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Postdoctoral Research Associate – Genetic change and genetic accommodation allow singing insects to adapt to temperature change

The Fowler-Finn Lab at Saint Louis University is seeking applicants for a postdoctoral scholar to lead a dynamic research team in an NSF-funded project investigating thermal effects on reproductive performance and sexual communication in natural populations of treehoppers (Hemiptera: Membracidae). This project implements a function-valued approach to characterize plasticity in thermally-sensitive reproductive traits, and classic quantitative genetics to measure genetic variation across a latitudinal gradient. There is also an outreach component to the project that capitalizes on the ability of the bizarre and beautiful vibrational songs of treehoppers to capture the imagination of the public. There will be opportunities for the postdoc to develop related projects, and the postdoctoral scholar is encouraged to interact and collaborate with other members of the Evolution, Ecology, and Behavior community in the Saint Louis area.

The successful candidate will have (i) a Ph.D. in Evolutionary Biology (or related field), (ii) demonstrated expertise in behavioral experimentation, (iii) excellent organizational skills, strong work ethic, and desire to collaborate with and lead a team, (iv) a strong record of written and oral communication in English, and (v) commitment to supporting diversity and outreach education in STEM. Additional valuable skills and experience include: familiarity with classic quantitative genetics, statistical analysis of complex phenotypic data, strong interest in mentorship of students, and a general attitude of having fun while working hard in the lab! The initial appointment will be made for one year, with an additional 1-2 years contingent on satisfactory progress. Start date: spring 2017 or until filled. To apply, please email the following materials to (Kasey Fowler-Finn) with the email subject “Postdoc_Treehoppers”: (1) cover letter with research experience, training and qualifications for the position as described in this advertisement, (2) up-to-date CV, and (3) names of three mentors/colleagues from whom you can request letters of support. Applications accepted until the position is filled, but for best consideration, apply by February April 2, 2017.

Saint Louis University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer (AA/EOE), and encourages nominations of and applications from women and minorities.


Biology undergraduates: enthusiastic, motivated, and hard-working undergraduates interested in a variety of research topics should email Dr. Fowler-Finn with a bit about why you would like to join the group and what types of projects you find most interesting - browse through the research page first!


Engineering undergraduates: students excited by a variety of application-based projects (writing code for acoustic playback programs in R or Matlab; creating air flow-through cages for animals; constructing and optimizing vibrational playback equipment; designing arenas that optimize high speed video recording from multiple angles) should email Dr. Fowler-Finn about their background, why they want to contribute to a Biology lab, and some of the projects of interest - browse through the research page first!


For graduate students: students interested in Master's and Doctoral degrees should email Kasey with general interests, background, and why they are interested in the lab.


For postdoctoral positions: email Kasey with your research interests and to discuss potential funding sources.

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