Postdoctoral Fellow - Arthropod Biodiversity

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Postdoctoral Fellow - Arthropod Biodiversity

Clemson, SC
Open Date:
Dec 14, 2020

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.

A Ph.D. in Systematic Biology, Entomology, or a related field is required. Ideally, 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. 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.

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

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.

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%


Ph.D. in Systematic Biology, Entomology, or a closely related field. Candidates must have experience in basic molecular systematic laboratory procedures and in phylogenetic data analysis.

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 the following to

1. cover letter describing applicable experience

2. C.V.

3. contact details for three references 

4. unofficial transcripts

*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.

To ensure full consideration, please submit materials by January 15, 2021. Review of materials will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Start date is negotiable, but the position is open immediately.




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Posted: 12/16/2020
Application Due: 2/14/2021
Work Type: Full Time