The muscid fly *Philornis downsi* attacks nestling birds and has invaded the Galapagos Islands, where it is causing mortality of endemic birds including Darwin’s finches. We are conducting research on parasitoids of this fly from its native range, which includes mainland S. America. This research involves sampling, rearing and life-history studies and host-and habitat-specificity experiments. The studies will be conducted in Minnesota, USA, as well as the Galapagos Islands and mainland Ecuador. The successful applicant will work with a team of researchers focusing on conservation of Darwin’s finches through management of *P. downsi*.
Qualifications
for this position include: a PhD or M.S. in biology, entomology or a related field of study, the ability to speak Spanish and English, experience with insect behavior experiments and experience with
parasite/parasitoid life cycles. The position can be filled at the Post-doc or Ph.D. level and is available as early as March 15, 2016. It has a duration of 2 years. Applications will be reviewed beginning
immediately until a suitable candidate can be found. Please email C.V., statement of interests, and names and email addresses of 3 references to: George
E Heimpel, Dept. of Entomology, University of Minnesota, [email protected]
As an institution committed to demonstrating excellence through diversity, the College of Food, Agricultural and Natural Resource Sciences is committed to hiring a diverse faculty and staff, and actively encourages candidates from historically underrepresented groups to apply.

Thanks very much and let me know if you have any questions.

George Heimpel

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George Heimpel
Professor
Department of Entomology
University of Minnesota
1980 Folwell Ave.
St. Paul, MN 55108
Office: 508 Hodson Hall; Lab: 513 Hodson Hall

Tel. (612) 624-3480 (office)
(612) 625-7055 (lab)
Fax (612) 625-5299
Email: [email protected]
http://www.entomology.umn.edu/People/GradFaculty/Heimpel/index.htm

Resident Fellow: U of MN Institute on the Environment
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