Post-Doctoral Scientist, Biological Sciences

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Job Description Summary:

Degree programs in the Department of Biological Sciences are offered at the BA, BS, MS, and PhD levels. Courses and ongoing research programs are focused in:

  • Cellular and Molecular Biology
  • Systematics, Evolution and Ecology

In addition to research facilities in Bell Hall and Science and Engineering Hall, many of our faculty and students conduct research in conjunction with the Smithsonian Institution.

A two-year postdoctoral position is available in the lab of Dr. Adam Smith, an assistant professor in the Department of Biological Sciences at the George Washington University in Washington, D.C. Dr. Smith is looking for a postdoc to work on a project studying the effect of social behavior and ecology on brain development within a phylogenetic framework in bees. Working under direct supervision the position’s duties would include measuring neuroanatomy of bees with different social systems, field collections, dissections and tissue preparation, and/or behavioral ecology experiments. The position will involve a combination of field and lab work, along with opportunities to mentor undergraduate and graduate students and develop new research projects in conjunction with the PI and depending on the postdoc’s expertise and interests. Funding is available for one year with continuation dependent on satisfactory performance.

Duties and responsibilities:

  • Develop and execute research
  • Apply for grant funding
  • Supervise students in lab

Performs other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Require’s a PhD in the field or in a related area.

Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications:

Successful candidates will have a background in behavior, ecology, or organismal biology of bees or other social insects, and/or experience in neuroanatomy or insect neurobiology.


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom College/School/Department: Columbian College of Arts & Sciences (CCAS) Family Research and Labs Sub-Family Laboratory Research Stream Individual Contributor Level Level 3 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hours Per Week: 40 Work Schedule: Mon-Fri, 8:30 AM - 5:30 PM Position Designation: Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations. Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work. Telework: Required Background Check Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search Special Instructions to Applicants:

Please send a CV and description of research interests (2 pages max) to [email protected] Applicants must be able to start by June 1, 2017, although earlier start dates are preferred.

Internal Applicants Only? No Posting Number: R000285 Job Open Date: 04/17/2017 Job Close Date: If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until: Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire. EEO Statement:

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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Job No:
Posted: 4/18/2017
Application Due: 5/25/2017
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