Postdoctoral Research Associate, Evolution of Novelty in Treehoppers

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Job Title: Postdoctoral Research Associate, Evolution of Novelty in Treehoppers
Job ID: 2019178
Location: Storrs Campus
Full/Part Time:
Regular/Temporary: Temporary

Job Posting

An NSF-funded postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Elizabeth Jockusch, Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, University of Connecticut, to investigate the developmental basis of a fascinating morphological novelty, the highly evolvable pronotal helmet of treehoppers. The research combines comparative transcriptomic and reverse genetic approaches in treehoppers and other hemipterans to test multiple hypotheses related to the origin of the helmet. We are looking for a creative researcher who will work collaboratively with another postdoctoral scholar on the project.

For additional information on the Jockusch lab, please visit our website:

The Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology ( at the University of Connecticut, Storrs, has a large and interactive group of biologists with interests in the evolution of development and in arthropods, in a rural New England landscape between Boston and New York.


Completion of the requirements for a Ph.D. degree in developmental biology, evolutionary biology or a related field by the time of appointment; equivalent foreign degrees are acceptable.


Experience with developmental genetics, evo-devo, or analysis of transcriptomic datasets; demonstrated record of achievement; demonstrated ability to work both independently and collaboratively; experience working with arthropods is also a plus.


The preferred start date is January 2019 (negotiable). The initial appointment is for one year, with the possibility of renewal. Salary and benefits are competitive. Salary will be commensurate with successful candidates' background and experience.


Please apply online at UConn Careers, (, Staff Positions (Search # 2019178). The following documents should be included in a single PDF filed uploaded in the UConn Jobs application: (1) letter of interest, (2) curriculum vitae, (3) brief description of research interests and accomplishments (1-2 pages), and (4) contact information for three professional references. Informal inquiries about the position are welcome - please to contact [email protected] with any questions.

Applications received by November 30, 2018 will be guaranteed full consideration; review of applications will continue until the position is filled.

Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. (Search # 2019178)

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:59 p.m. Eastern time on November 30, 2018.

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Posted: 10/31/2018
Application Due: 12/30/2018
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