[Taxacom] Announcing 2008 Schlinger Foundation Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Diptera at the Smithsonian Institution

Thompson, Chris Chris.Thompson at ARS.USDA.GOV
Tue Jul 15 13:17:33 CDT 2008

The Schlinger Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in Diptera Systematics

At the Smithsonian Institution, National Museum of Natural History,

Department of Entomology, Diptera Unit


The Diptera Unit of the Smithsonian Department of Entomology (USNM)is
pleased to announce the Schlinger Foundation Postdoctoral Fellowship in
support of the BioSystematic Database of World Diptera. The recipient

will conduct collections-based systematics research on flower flies
(Diptera: Syrphidae) and will contribute to the development of the
BioSystematic Database of World Diptera as well as other
Smithsonian-lead initiatives, such as the Encyclopedia of Life (EoL) and
the Consortium for the Barcodes of Life (CBoL).


Flower flies have been selected as a focus of systematic inquiry as they
are critical pollinators (a Convention on Biodiversity (CBD)
cross-cutting theme), agriculturally important biological control
agents, and biodiverse. The group is ready to be harvested in diverse
way and will provide a test of the new digital analysis and
dissemination methodologies now available at the Smithsonian. 


The fellowship: The fellowship duration is one year with potential
renewal for another year. The stipend is $42,000 per year plus benefits.
Additional funds up to $5,000 are also available for research expenses
and related travel. 


The fellowship includes a significant community component

(e.g., building and enhancing of the existing Diptera projects (BDWD),
collections and global projects (Encyclopedia of Life (EoL) and the
Consortium for the Barcodes of Life (CBoL). Information on the Diptera
Unit may be found at Diptera Site, on EOL and CBoL


To apply: The applicant must have a Ph.D. degree, or at least all
requirements for receiving the Ph.D. degree must be completed by the
announcement date. Applications should be submitted to F. Christian
Thompson, Department of Entomology, Smithsonian Institution, P. O. Box
37012, Washington, D. C. 20013-7012 USA (chris.Thompson at ars.usda.gov).
Applications should include project description related to the goals of
the fellowship of no more than three pages (exclusive of bibliography),
curriculum vitae (NSF-style 2 page Biographical Sketch, see pages 20-21
of NSF Grant Proposal Guide), along with the names with addresses
(e-mail preferred) of three professional references. Deadline for
application is 1 September 2008, award announcement 1 October 2008, and
the preferred starting date is 1 November 2008. NO telephone calls.



F. Christian Thompson

Systematic Entomology Lab., ARS, USDA

c/o Smithsonian Institution MRC-0169

PO Box 37012

Washington, D. C. 20013-7012

(202) 382-1800 voice

(202) 786-9422 fax

www.diptera.org Diptera Website

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