POSTDOCTORAL POSITION IN EVO DEVO AND ECO DEVO OF HORNED BEETLES
(Moczek-Lab, Indiana University, Bloomington)
A full-time postdoctoral position is available in Armin Moczek’s lab, 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).
Specifically, this position will contribute to two lines of research in the group. First, it will focus on identifying the genes and pathways underlying the origin and diversification of horns in the extraordinarily diverse beetle genus Onthophagus. Here, 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), context-dependent expression of horns (sex- and nutrition-specificity), and how evolutionary changes in these mechanisms have mediated diversification within and among species. This effort has a strong comparative component, and will also utilize taxa outside Onthophagus (such as Tribolium, Oniticellus, and others to be developed).
Secondly, this position will also likely contribute to our efforts to investigate the role of developmental plasticity in facilitating, biasing, or hindering phenotypic evolution. Focusing on morphological and physiological phenotypes, this work will again combine genomic, transcriptomic, and candidate-pathway approaches to contrast ancestral and descendant patterns of gene expression and function in natural as well as mesocosm populations.
The successful candidate would have opportunities to develop additional independent lines of research in these and related areas.
We seek a collegial, self-motivated, independent, and intellectually curious individual with a recent PhD in Evolutionary Biology, Developmental Biology, or related fields. Applicants must have strong bench skills, and familiarity with techniques such as RNAinterference, 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. The position is presently available for 24 months. Salary will be commensurate with experience, and full benefits are included.
Indiana University has a large and interactive group at the interface of evolutionary and developmental biology and ecology. Bloomington is situated in scenic, hilly southern Indiana, near several parks and wilderness areas. The cultural environment provided by the University is exceptionally rich in art, music, and theater.
To apply, please submit a letter of application, a CV, a statement of research interests, and the contact information for three references to https://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/2277 (note that the ad associated with this link reflects a search from the previous year with slightly different wording – please ignore these differences and focus on the information presented here). Review of applications will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Preferred start date is May ’17 though some flexibility exists. Inquiries can be directed to Armin Moczek (armin chez indiana.edu). Additional information about research in the Moczek lab can be found at http://ecoevodevo.com/. Indiana University is an Equal Employment and Affirmative Action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status, or protected veteran status.