Postdoctoral Opportunity

The Hines Lab at The Pennsylvania State University (Biology Department, University Park, PA, USA; hineslab.org) is hiring a Postdoctoral Scholar to perform research on an NSF-funded project examining the genetic basis of mimetic color diversity in bumble bees. The postdoc will lead a project examining how transcriptomes shift with the repeated acquisition of mimetic color variants spanning a clade of North American bumble bees. The exceptional diversity and convergence in this system provides an opportunity to examine the different genetic routes to an adaptive phenotype and to connect micro- to macroevolutionary processes through examining patterns of inheritance of adaptive alleles across lineages. The project involves field collection of bumble bee queens in the American West, rearing of bumble bee colonies, developmental staging and dissections, transcriptome sequencing, and comparative analysis of transcriptome variation across several bumble bee morphs and species. Applicants must have a Ph.D. in a biology-related field, have a strong record of research involving both molecular and bioinformatic techniques, and an interest in evolutionary genetics/evo-devo. Experience in working with insects is desired, but not necessary.  

This experience provides numerous opportunities for training as PSU has a strong focus on Bioinformatics and Genomics, houses several project-relevant facilities in the PSU Huck Institute of Life Sciences (e.g., microscopy, genomics, proteomics, bioinformatics), is home to the Center of Pollinator Research and the Insect Biodiversity Center, and offers numerous cross-departmental seminars and programs. The postdoc will also engage the labs of Jeff Lozier (U. Alabama) and Jonathan Koch (USDA ARS, Utah) in this research.

The Pennsylvania State University requires all applicants to register and complete the application form at the Penn State employment website (https://hr.psu.edu/careers; REQ_0000021143). A complete application will include a cover letter detailing relevant experience and research interests, a current CV, and contact information for three professional references. As per Penn State policy, this is a limited-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire with excellent possibility of re-funding with intention of 3 years of funding. Anticipated start date is between January 2022 (preferably) and Summer 2022. Review of applications will begin November 1 and continue until the position is filled. Interested applicants are encouraged to contact Heather Hines (hmh19@psu.edu) for more information.

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