEY FELLOW IN ECOLOGY & EVOLUTIONARY BIOLOGY http://biosciences.rice.edu/ http://rice.edu/
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 http://jobs.rice.edu/postings/14197. 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, Scott.P.Egan@rice.edu
Web Link: http://jobs.rice.edu/postings/14197
Review Starts: August 15, 2018
Application Closes: Open until filled

 

 


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