Postdoctoral Research Associate I

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Postdoctoral Research Associate I
University of Arizona - Tucson, AZ
$45,000 a year

The Matzkin Lab at the University of Arizona, Department of Entomology is currently recruiting a postdoc to work on a NSF funded three year project aiming to examine the genetic basis and evolution of alternative larval behaviors and ultimately in understanding how local ecological adaptation can lead to the divergence of populations. We are seeking a highly motivated and creative individual with strong quantitative & evolutionary genetics, molecular and/or computational biology skills to join our evolutionary and ecological genomics lab. Good writing and communication skills will be required for this position. Prior experience working with Drosophila is not necessary, but a plus. Postdoc will be based at The University of Arizona, Department of Entomology and will have the opportunity to interact with investigators at the BIO5 Institute and Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology.

The four specific aims of this proposal are:
1. Assess the transcriptomic nature of the distinct larval behavior strategies among the D. mojavensis populations.
2. Determine the genetic architecture of larval activity by performing a quantitative trait loci ( QTL ) mapping study.
3. Generate knockouts and transgenics (exchange alleles between populations) of candidate QTLs using CRISPR -Cas9 genome editing.
4. Use the CRISPR -Cas9 knockouts and transgenics to quantify the functional role of the candidate behavior QTLs in an ecological context and examine the life history consequences of variation at these loci.

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ ASU / NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

Accepting a new position is a big life step. We want potential candidates and their families to be able to make informed decisions. Candidates who are considering relocation to the Tucson or Phoenix area, and have been offered an on-site interview, are encouraged to use the free services offered by Above & Beyond Relocation Services ( ABRS ) .Ask your department contact to be introduced to ABRS prior to your visit.

The University of Arizona has been recognized on Forbes 2015 list of America’s Best Employers in the United States and has been awarded the 2016 Work-Life Seal of Distinction by World@Work! For more information about working at the University of Arizona, please click here .

Duties & Responsibilities

The postdoc will be involved in all research aspects of the project, and would have the possible opportunity to develop new projects in consultation with Dr. Matzkin. Critical and independent thinking is very important for this position, as well as having the ability to analyze data, write manuscripts and proposal writing. Postdoc will interact with the graduate and undergraduate students in the Matzkin lab at the University of Arizona as well as having the opportunity to be involved in outreach activities.

The postdoctoral researcher will be required to maintain up-to-date records of all experiments and data collected. The postdoc will report to Dr. Matzkin on a weekly basis on the progress of projects and experiments. The postdoc will be required to have an active participation in writing publication manuscripts based on the research produced in the lab. General and advanced molecular biology equipment and Drosophila equipment (cages, plates, vials, microscopes, etc) will be required to use in addition to possibly the field collection of Drosophila samples.

The postdoc will be in contact with other faculty and students of the Department of Entomology as well as with faculty, postdocs and students of the BIO5 Institute and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology. These contacts will support the professional growth of the postdoc as well as have a constructive role in the progress of the project. These interactions will occur at minimum on a weekly basis.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities

Minimum Qualifications
PhD in evolutionary biology, evolutionary genetics/genomics, entomology or related field is required. Postdoc must have excellent writing, communication and critical thinking skills with at least 1-3 publications (in print or submitted).

Preferred Qualifications

Prior experience working with Drosophila a plus but not necessary. Background working with CRISPR /Cas9 in model or non-model system also a plus, but not necessary. A background in quantitative and evolutionary/ecological genetics and/or molecular and computational biology desired.

FLSA Exempt

Full Time/Part Time Full Time

Number of Hours Worked/Week 40

Job Category Postdoctoral Research

Benefits Eligible Yes - Full Benefits

Posted Rate of Pay $45,000 Annually

Type of criminal background check required: Name-based criminal background check (non-security sensitive)

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Assistant Professor
North Carolina State University - Raleigh, NC

Crop & Soil Sciences is a Department with diverse disciplines that encompass research, extension and teaching related to soil science and theory and the genetic improvement, production and utilization of agronomic and turf-grass crops. Research in basic and applied science and the engagement and technology transfer to public and private sector practitioners.

