Postdoctoral Position in Insect Systematics

Stephen Gaimari SGaimari at CDFA.CA.GOV
Wed Jan 15 16:06:38 CST 2003


Postdoctoral Position in Insect Systematics

A postdoctoral position is available through a collaborative effort between the University of California at Davis (UCD) and the California Department of Food and Agriculture (CDFA).  This position is to study systematics of Tephritidae (Insecta: Diptera) of economic importance, with joint appointment between UCD's Department of Entomology and CDFA's Plant Pest Diagnostic Branch, two groups with a strong working relationship.

The major focal areas for this position will be:

    1. Perform original research on the systematics of Tephritidae, using a question-driven approach and utilizing relevant methodologies as necessary, including, for example, phylogenetic analyses of morphological character systems, molecular methods, biogeographical studies, and analyses of patterns of host utilization and phytophagy.

    2. Development of molecular diagnostic tools (e.g., markers) for two main purposes (A & B below), both of which will greatly aid in the accurate and timely diagnostics of potential invasive pests into California,and will help in developing diagnostics protocols for invasive fruit flies worldwide:
          A) to expand the ability of making accurate species-level identifications of larval fruit flies
          B) to aid in populational analyses of certain key pest species to foster identifications of specific origins and pathways of pest introduction into California

The research will be performed in the CDFA Plant Pest Diagnostics Lab in Sacramento, California, which is home to the California State Collection of Arthropods and houses a large, cryogenically frozen tissue collection of Tephritidae. The lab has a fully equipped and staffed molecular facility; prepared samples are sent off-site for sequencing.  Beyond research, the successful candidate will be responsible for curating the tephritid tissue collection, which is an extensive resource for fruit fly molecular genetic research world-wide.

Applicants must have a PhD or equivalent degree in evolutionary biology, entomology, or a related field. Desired qualifications include experience in PCR-based molecular genetic methods, quantitative phylogenetic methodology, and experience with diagnostic methods for Diptera. Exceptional candidates with experience in other areas, methods, or taxa will also be considered.  The position's duration is 3 years, with salary starting at US$40,000 plus benefits, and all associated research costs.  Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2003, and will continue until a candidate is selected.

To apply, please send a detailed letter of interest, CV, and contact information (including email addresses) for three references, to Dr. Steve Gaimari via e-mail (sgaimari at cdfa.ca.gov) or regular mail (address below).  If you need more information, please feel free to contact me or Dr. Dennis Mayhew (CDFA Branch Chief, dmayhew at cdfa.ca.gov).

Plant Pest Diagnostics Branch
California Department of Food and Agriculture
3294 Meadowview Road
Sacramento, CA 95832-1448, USA





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Dr. Stephen D. Gaimari
Curator, California State Collection of Arthropods

Plant Pest Diagnostics Lab
California Department of Food and Agriculture
3294 Meadowview Road
Sacramento, CA 95832-1448, USA

916-262-1131 (tel.)
916-262-1190 (fax)
sgaimari at cdfa.ca.gov
http://www.cdfa.ca.gov/phpps/ppd/Gaimari.htm 
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