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Westerman Lab Post Doctoral Fellow at The University of Arkansas
Jobs & Postdocs
Posted Feb 9
The Westerman Lab at the University of Arkansas is seeking a creative and motivated Post Doctoral Fellow to investigate the genetics and neurobiology of mate preference plasticity in butterflies, to begin as soon as late Spring 2017. The Westerman Lab studies mechanisms underlying behavioral diversity and plasticity, with a focus on sensory system development and visual learning in butterflies. Current research topics include the role of genetics and social environment in mate preference development, behavioral and developmental plasticity, the role of perception and sensory environment in ornament evolution, and sensory biases. The lab is an integrative animal behavior group, and integrate a wide range of techniques, including, but not limited to, controlled laboratory experiments, genomics, histology, and field ecology. The Research incorporates both tropical butterflies and those native to Northwestern Arkansas, and takes advantage of multiple species-rich field sites within a 30-minute drive of campus. For more information, please visit the lab website at
This position will be expected to work in close collaboration with Dr. Westerman on a comparative behavioral genomics project, as well as to develop independent research projects within the scope of the lab. In addition, this position will be expected to collaborate with fellow lab members, and will have the opportunity to mentor undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Westerman is building collaborations within the Biology Department, as well as with faculty in both the Entomology and Psychological Sciences Departments at UARK. Postdocs in the lab will have the opportunity to work across discipline, and will be encouraged to initiate and develop innovative collaborative projects.
This technically integrative lab embraces creative approaches to studying animal behavior. Candidates with a strong background in neurobiology, genomics, and development are particularly encouraged to apply.
Funding is currently available to support this position for two years, with the possibility for extension depending on funding and project progress.
For full consideration, please apply by Feb 28, 2017
Minimum Qualifications:
·      Ph.D. in biological sciences or a related field
·      Demonstrated expertise in genomics, bioinformatics, neurobiology, or developmental biology techniques
·      Experience with either multivariate statistics or statistical analysis of genomic data
·      Demonstrated evidence of excellent writing skills
Preferred Qualifications:
·      Experience in animal behavior experimental design
·      Experience in live animal husbandry
·      Experience in chemical ecology
·      Experience in microscopy
·      Experience using CRISPR/Cas9
For a complete position announcement and information regarding how to apply, visit
Applicants must submit a cover letter/letter of application, curriculum vitae, and a two-page description of research accomplishments and future plans uploaded to the 'Other Document' link. A list of three professional references (name, title, email address, and contact number) willing to provide letters of reference will be requested during the application process.
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Erica Westerman
Assistant Professor
Department of Biological Sciences
University of Arkansas