Postdoctoral Fellow in Arthropod Biodiversity

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Postdoctoral Fellow in Arthropod Biodiversity

Clemson, SC
Open Date:
Aug 19, 2019

The Caterino Arthropod Biodiversity Lab at Clemson University is seeking a postdoctoral scholar to conduct integrative research on arthropod biodiversity in the southeastern United States. This NSF-funded project, ‘Litter Arthropods of High Appalachia’, will utilize metabarcoding procedures to analyze patterns of diversity and endemism across leaf litter arthropod faunas in the southern Appalachians.

The postdoctoral scholar will conduct and disseminate independent, integrative research resolving evolutionary patterns of litter arthropod communities across the high peaks of the southern Appalachian mountains. Responsibilities will include, but are not limited to, fieldwork, labwork, data analysis, manuscript preparation, mentoring graduate and undergraduate students, and presentation at national/international meetings.

The position will be renewable annually for up to three years, contingent on satisfactory performance.

1. Field and laboratory research and data analysis: 60%
2. Prepare publications and proposals: 20%
3. Mentor/supervise students conducting related research: 10%
4. Prepare research presentations: 5%
5. Assist with laboratory management: 5%

For more information on the Caterino Lab visit: or contact PI Michael Caterino at [email protected]


A Ph.D. in Systematic Biology, Entomology, or a related field is required. Candidates should have demonstrated expertise in next-generation sequencing techniques and phylogenetic methods, and have systematic expertise in a relevant terrestrial arthropod group. Candidates having direct experience with metabarcoding will be preferred.

Additional desirable expertise includes arthropod taxonomy, entomological fieldwork, and morphological and molecular character development. Ideal candidates will have particular expertise in the systematics of a group of terrestrial arthropods prominent in leaf litter.

Application Instructions:

To apply, please submit 1. cover letter describing applicable experience, 2. C.V., 3. contact details for three references, and 4. unofficial transcripts to

If a Ph.D. degree has not yet been earned, please indicate anticipated graduation date. Any additional questions about the position may be directed to the PI as well.

Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. To ensure full consideration, please submit materials by September 9, 2019. Start date is negotiable, but the position is open immediately.




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Posted: 8/20/2019
Application Due: 10/19/2019
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