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Tuesday, October 30, 2007

Work With an Invert!

A few cool job opportunities have passed my way that I would like to share with my readers! Especially since I won't be in direct competition with any applicants...

PHD opportunity #1

Here's a great opening for a prospective PhD student who would like
to combine field work with lab molecular work to study a threatened
butterfly in the Canadian drylands:

A Ph.D. opportunity is available for research on the threatened
Mormon metalmark (Apodemia mormo) butterfly population in and around
Grasslands National Park, Saskatchewan, Canada. The successful
candidate would study at the University of Alberta, Edmonton,
Alberta. Fieldwork would take place in southern Saskatchewan and
possibly Alberta. The ideal candidate would have experience working
in an arid prairie or desert environment as well as a background in
conservation genetics and insect biodiversity/systematics. A
significant portion of this research is funded by Parks Canada and
teaching assistantships are available depending on the applicant’s
GPA. The successful candidate will start in either January or May
2008. The applicant must meet or exceed the entrance requirements for
The University of Alberta, Department of Biological Sciences, which
can be viewed at:

Interested individuals should send a CV and a copy of any
publications to:

Shelley Pruss, Ph.D., Species at Risk Recovery Specialist
Resource Conservation, Western and Northern Service Centre, Parks Canada Agency
13th Floor, 635 - 8th Ave., S.W., Calgary, Alberta, T2P 3M3
Ph: (403) 292-5451, Fax: (403) 292-4404, Email:


Dr. Felix Sperling, Professor, Department of Biological Sciences
CW405a Biological Sciences Centre, University of Alberta
Edmonton, Alberta, T6G 2E9, Canada
Ph: (780) 492-3991, Email:

PHD Opportunity #2
Genomic Enablement of Aquaculture, An Interdisciplinary PhD Program to Improve Aquaculture Through Genomic Sciences: Molecular Mechanisms of Immunity to Disease

The Department of Zoology at North Carolina State University announces the availability of a Fellowship beginning in 2008 for PhD studies of Genomic Sciences in Aquaculture. This fellowship will involve interdisciplinary study and result in a scientist who is broadly trained in applying genomic science to research and development of technologies for advancing aquaculture. It will provide a stipend of $24,000, tuition, health insurance and research support. The fellow will join two other fellows in this program who work in the laboratories of internationally recognized faculty members who have been pioneers in applying the methodologies of genomic sciences to the reproduction, growth and rearing of fish. Research for this particular fellowship will be focused on Molecular Mechanisms of Immunity to Fish Pathogens. For details about the research focus, see:
Review of applications for this fellowship will begin on 15 December 2007 and will remain open until a suitable candidate is identified. The chosen applicant will be expected to begin the fellowship no later than 15 May 2008. Applicants must be U.S. citizens. Applicants should submit a brief résumé, a statement of research interests and goals, copies of previous transcripts and GRE scores, and 3 letters of recommendation. Please send applications to the Department of Zoology graduate program ( Address all enquiries to Edward J. Noga, Professor of Aquatic Medicine, Department of Clinical Sciences, 4700 Hillsborough Street, Raleigh, NC 27606 ( North Carolina State University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, sex, or national origin.

Funded by the National Needs Fellowship Program of the US Department of Agriculture.

Postdoctoral Opportunity
Position Announcement

POSITION –Post Doctoral Molecular Phylogeneticist--Department of Entomology, University of Kentucky, Post-Doctorate Position

LOCATION –University of Kentucky, Lexington, Kentucky.

EFFECTIVE DATE – Screening of applicant’s materials is effective immediately (Oct, 16, 2007), and will continue until the position is filled.

SALARY –Commensurate with experience.

POST-DOCTORATE – MOLECULAR PHYLOGENETICIST. Dr. Michael J. Sharkey at the University of Kentucky is seeking a candidate to fill a 2-year position, with possibility of renewal. The position is funded in part by the Hymenoptera Assembling the Tree of Life project (National Science Foundation, EF-0337220).

The successful candidate will focus on the goals of the Tree of Life Project for the Hymenoptera, which aims to elucidate the phylogeny of this incredibility diverse order. Primary responsibilities include DNA extraction, PCR amplification, primer design, sequencing and sequence analysis in Hymenoptera, primarily of the family Braconidae. Other responsibilities include managing undergraduate employees in the molecular lab, collaborating with other members of the Hymenoptera Assembling the Tree of Life Project, interacting with graduate students, and general lab maintenance.
Our project goal is to construct a large-scale phylogenetic analysis of the Hymenoptera. Solving taxonomic problems within the Hymenoptera will aide researchers in many biological fields, because members of the Hymenoptera have a large impact on ecosystem function and our everyday lives. Further project information, list of collaborators and project proposal may be found at Interested candidates should send an email of interest along with a curriculum vita, and a list of three references containing telephone numbers, addresses, and e-mail to: Dr. Michael J. Sharkey, Department of Entomology, S-227 Ag. Sci. N., University of Kentucky, Lexington KY 40546-0091, Tel (859) 257-9364, Fax (859) 323-1120, (email

Faculty Position

We invite applications for a tenure-track ASSISTANT PROFESSOR position in Systematic Invertebrate Zoology to begin August 2008. Candidates must have a Ph.D., postdoctoral research experience and a research plan that integrates modern molecular approaches to study the systematics, biogeography, and evolution of freshwater invertebrates. Candidates working on systematics of any group of freshwater invertebrates will be considered. Candidates will be expected to curate one of the freshwater invertebrate collections of Biological Sciences (e.g., Malacology, Decapods, etc.). Candidates must provide evidence of curatorial experience and/or other relevant abilities. Applicants are advised to view a more detailed job description at prior to submitting their application package. Successful candidates will have demonstrated excellence in research and will be expected to attract extramural funding. Candidates must be committed to excellence in teaching and training of undergraduate and graduate students. Opportunities for interactions exist through the Center for Freshwater Studies, Coalition for BioMolecular Products, and Alabama Museum of Natural History.

To apply, mail hardcopies of curriculum vitae, statements regarding research goals, teaching philosophy and interests, evidence of curatorial experience, and copies of significant publications, and have three reference letters sent to: Invertebrate Systematist Search Committee, Department of Biological Sciences, Box 870344, The University of Alabama, Tuscaloosa, AL 35487. Review of applications will begin January 2, 2008, and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Alabama is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and/or Minorities are encouraged to apply.

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