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Postdoctoral Fellow in Applied Evolutionary Ecology (Hufbauer)
Colorado State University in Fort Collins, Colorado
 
 
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Date Posted August 05, 2019
Category
Postdoctoral-Biology

Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

Description of Work Unit

The Department of Bioagricultural Sciences and Pest Management (BSPM) is committed to excellence in the creation and dissemination of knowledge about insects, plant pathogens, and weeds. Further, BSPM applies this knowledge to solving practical problems related to: (1) management of pests in production agricultural systems, in natural resources and recreational environments, and in residential and public areas; (2) environmental quality, and (3) human and animal health. The Department encompasses the disciplines of entomology, plant pathology, and weed science – thus providing unique opportunities to address critical issues that cut across disciplinary boundaries. BSPM focuses its teaching, research and outreach missions in four program areas each of which involves all three of the department’s disciplinary roots in entomology, plant pathology, and weed science. These programs are: 1) Genomics and Molecular Biology, 2) Ecology and Biodiversity, 3) Biology and Management of Invasive Species, and 4) Integrated Pest Management. BSPM emphasizes knowledge of pests and related organisms; the roles that they play in ecological, economic and social systems; and the application of such knowledge to developing economically and environmentally sound solutions for practical problems. Being interdisciplinary in nature, BSPM values cooperative and collaborative efforts with other units within the University, as well as other relevant entities in Colorado and beyond.

Position Summary

The postdoctoral fellow will conduct and manage research using Tribolium beetles to test fundamental theory regarding the factors that determine the fate of small populations in novel environments. The postdoctoral fellow will oversee the preparation for, set-up and running of experiments in consultation with the PIs. They will instruct and supervise a team of undergraduate students in day-to-day operations involved in conducting experiments and collecting data. They will verify data entry and analyze and interpret results from experiments. The postdoctoral fellow will be expected to communicate the findings at professional meetings and with publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Basic research skills needed include knowledge of experimental design, data management, and statistics including population genomic analyses and bioinformatics. Facility with graphing and statistics in the R programming environment is crucial. Knowledge of insect biology and experimental evolution are desirable.

Required Job Qualifications

A PhD in entomology, ecology or evolutionary biology before the negotiated start date is required.
Experience with collection and analysis of of genomic data is required.
Success publishing one or more articles in relevant in peer-reviewed journals required.
Facility with graphing and statistics in the R programming environment.

Preferred Job Qualifications

The preferred candidate will have strong statistical skills with a good track record of publications and strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills.
Additionally, a strong understanding of ecological and evolutionary theory, and experience with experimental evolution, experimental design, large datasets are preferred.
Knowledge of insect biology and experimental evolution are desirable.

Diversity Statement

  • Personal or professional commitment to diversity and inclusion as demonstrated by persistent effort, active planning, allocation of resources and/or accountability for diversity and inclusion outcomes.

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category

Research

Duty/Responsibility

Conducting experiments, analyzing data, writing manuscripts in consultation and collaboration with PIs Ruth Hufbauer (CSU) and Brett Melbourne (CU Boulder). Writing out experimental and sampling plans, meeting to discuss those plans, and adapting them as necessary. These duties are important as they will help ensure that our experiments and other work leads to data that addresses our questions directly. Additionally, they are crucial to the career development of the postdoctoral fellow

Percentage Of Time

50

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category

Accounting

Duty/Responsibility

Purchasing supplies, monitoring expenses using a university purchasing card or purchase orders. Working with the KUALI purchasing system. Operating a vehicle as necessary to buy supplies locally. Work to be completed in a timely way without delays or exceeding the budget.

Percentage Of Time

15

Essential Duties

Job Duty Category

Supervison

Duty/Responsibility

Supervising hourly undergraduate help as well as interns working for credit (up to 6 at a time, working up to 10 hours/week each). Coaching undergraduate hourly help on how to complete necessary tasks and motivating them to work carefully. Informing them about the questions being addressed, ensuring that they understand the purpose of individual tasks. Mentoring them in their career planning and coursework. These duties are important, as they will help ensure that the data collected are of the highest quality possible, and that the work takes place in a positive atmosphere.

 

Percentage Of Time

20

Essential Duties

 

Job Duty Category

Project Management

 

Duty/Responsibility

Coordinating the project. Communicating in person, or over phone or skype (etc.) with all members of the project, both individually and in groups. Confirming plans and adapting them appropriately to the situation will help ensure that the project is successful.

 

Percentage Of Time

15

Application Details

 

Special Instructions to Applicants

To apply, please submit your Curriculum Vitae, a Cover Letter which addresses the minimum and preferred qualifications, and contact information for three professional references. References will not be contacted without prior notification of candidates.

 

Conditions of Employment

Pre-employment Criminal Background Check (required for new hires)

 

Search Contact

Ruth Hufbauer, ruth.hufbauer@colostate.edu

 

EEO Statement

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

 

Background Check Policy Statement

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

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