The Fowler-Finn Lab (bio.slu.edu/fowlerfinn
) is seeking applicants for a
postdoctoral scholar to lead a dynamic research team in an
NSF-recommended 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 ([email protected]
) with the email subject
â »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. For
best consideration, please apply by March 31, 2017.
Kasey Fowler-Finn, Ph.D.
Department of Biology
Saint Louis University