[Taxacom] Postdoctoral position at the Biodiversity Institute of Ontario (Canada) - DNA barcoding of Lepidoptera

Alex Borisenko aborisen at uoguelph.ca
Mon Jan 11 16:03:12 CST 2010

Dear Taxacomers:

Please feel free to redistribute the job ad below to all interested.

Thank you and best wishes,
Alex Borisenko


Biodiversity Institute of Ontario, University of Guelph
Postdoctoral position: DNA barcoding of Lepidoptera

DNA barcode studies employ a 650-base sequence near the 5' end of the mitochondrial gene COI to differentiate animal 
species. Over the past five years, over 750K DNA barcode records have been collected from approximately 100K species. 
This information is building a capacity to rapidly identify organisms, aiding efforts to monitor global biodiversity 
patterns. The International Barcode of Life Project (www.ibolproject.org), scheduled for launch in late 2010, will allow 
coverage in the DNA barcode reference library to rise to 500K species by 2015.

Species of Lepidoptera have long been a major focus for DNA barcoding, and DNA barcodes are now available from nearly a 
quarter of the world’s 160K described species. We are seeking a postdoctoral fellow to advance efforts to build 
comprehensive barcode coverage for the Lepidoptera faunas of Australia and North America. This position involves four 
key activities linked to project organization and oversight:
-        Interact with external collaborators to obtain samples/specimens
-        Coordinate the submission of samples/specimens to the Canadian Centre for DNA Barcoding (www.dnabarcoding.ca), 
located within our Institute
-        Perform quality checks such as comparing image records to the collaborator-provided taxonomy and examining 
genetic distance trees built from the barcode records
-        Organize and manage data in the online DNA barcoding database, the Barcode of Life Data Systems (BOLD; 

Candidates for this position should have a strong background in Lepidoptera taxonomy; experience in molecular 
phylogenetics is also desirable. The DNA barcode data gathered in this work will provide the opportunity for 
high-quality publications in areas such as integrative taxonomy, evolutionary biology, molecular ecology, or 
phylo-geography depending upon the expertise of the successful candidate.

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, and contact information for three references to gsinger at ibolproject.org. As 
the position is available immediately, the review process will commence as applications are received.


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