Essential Job Duties: The successful candidate will develop a research and teaching program that focuses on improving soil productivity and profitably in sustainable and organic cropping systems by studying complex soil and system interactions.

A strong research program in soil management of sustainable and organic agricultural systems must be multifaceted and can focus on plant nutrient requirements, timing of nutrients or optimum plant uptake with attention to environmental consequences, tillage strategies, cover cropping systems, and integrated crop-livestock systems.

Potential research might include: (a) meeting crop nutrient needs through various organic amendments or cover crops, (b) improving environmental quality by minimizing and avoiding nutrient, sediment, and pathogen losses, and © mitigating greenhouse gas emissions and adapting agricultural systems to climate change.

Additional research could focus on cost-effective soil management strategies for sustainable production of high-value organic and conventional crops (e.g., vegetables, fruits, animal products, and cereals).The candidate will be expected to work closely with a multidisciplinary faculty in Horticultural Science, Plant Pathology, Entomology, and Animal Science at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems, as well as with other stakeholders across the state.

Generation of external funding from multiple sources to support the research program is required. The successful candidate will be expected to present data at state, regional and national symposia and meetings and at CEFS field days and workshops. Publication of research results in internationally recognized peer-reviewed journals is required.

The successful candidate will also be expected to teach one undergraduate-level course as part of the Agroecology curriculum and either one graduate level course in soil fertility or an introduction to soils for the two-year students and/or other courses as department needs.

Other Work/Responsibilities
Minimum Education/Experience: A Ph.D. in Soil Science, Agronomy, Horticultural Science or a closely related discipline with a strong soils background.

Departmental Required Skills: Candidate must have excellent written and oral communication skills with demonstrated ability to publish peer-reviewed research in internationally recognized journals.

A demonstrated ability in the classroom.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

Experience in soil fertility, nutrient management and/or soil management processes is preferred.

Special Instructions Please attach a CV and cover letter.

Letters of reference may be forwarded to Dr. Chris Reberg-Horton at

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Arborist (Natural Resource Specialist 4) East Wenatchee 03726
State of Washington East Wenatchee, WA 98802
$4,208 - $5,522 a month - Full-time, Commission

Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission

AGENCY PROFILE State Parks is governed by a board of seven volunteer citizens appointed by the Governor. Commission members serve staggered six-year terms, setting public policy and guiding the agency. The Washington state park system includes more than 100 developed parks, recreation programs, trails, boating safety and winter recreation.
Our Mission.
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission cares for Washington's most treasured lands, waters and historic places. State parks connect all Washingtonians to their diverse natural and cultural heritage and provide memorable recreational and educational experiences that enhance their lives.

Our Vision

Washington's state parks will be cherished destinations with natural, cultural, recreational, artistic and interpretive experiences that all Washingtonians enjoy, appreciate and proudly support. Washington State Parks employs more than 500 permanent staff and more than 350 seasonal and temporary staff throughout the state. The headquarters office is located in Tumwater, and region offices are located in Burlington, East Wenatchee and Tumwater. ___________________________.

This announcement is for a full-time, permanent Arborist (Natural Resource Specialist 4) position located in the Eastern Region Office in East Wenatchee, WA.

Please Note: This is an agency internal recruitment. This position is open to permanent Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission employees only. For more information on Washington State parks please visit click here! If you have any questions regarding this recruitment, please contact the manager listed in the "Supplemental Information" section of this publication.

This position supervises two or more professional Natural Resource Specialists 3 / in-training 3 arborist positions on an agency arbor crew. The position also manages the agency's arbor program in one or more agency regions; assists the Natural Resources Program Manager and agency Forester with the review and development of policies to reduce risk associated with falling trees and to extend the health of shade-trees; ensures the timely and professional implementation of agency arboriculture-related policies and services; and serves as the agency's representative in negotiating inter-agency, arbor services-related tasks. This position requires independent judgement and decision-making to maximize the safety, efficiency and effectiveness of agency arbor work.

