A full-time postdoctoral position is available in Armin Moczek's lab (https://ecoevodevo.com/), Department of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington.
Our lab conducts research in the evolutionary developmental (evo-devo) and ecological developmental (eco-devo) biology of insects. We focus on the genetic, developmental, and ecological mechanisms, and their interactions, that mediate the origins and diversification of novel complex traits (such as beetle horns, firefly lanterns, or treehopper helmets) and functions (such as nutrition-responsive development, sexual dimorphisms, or alternative reproductive tactics).
The position will focus on identifying the genes and pathways underlying the origin and diversification of horns and other complex traits in the extraordinarily diverse beetle genus Onthophagus. Specifically, the work will use genomic and candidate-gene approaches to identify and functionally characterize the developmental-genetic mechanisms that regulate horn morphology (size, shape, position, integration), context-dependent expression of horns (sex- and nutrition-specificity), and how evolutionary changes in these mechanisms have mediated diversification within and among species. This position is fully funded by a multi-year grant from the National Science Foundation.
The postdoctoral candidate would have opportunities to develop additional independent lines of research in these and related areas.
The position is initially available for 12 months, with possible extension for a second and third year funds permitting.
We seek a collegial, self-motivated, independent, and intellectually curious individual with a recent PhD in Evolutionary Biology, Developmental Biology, or related fields required by the time of appointment.
Applicants must have strong bench skills, and familiarity with techniques such as RNAinterference, CRISPR-Cas9, qPCR, cloning, immuno-histochemistry, and the bioinformatic analyses of next-gen sequencing data is strongly desirable (though training in these techniques will also be provided as necessary). In addition, candidates must have demonstrated excellent written and oral communication skills.
Experience working with insects is helpful but not required.
Department Contact for Questions:
Inquiries about the position can be directed to Dr. Armin Moczek (firstname.lastname@example.org).
All other inquiries can be directed to Jeremy Bennett (email@example.com).
OAA #: 22011-21
Appointment Status: Non-Tenure Track
Internal Number: 9755
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