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Postdoc: Integrating Proximate & Evolutionary Mechanisms of Behavior
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Posted Sep 27
Postdoc: Integrating Proximate and Evolutionary Mechanisms of Behavior, Rosvall Lab, Indiana University
A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Kimberly Rosvall, Department of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington. Our lab investigates the genomic and physiological bases of behavioral plasticity, and how these mechanisms change over evolutionary time. We approach these questions by combining tools from animal behavior, evolutionary biology, neuroendocrinology, and genomics, using free-living songbirds. We are seeking a candidate to develop an original research project that integrates both proximate and evolutionary mechanisms shaping aggressive behavior in birds, with a focus on cavity-nesting birds and/or their non-cavity-nesting relatives.
For the position, we seek an intellectually driven individual with a Ph.D. in animal behavior, behavioral genomics, evolutionary biology, or a related field (required by the time of appointment). Other essentials include a strong background in animal behavior, good leadership skills, and a commitment to team science. Experience with avian field ecology, phylogenetic comparative methods, genomic/informatic skills, qPCR, and/or avian neuroanatomy is strongly desired, but relevant training will be provided as necessary. This position is funded by an NSF grant on the evolution of female aggression (IOS CAREER 1942192), and the position will renewed annually for two years, assuming sufficient progress. Salary will be commensurate with experience, and full benefits are included.
To apply, please submit (i) a letter of application, (ii) a full CV, (iii) a statement of research interests, and (iv) contact information for three references electronically to
Best consideration date is Nov 5, 2021. To accommodate fieldwork in April, expected start date is February 1, 2022, but could be delayed to Spring 2023. Inquiries about the positioncan be directed to Kimberly Rosvall ( Additional information about research in the Rosvall lab can be found at
Bloomington is a vibrant college town located in scenic, hilly southern Indiana, near several state parks, lakes, and wilderness areas that are incredible for hiking and exploring. The cultural environment provided by the University is exceptionally rich in art, music, and theater. The IU Department of Biology is a community of diverse academic scientists, students, and staff from a wide range of cultures, nationalities, races, and social backgrounds. The department and the Rosvall lab are committed to celebrating this diversity and maintaining a culture of respect, kindness, integrity, empathy, fairness, and inclusivity. Our science thrives in an atmosphere of collaboration and support.
The College of Arts and Sciences is committed to building and supporting a diverse, inclusive, and equitable community of students and scholars. Indiana University is an equal employment and affirmative action employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, genetic information, marital status, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.