Duties include but are not limited to:
Serves as an agency expert in arboriculture by providing recommendations to lower the agency's risk associated with failing trees, while enhancing the long-term health and aesthetics of agency trees.
Assess and removes trees to reduce hazardous conditions to protect people and property.
Prune trees for structure, defects and health.
Remove dead or dying branches and trees injured by disease, insect infestation, animals, storms, and/or other adverse mechanical damage to protect people and property.
Operate heavy equipment including bucket trucks, chippers, skidder, and masticator.
Supervises and assists an arbor crew, directing and ensuring safe, efficient and effective planning, scheduling, implementation and documentation of arboriculture field work in multiple parks across one or more regions, with an emphasis on tree care, forest health, human safety, property protection, risk reduction and related activities.
Responsible for the arbor crew budget and inventory, maintenance and purchases of arbor related equipment.
Ensures crew compliance with Commission policies and agency directives related to tree risk assessments and treatments.

REQUIRED EDUCATION, EXPERIENCE, LICENSURE SKILLS AND ABILITIES : High School graduate or equivalent and at least seven (7) years of journey-level experience in tree care maintenance.

Must have a Washington State Public Operator Pesticide License, International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist (ISA) Certificate, and PNW-ISA Tree Risk Assessment Qualification or equivalent and be able to demonstrate functional tree risk assessment knowledge and skills.

Must have working knowledge of the Commission's Arbor Program and park landscapes.

Will be required to obtain a Class A Commercial Driver License (CDL) within 3 months of employment.

College coursework or degree in forestry, arboriculture, plant pathology, entomology, natural resource management, or related field. Supervisory, lead, and/or lead experience.

To ensure consideration, please complete the online job application and profile at . Use reference number 03726 when searching for the job announcement. You must attach or embed in your application the following:
Current resume
Three professional references
Letter of Interest specifically addressing the qualifications listed in this announcement **All requested materials must be submitted. Incomplete or late application materials will not be accepted. Failure to follow application process may disqualify you from further consideration.** The information provided in your application must support your selected answers in the application questions. Answers will be verified and documentation may be required. Responses not supported in your application will disqualify you for consideration of employment from this recruitment.
NOTE: Applicants may be required to successfully complete a background investigation which may include, but is not limited to: personal history, driving record, and employment.
This position is covered by a union shop provision. Therefore, as a condition of employment, candidates who are appointed are required to become members of the Washington Federation of State Employees (WFSE) and pay dues or as a non-member pay agency shop fee, non-association fee or a representation fee. The union shop provision shall be effective no later than the 30th day following the effective date of the appointment. For more information:
Diversity Policy Statement The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is committed to creating an equitable, hospitable, appreciative, safe, and inclusive park environment – one that embraces the full spectrum of all community members' contributions. The Commission makes this commitment because:
Diversity strengthens the workforce in competence and ability;
Celebrating diversity appreciates and values individual differences;
Diversity serves an increasingly heterogeneous society;
Diversity helps ensure the relevance of a state park system, its mission, properties, and programs to the people of this state today and in the future; and
Diversity is crucial to our ability to serve all citizens. The Commission encourages and supports staff efforts to reach out to people of all races, national origins, abilities, religions, sexual orientations, veteran status, ages, and genders who use the parks and who live in communities nearby parks. This outreach is to focus on engaging in partnerships that expand programs and services in a way that is meaningful and of value to all people. The Commission is dedicated to offering quality experiences to all visitors through a workforce and volunteer corps that reflects the diversity of Washington State.
The Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission is an equal opportunity employer. We strive to create a working environment that includes and respects cultural, racial, ethnic, sexual orientation and gender identity diversity. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, persons with disabilities, persons over 40 years of age, disabled and Vietnam veterans and people of all sexual orientations and gender identities are encouraged to apply. Persons needing accommodation in the application process or this job announcement in an alternative format may contact the human resources office at (360) 902-8565. Applicants who are deaf or hard of hearing may call through the Washington Relay Service by dialing 7-1-1 or 1-800-833-6388. For information about this position, please contact Robert Fimbel at R or (360) 902-8592.

