Postdoctoral Associate- Department of Entomology

Postdoctoral Associate- Department of Entomology



Department of Entomology

College of Agriculture and Life Sciences

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

POSITION:  Postdoctoral Associate

STARTING DATE: Sept. 1, 2018  

LOCATION: Comstock Hall, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14850

SUMMARY: We seek a candidate with a strong background in systematics, evolution, and phylogenomics to conduct research on the phylogenetic relationships and patterns of diversification among the aculeate wasps and bees. We seek a candidate who can implement and develop laboratory protocols for the preparation of reduced representation, Illumina libraries for DNA sequencing as well as carry out standard molecular biology procedures such as DNA extraction and quantification, PCR amplification, gel electrophoresis, Sanger and Illumina sequencing, and sequence editing. The ideal candidate should have a strong background in phylogenetic analysis of large molecular data sets using model-based methods of phylogeny reconstruction and character analysis. The successful candidate should have excellent oral and written communication skills, should be capable of independently writing grant proposals, and should be comfortable communicating with collaborators at other institutions. The successful candidate will be expected to contribute to lab management by ordering supplies, maintaining equipment, and supervising graduate and undergraduate students in the lab, as needed.

Background and full details on the project can be found at:

BASIC FUNCTION AND RESPONSIBILITY: The Postdoctoral Associate will coordinate and carry out the proposed project under supervision of Bryan Danforth including all laboratory and field experiments, and analyze the data and prepare written summaries of the projects for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

This is a one-year term position, renewable depending on funding, available work, and performance.

Qualifications: A PhD in evolutionary biology, systematics, phylogenetics, entomology or related fields is essential. We seek a candidate with previous experience with molecular systematics, molecular evolution, model-based phylogenetics, and computational biology. Ability to utilize RaxML, IQ-TREE, MrBayes, R, Python, and other phylogenetic/phylogenomic data analysis programs. A strong commitment to expanding and fostering diversity is required. Excellent oral and written communication skills are essential. Ability to work in a group and supervise graduate and undergraduate assistants.

How to Apply: Applications from candidates should be sent by email to Professor Bryan Danforth at . Please include a CV, statement of research experiences and interests, and contact information for three or four referees. The cover letter should include an explanation of how your qualifications and experiences make you a good candidate for this position. Informal inquiries are welcome. Consideration of applications will begin immediately.


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