Position Summary: The three-year NSF-funded (DEB-1655076) Postdoctoral
Fellow will investigate community structure and diversity patterns, as well
as potential drivers of community assembly and species endemism, in ants in
Madagascar. The postdoc will assemble a phylogenomic dataset of
ultraconserved elements (UCEs) for 1300 species of Malagasy ants and combine
this data with over 100,000 curated specimen records with climatic niche
data to model species distributions for all Malagasy ants. The postdoc will
lead analyses to characterize the phylogenetic patterns of ant community
structure and diversity in Madagascar based on these phylogenomic and
community datasets. This a collaborative project between Brian Fisher,
California Academy of Sciences, and Bonnie Blaimer at North Carolina State
University in Raleigh, NC [previously Smithsonian]. This study bridges
genomic techniques with ant biogeography and ecology across multiple scales,
from local communities to the whole Malagasy region.

There are numerous opportunities to interact with other faculty and postdocs
in the departments of both institutions. The project will also include trips
to Madagascar where training for students will occur. The postdoc is
expected to publish in leading international journals and to present his/her
results at international and national conferences.

Essential Duties and Responsibilities: The postdoc will be involved in all
aspects of this NSF-funded project, including genomics laboratory work and
analyses at NC State with Bonnie Blaimer, and teaching in Madagascar. The
postdoc is required to maintain up-to-date records of all experiments and
data collected. Critical thinking and independence are a necessity as is
lead participation in data analyses. Manuscript writing and publication are
expected and required. The postdoc will interact with graduate and
undergraduate students and other personnel in the Fisher lab and in the
Blaimer lab. Two months of travel including a trip to Madagascar each year.

Education and/or Experience: Qualified applicants must have successfully
obtained their PhD degree in molecular systematics, evolutionary biology,
ecology or related fields. The position requires excellent verbal and
written communication skills (English) and a strong background and
publication record. Experience with unix/command line and the R environment
is required. Proficiency in programming (perl or python) and niche modeling
is preferred, but a willingness to learn is acceptable. A background in ants
is desirable, but not necessary.

Knowledge, Skills and Abilities: Perl or Python – Proficiency in programming
(perl or python) and niche modeling is preferred, but willingness to learn
is acceptable. R – the R environment is required for modeling and analyzing
species distributions, diversity, and ant community structure. Unix –
Experience with unix/command line.

Application Instructions: Please apply online:
http://calacademy.snaphire.com/jobdetails?ajid=ybQU8 and include the
following attachments: cover letter highlighting candidate’s motivation to
apply; skills and science research background and expertise which support
the application; detailed CV including a list of publications and other
achievements; and names and contact details of three referees.

Duration of Position: The successful candidate will be offered a position
for 12 months initially, with the potential for renewal for up to 24 more
months, starting preferably before 1 January 2018.

Questions: Contact Brian L. Fisher (fisherlab.org)
or Bonnie Blaimer

Bonnie B Blaimer
Dept. of Entomology
National Museum of Natural History
Smithsonian Institution
Washington, DC 20560

Starting November 1:
Dept. of Entomology & Plant Pathology
North Carolina State University
Raleigh, NC 27695

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