Postdoctoral Research Associate Position in Honey Bee Phylogenetics

University of Florida

Postdoctoral Research Associate Position Available in Honey Bee Phylogenetics

We seek to appoint a highly motivated Postdoctoral Researcher to coordinate the HBREL’s research in the area of honey bee ecology and conservation. Additionally, the successful candidate will lead a research program tasked with the following objectives:

  1. Create and catalog a reference collection of Cape (Apis mellifera capensis), African (A.m. scutellata), and Asian (A. cerana) honey bees.
  2. Generate a molecular identification technique than can be used to identify the ancestry of unknown subspecies of honey bees rapidly, especially Cape and African honey bees, but also Asian honey bees.
  3. Assist in the development of a wing geometry-based identification system for various races and species of honey bees.
  4. Employ the latest molecular and morphometric phylogenetic techniques to address honey bee population dynamics, with a focus in South Africa and Florida.

The candidate must be able to integrate successfully into a laboratory employing students, technicians, and post docs with varied interests. Furthermore, the candidate must be able to work with bees (therefore, cannot be allergic to bee stings) and under inclement conditions (such as hot, humid, rainy, or cold weather). Thorough quarterly and yearly project reports must be generated by the successful applicant to fulfill the duties associated with grant and sponsored program requirements. The candidate is expected to participate in knowledge transfer (extension) to relevant clientele groups and to mentor graduate and undergraduate students assigned to the project. Domestic and international (specifically, Germany) travel is anticipated. The Postdoc will report directly to the project Principal Investigator, Dr. Jamie Ellis. The successful applicant must (1) be self-motivated, (2) be able to work independently, on their own initiative, and as part of a multi-disciplinary team, and (3) have a history of publishing refereed manuscripts.

Date Available: Immediately

Location: Honey Bee Research and Extension Laboratory (HBREL),Department of Entomology & Nematology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL, 32611-0629

Appointment: The position is full-time; two years funding already acquired.

Pay Rate: $40,000 USD starting salary with merit raises possible yearly

Qualifications: PhD in entomology, biology, or a related discipline. Preference will be given to applicants with prior experience with molecular phylogenetics, population genetics (including experience with microsatellites, SNPs, and/or RAD-tag sequencing, etc.), and insect taxonomy based on morphometric and molecular techniques. Applicant must have demonstrable experience in collecting and analyzing large data sets and with managing large projects, including personnel employed to assist with the project. Good writing skills and statistical knowledge (multi-variant analysis, bioinformatics, etc.) are essential. The incumbent should have good organizational skills and some history of cataloging and managing a large number of samples.

Application: Applicants must submit applications to Ms. Jeanette Klopchin. A review of applications will begin 10 November 2014 and will continue until a suitable candidate is found. To be considered for this position, one must submit (1) a letter of application (cover letter), (2) a statement about ones career goals, (3) curriculum vitae, (4) pdf copies of three refereed publications (if publications are available), and (5) university transcripts (undergraduate and graduate school transcripts). (6) Furthermore, it is the candidate’s responsibility to arrange to have three letters of recommendation sent to Ms. Klopchin from the individuals supplying the letters. Please submit completed applications to: Email submission of complete application is required. Incomplete applications will not be considered. Please email Dr. Ellis ( with any questions.

The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The selection process will be conducted in accord with the provisions of Florida's Government in the Sunshine' and Public Records Laws. Applications, resumes, and many other documents related to the search will be available for public inspection. Persons with disabilities have the right to request and receive reasonable accommodation.

Ms. Jeanette Klopchin
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