Arborist (Natural Resource Specialist 4) East Wenatchee 03726 Supplemental Questionnaire

1. Do you have a high school diploma or equivalent, AND a minimum of seven years of full-time experience in arboriculture/tree care maintenance?

Yes No

2. Which best describes your full-time experience in arboriculture/tree care maintenance?

I have 7 years of experience.

I have more than 7 years of experience.

I have less than 7 years of experience.

3. Do you possess a current unrestricted driver’s license?

Yes No

4. Do you possess a current Class A Commercial Driver’s License?

Yes No

5. Have you taken college coursework or do you possess a degree in forestry, arboriculture, plant pathology, entomology, natural resource management, or a related field?

Yes No

6. If you possess a degree as described above, please indicate the type of degree. If you do not possess a degree in one of the above fields, please enter "N/A".

7. Do you have a Washington State Public Operators Pesticide License?

Yes No

8. Are you an International Society of Arboriculture Certified Arborist?

Yes No

9. Are you a Pacific Northwest Chapter ISA Certified Tree Risk Assessor?

Yes No

10. The application process requires that you attach a current resume, letter of interest and three professional references. Have you attached the required documents?

Yes No

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Texas A&M AgriLife

College Station, TX
Assist with research activities on mosquitoes. Duties will involve molecular diagnostics for mosquito-borne viruses and other pathogens; assisting with experimental infections of mosquitoes; mosquito and kissing bug colony care; general laboratory management; and supervision of student workers as appropriate.

Collect arthropod vector or vertebrates in the field and assisting with avian infection experiments.

Required Education:
B.S. in entomology, biology, genetics, biomedical sciences or other closely related field.

Preferred Education:
Required Experience:
None specifically required.

Preferred Experience:
Experience working in a molecular laboratory; experience conducting next generation sequencing and bioinformatics.

Required licenses, certifications, or registrations: none

Preferred licenses, certifications, or registrations: none

Required special knowledge, abilities, and skills:
Excellent verbal and written communication skills; ability to effectively use personal computer to communicate, prepare proposals to include cost information on spread sheets as applicable and provide reports of activities; ability to effectively communicate with faculty, students and staff; familiarity with appropriate laboratory, farm and/or technical equipment; and ability to multi task and work cooperatively with others.

Preferred special knowledge, abilities, and skills:
Knowledgeable in DNA extraction and PCR

Other requirements or other factors:
Work may involve standing at work bench for extended periods time.

Documents associated with this posting

Cover Letter - required Resume - required

Comments to Applicants

This position allows for several optional documents which may be attached during the application process; if you are unable to attach any of these documents, they may be mailed to:

Robert Jensen

Texas A&M AgriLife Research
Entomology Department
2475 TAMU
College Station, TX 77843-2475
or they may be emailed to:
If mailing/emailing documents, please include a reference to the NOV # for this position.

This position is funded by non-appropriated sources and has been approved for posting. Continued employment in this position is contingent upon availability of funds.

Employment is contingent upon the agency's verification of credentials and/or other information required by agency procedures, including the completion of a criminal history check.

Finalists may be required to furnish a copy of official transcript documenting degree conferred.

Texas law requires all males 18-25 show proof of compliance with federal Selective Service law to be eligible for employment.

Does this position accept online applications? Yes

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University System of New Hampshire - Durham, NH

UNHC background: The College of Life Science and Agriculture maintains the University of New Hampshire Insect Collection, which contains over 700,000 specimens of insects and other arthropods. The collection is a preserved, documented, and curated assemblage that is important to a wide array of research and teaching activities. The presence and growth of the collection at UNH is important to the University, New Hampshire and New England because it is a readily available local resource of identified voucher specimens for the region, as well as being used in research at the national and international levels.

The position:
The Collection Manager is responsible for the maintenance and organization of the collection. This involves oversight and documentation of all collection-related procedures, including filing, labeling, and preparation of specimens. It also requires strong management skills in the leadership of a team of entomology collection staff. The Collection Manager is expected to maintain working knowledge modern techniques in systematic biology, database management, entomological collections maintenance, and fieldwork.

