[Taxacom] Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Illinois (Parasitoid Wasp Systematics and Bioinformatics)

James Whitfield jwhitfie at life.uiuc.edu
Fri Dec 21 14:24:25 CST 2007

Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Illinois (Parasitoid Wasp
Systematics and Bioinformatics)

    A 2-year postdoctoral research associate position is available in
the Department of Entomology
(http://www.life.uiuc.edu/entomology/index.html at the University of
Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. The position is associated with NSF-funded
research on braconid parasitoid wasps in the laboratory of Dr. James
Whitfield (http://www.life.uiuc.edu/whitfield). The Department of
Entomology has recently been ranked #1 nationally among Entomology
graduate programs, and the postdoc will join a leading laboratory in
insect molecular systematics with close ties to other top insect
systematics labs both on campus and at the Illinois Natural History Survey.

Molecular systematics of the hyperdiverse genus /Heterospilus/

    Funded by NSF RevSys 0717365, this project combines monographic
taxonomic work on the speciose braconid wasp genus /Heterospilus/ in
Costa Rica with a multigene phylogenetic exploration of the genus on a
broader (world) geographic scale.  The  postdoctoral associate will
assist Dr. Paul Marsh
(http://www.life.uiuc.edu/whitfield/Paul_Marsh.html) with the taxonomic
part of the  study, databasing the taxonomic data and illustrations,
designing online interactive identification keys, and helping author a
Tree of Life webpage for the group. Parallel to this work, under the
direction of Dr. Whitfield, a graduate student (position being
advertised separately) will extract, amplify and sequence each of 3
genes from roughly 200 species of wasp, and conduct molecular
phylogenetic analyses to test monophyly of the genus worldwide, and to
explore relationships within the genus, especially for the neotropical
For the postdoctoral position, some research experience in insect
systematics is required, and experience with biodiversity informatics
packages such as mx, Delta or LucID is highly desirable.  The position
is available as soon as Spring 2008.

Interested candidates should submit the following (preferably by email)
to Dr. James Whitfield (jwhitfie at life.uiuc.edu):

1)    A letter stating why you want to apply for the position, and why
you think you would be the best person for this research.  Please also
include a broader perspective on your career and graduate school
2)    A current curriculum vitae, including any previous research
projects you have been involved with, honors, awards, publications and
3)    A list of relevant field, laboratory and analytical techniques
with which you have
4)    Names and contact information (email, phone, address) for at least
3 people who
can supply reference letters.

    We will begin assessing applications during late December.  On order
to receive full consideration for this position, please submit
application materials by January 10,  2007.

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