Research Opportunity in Behavioral
Description: If you seek training in the evolutionary study of behavior, in particular (1) in understanding mathematical evolutionary theories of social behavior; (2) in conducting field work testing these theories in social wasps; (3) in learning genetic (microsatellite) methods for assaying relatedness and paternity in social organisms; then you may wish to contact Prof. H. Kern Reeve at the following email address: email@example.com
Pay: Contact Prof. Reeve for information
Postdoctoral position in evolutionary genomics and speciation. P.I.: Dr. Kerry Shaw, Cornell University
A postdoctoral position is available to join an NSF-funded project in the laboratory of Kerry Shaw to study the evolution and genetics of traits involved in reproductive incompatibility and speciation in the Hawaiian cricket genus Laupala. Laupala species are recently diverged and ecologically and morphologically similar, but differ in traits involved in sexual isolation. Behavioral evolution involving these traits is thought to have played a large role in the rapid and extensive diversification of this genus. The genetic basis of acoustic variation will be studied using genomic approaches. A draft genome is available, and we seek to improve it as a means for identifying the genetic architecture of phenotypes involved in speciation.
The desired candidate will possess an interest in / experience with molecular tools, quantitative genetics, next gen sequencing, and associated statistical analyses. Bioinformatics skills (such as familiarity with Linux, use of sequencing pipelines) is desirable, and in interest in acquiring these skills is essential. An interest in the evolution of premating isolation is also beneficial, but no prior knowledge in this area is required.
Cornell University has many labs and research groups dedicated to the study of evolution, genomics and behavior and ecology of speciation as well as bioinformatics. As such, it provides a rich academic environment for those interested in evolutionary genomics and speciation.
To apply, email a statement of research interests, a curriculum vitae, and the email addresses of three references to Kerry Shaw (KLS4@cornell.edu). At least two years of funding are available.