The Collection Manager in conjunction with the curators will develop collection improvement grants. The Collection Manager reports to the Curator, works closely with students, supervises all technical entomology collection staff and volunteers, and manages the Arthropod Identification Center. The Collection Manager will be expected to teach two undergraduate courses each year.

Additional Job Information
Applications will be reviewed as soon as they are submitted.

For full consideration, please upload resume/CV, cover letter, contact information for 3 professional references, and a statement on your collections management approach.

(In the document uploading section that follows, use the upload link for “Other”)

Posting Number/Job Order # PS0379FY17

Acceptable minimum level of education Master's
Acceptable minimum years of experience 3-5 years

Other minimum qualifications

1. Masters or PhD in Biology (with an emphasis in Entomology)
2. Four years of experience in curatorial or closely related work, or an equivalent combination of education

and experience; digitization skills highly desirable

3. Prior supervisory experience
4. A working knowledge of modern techniques in systematic biology and taxonomic expertise of insects in

5. A well-versed background in entomology is required, including familiarity with other entomology collections

and researchers
6. Knowledge of taxonomic principles, and entomology collections management
7. Strong organizational skills necessary to keep collections accessible
8. Familiarity with personal computers, and collections databases
9. Knowledge of international and domestic regulations for shipment of dried and alcohol-preserved specimens
10. Supervisory skills necessary for directing collection personnel
11. Proficiency in Specify, Excel, and/or Filemaker data management systems
12. Proficiency in Adobe Illustrator, Photoshop, and Zerene Stacker software

Additional Preferred Qualifications

1. Ability to maintain a diversity of insect collections
2. High level organizational skills and ability to multitask
3. Proven experience supervising student workers and volunteers
4. A proactive and highly motivated workstyle
5. Strong communications skills with an ability to work well across the University (facilities, IT, academic departments)

Salary Information: Salary is complemented by a comprehensive benefits package which includes medical, dental, retirement, tuition, and paid time off.

Quicklink for Posting
Percent Time Information (FTE) 1.00
Grade 21

EEO Statement

The University System of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity/Equal Access/Affirmative Action employer. The University System is committed to creating an environment that values and supports diversity and inclusiveness across our campus communities and encourages applications from qualified individuals who will help us achieve this mission. The University System prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or marital status. Application by members of all underrepresented groups is encouraged. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the U.S.

Institution Information: A comprehensive land-, sea-, and space-grant university, UNH is the state’s flagship public university and is ideally located in the rural town of Durham, with ready access to the Maine and New Hampshire seacoasts, Boston, and the White Mountains. The University actively creates and nurtures a dynamic learning environment in which qualified individuals of differing perspectives, life experiences and cultural backgrounds pursue goals with mutual respect and shared spirit of inquiry. UNH has just under 13,000 undergraduate students and 2,200 graduate students.

Posting Date 04/24/2017
Open Until Filled No
Closing Date 06/02/2017
Posting Open to Internal Candidates Only? No
Interested Internal Candidates Exist? No

Job Category Salaried Staff (Exempt)

Appointment Type Regular
If TERM position provide projected end date
Equipment/Instruments PC
DOT Safety Information None applicable

Job Duties

Provide oversight and documentation of all collection-related procedures, including filing, labeling, and preparation of specimens and associated material.
Aid visitors in their use of the collection, and processing recently collected material, as well as outgoing and incoming specimen loans, loan recalls, and loan returns
Maintain records relevant to the collections (loan invoices, accession files, field notes)
Provide the public and professional contacts with information they request from the collection (including digitizing specimens)
Monitor and maintain collection supplies and equipment
Incorporate new material into collection including sorting and identifying, preparing specimens, cataloguing, labeling, and placing in the collection using an established organization
Interact and engage with public outreach and educational activities
Provide leadership of a team of entomology collection staff using strong management skills.


Maintain a working knowledge of modern techniques in systematic biology, database management, entomological collections maintenance, and fieldwork.


Develop collection improvement grants in conjunction with the curators.
Liaise with federal and state authorities and other entomology collectors and researchers.


Supervise all technical entomology collection staff and volunteers, and work closely with students.


Manage the Arthropod Identification Center.


Develop and teach two undergraduate courses each year.

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