The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Princeton University invites applications for a postdoctoral research associate or more senior research position to work in the Stoddard Lab to investigate the evolution of avian eggshell structure. The position is part of a newly-funded collaborative grant that combines evolutionary and engineering approaches to investigate eggshell design across a broad range of avian species. The postdoctoral research associate will collect morphological, physiological, structural and optical data on eggs, assemble a data set of eggshell traits, and perform comparative analyses to investigate the evolution of eggshell design. The postdoctoral research associate will also use comparative genomics and bioinformatic approaches to explore the genetic basis of some eggshell traits. Finally, the postdoctoral research associate will work closely with other key members of the collaborative grant team, which includes mechanical engineers and materials scientists. Therefore, a strong interest in highly interdisciplinary work is essential, as is a strong quantitative background. The Stoddard Lab uses an interdisciplinary approach to study animal coloration and morphology, with a focus on birds and bird eggs. For recent examples of research conducted by the Stoddard Lab, visit www.marycstoddard.com.Required qualifications:*A PhD in biology or a related field*Expertise in phylogenetic comparative methods, statistics, programming and (highly preferred, see below) experience with one or more of the following: avian eggs, physiology/structural biology/mechanics/microscopy, comparative genomics*Excellent written and oral communication skills, shown by a strong publication record and presentations at conferences*Excellent organizational, project management, data analysis and data management skills*A strong interest in conducting interdisciplinary work as part of a collaborative team that includes mechanical engineers and materials scientists*A strong quantitative background *A strong interest in mentoring undergraduate and graduate students and broadening participation in STEMStrongly recommended qualifications:*Previous research on the evolution, structure and/or physiology of bird eggs *Experience with physiology, biomechanics, materials science, morphology, structural and optical characterization (photography, spectrophotometry), and/or microscopy (scanning electron microscopy, micro-CT)*Experience with comparative genomics approachesThe appointment is initially for one year, with the possibility of renewal based on satisfactory performance and funding. Salary is competitive and commensurate with experience, and benefits are included. This position is available as early as immediately and will be open until filled. This position is subject to the University's background-check policy. Applicants must apply online at https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/19201 and include a curriculum vitae, a one-page statement of research experience and interests, and a cover letter that includes names and contact information of three references. Princeton University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.
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