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Postdoct in Bio-inspired Swarming Using Social Insects as Models
Jobs & Postdocs
Posted Jan 3
The Social Insect Research Group in the School of Life Sciences  at Arizona State University ( invites applications for a one-year postdoctoral research position. The successful candidate will be responsible for designing and carrying out lab and field experiments on aggression and defensive strategies of social insect colonies. The work will primarily be conducted at Arizona State University but will also include a field component at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute in Panama.

The project is a collaboration between the groups of Jennifer H. Fewell (, Stephen C. Pratt ( and Theodore P. Pavlic ( The candidate will also help to coordinate with collaborators at the Georgia Tech Research Institute to use experimental results for development of bio-inspired approaches to swarm-vs-swarm combat.

The expected start date is January 2017 for a one-year appointment. Applicants must have a PhD in a related field by the time of appointment. Ideal candidates will have a background in the empirical study of insect behavior. Familiarity with computational modeling of complex systems is desirable but not required. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.
Applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and statement of research interests, and they should also arrange for three references to submit letters of recommendation. All material should be sent to Stephen Pratt at The priority deadline for applications is January 15, 2017; however, we will continue reviewing applications every week thereafter, until the position is filled. Application materials should be sent in PDF format. Further inquiries should be emailed directly to Jennifer Fewell (, Stephen Pratt (, or Theodore Pavlic (

A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.