Postdoctoral Research Associate

Job description

The University of Denver is a medium-size (12,000 students) private university located in a thriving metropolis at the base of the Rocky Mountains. The Department of Biological Sciences focuses on two areas of research and teaching; 1) Cell and Molecular Biology including biophysics, neuroscience, cell signaling, and developmental biology, and 2) Ecology, Biodiversity including behavioral ecology, plant-insect interactions, conservation biology, restoration ecology and evolution. The department offers undergraduate majors of study including Biology (B.A./B.S.), Molecular Biology (B.S./B.S.), Ecology and BioDiversity (B.A./B.S.) or Integrated Sciences (B.A.). A concentration in Cognitive Neurosciences (B.A./B.S.) is also offered in conjunction with the Department of Psychology. At the graduate level the department offers M.S. and Ph.D. with a research emphasis in either of the two research emphases described above.

Position Summary

The Department of Biological Sciences has an opening for a highly motivated, creative scientist to join the Tinghitella research group as a Post Doctoral Research Associate to study the evolution of sexual signaling systems & the evolutionary genetics of diversification. The project capitalizes on an unprecedented opportunity to observe the emergence of what may be a new sexual signal, track its coevolution (or not) with the preferences and sensory systems of intended and unintended receivers (females and natural enemies), and examine the signals evolutionary origin and genomic architecture. The position provides additional opportunities for independent research in related areas for motivated postdoctoral scientists.

This position has funding for one year with the possibility to extend to a second year depending on performance appraisal.

Essential Functions

Primary duties will include conducting research on rapid evolutionary change in the sexual signals of Hawaiian field crickets, their genetic/genomic underpinnings, and implications for reproductive isolation. The postdoc will be responsible for carrying out research projects in the laboratory and field, training and supervising other personnel, analyzing data, and publishing results in a timely fashion. There will be ample opportunities to also participate in a new science communication program explicitly aimed at broadening participation in the sciences.

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities

  • Experience generating and analyzing phenotypic (morphology, behavior) and fitness data
  • Knowledge of quantitative and/or evolutionary genetics
  • Experience and willingness to do longer-term field work in challenging circumstances
  • Excellent analytical skills.
  • Good communication & writing skills.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in biology or related field.
    • ABD accepted at time of application. Must have Ph.D by start date.
  • Demonstrated ability to publish high quality papers

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience in population genomics and/or analysis of auditory signals.

Working Environment

1. Standard lab environment.

2. Longer-term field work in challenging circumstances
3. Unexpected interruptions occur often and stress level is moderate to high.
4. Noise level is quiet to moderate.

Physical Activities

1. Ability to stand or sit in front of a computer for an extended period of time.
2. Occasionally required to move about the office/campus with the capability of transporting objects up to 20 lbs.

Application Deadline

Applications will be reviewed ongoing.
For best consideration, please submit your application materials by 4:00 p.m. (MST) on April 30, 2019

Special Instructions
Candidates must apply online through to be considered. Only applications submitted online will be accepted.

Salary Range:
Salary is competitive and will be determined by the qualifications of the selected candidate and NIH guidelines.

Please include the following documents with your application:
1. C.V.
2. Cover Letter

The University of Denver is committed to enhancing the diversity of its faculty and staff. We are an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment regardless of age, race, color, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, military/ veteran status or any other status protected by law.

All offers of employment are based upon satisfactory completion of a criminal history background check.




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Job No: 492328
Posted: 4/8/2019
Application Due: 6/7/2019
Work Type:
Salary: Negotiable