Job & Research Opportunities

Check here regularly for job listings, research opportunities and student positions. If you have a position or opportunity you would like listed, please contact Jenny Jandt.

Pollinator Biology Assistant Professor (tenure track) – Purdue University – Posted October, 12, 2017

The Department of Entomology at Purdue University seeks to fill a tenure track position in pollinator biology. This is a nine-month appointment at the level of assistant professor with primary research and secondary extension responsibilities. For more information, click here.

Two Graduate Student Positions – Virginia Tech – Posted October 12, 2017

The Couvillon Lab at Virginia Tech seeks highly motivated, independent students with a keen interest in honey bee foraging and recruitment behavior and/or pollinator health to join our newly established research group in the late spring or early autumn 2018 under Dr. Margaret Couvillon, Assistant Professor of Pollinator Biology and Ecology in the Department of Entomology, Virginia Tech, Blacksburg, Virginia.

Available positions: One PhD (4 years) and one MSc/MS (2 years) positions studying the foraging ecology of honey bees and other pollinators in the Couvillon Lab.

Application deadline: 15 December, 2017

Start date: late spring or early autumn 2018 (but open to negotiation)

For more information on the position and how to apply, click here.

Graduate Student Position – Ohio State University – Posted September 28, 2017

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Apiculture Lecturer and Distance Education Coordinator – University of Florida – Posted September 27, 2017

This is a full-time, non-tenure track faculty position located in the Department of Entomology and Nematology.  This is a 12-month, non-tenure position that will be 100% teaching in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences.  It is located in the University of Florida’s Entomology and Nematology Department in Gainesville, Florida, within the Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences (IFAS). The position will be academically housed in the Entomology and Nematology Department within IFAS and the nature of the assignment may change in accordance with the evolving needs of the department and IFAS.

The primary focus of this position will be to develop a premiere apiculture education program. The successful candidate is expected to develop a robust certificate program under the entomology major and focused on apiculture. Primary responsibilities include teaching existing distance-delivered courses on apiculture (ENY 4573/5572 – offered every semester) and a traditional classroom course on practical beekeeping (ENY 2041 C), as well as developing additional related courses, both traditional (classroom) and distance, on the topic. The successful candidate is expected to use innovative course design strategies in the development of the certificate program.

Furthermore, the successful candidate will be responsible for coordination of the distance education (self-funded) program for the Entomology and Nematology Department. The coordinator will serve as first contact and major academic advisor for all applicants to undergraduate and graduate certificate programs and will facilitate advising of all admitted M.S. non-thesis online students, coordinate final exams, and maintain a database of student enrollment and post-graduation positions. The coordinator will also promote the program and seek opportunities to expand enrollment.

For more information, click here.

Postdoctoral Position in Genomic and Neural Basis of Facial Recognition in Polistes wasps – Cornell – Posted September 26, 2017

The Sheehan lab ( at Cornell University is looking to recruit 2 postdocs to work on projects to understand the genomic and neural basis of individual facial recognition in paper wasps. Among its close relatives, the paper wasp Polistes fuscatus is unique in that it uses highly variable facial patterns to recognize individuals. The recent evolution of this complex behavior, coupled with small genomes and very high recombination rates make paper wasps an unusually tractable systems for investigating the genetic basis of behavioral and cognitive evolution.

We are currently seeking postdocs to begin work on two inter-related aspects of a recently funded project:

1. The evolution of neural architecture underlying social cognition. Using a combination of staining, imaging and recording techniques the postdoc will determine regions of the wasp brain that are involved in processing individually distinctive facial signals. For this aspect of the work, prior experience working with insect neurobiology is strongly desired.

2. Population, comparative and functional genomic approaches to identifying the genomic basis of social cognition. Preliminary work in the lab has identified a number of narrowly defined candidate regions under selection that have likely been evolving in response to selection for novel cognitive abilities related to individual recognition in P. fuscatus. We are now interested to further characterize their effects on brain development or processing. For this aspect of the work, prior experience working in genomics is highly desirable.

Start dates for positions are flexible. Funding is available now, though I would anticipate start dates after January or even into the summer. In both cases, postdocs in the lab will be encouraged to develop independent projects related to the broader goals of the lab on the evolution of social behavior.

If the neural and/or genomic basis of social cognition is interesting to you, please be in touch!

The Sheehan lab is housed in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at Cornell University (, which brings together neurobiology and the study of the evolution of behavior. Cornell is a leading center for the development and implementation of neural imaging technology ( and also has a very strong presence of comparative and evolutionary genomics on campus (

Those interested in a postdoctoral position in the lab should contact Michael Sheehan directly ( and send along your statement of your interests and a CV. There is no deadline per se, review will be rolling until positions are filled.

Assistant Professor in Neurobiology and/or Neurotoxicology, University of North Carolina – Greensboro – Posted September 14, 2017

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Postdoctoral Position in Varroa Physiology, University of Florida – Gainesville – Posted September 1, 2017

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Assistant Professor of Animal Behavior, Cornell University – Posted August 31, 2017

The Department of Neurobiology and Behavior (NBB) invites applications for a tenure-track position as Assistant Professor of Behavior. We seek broad thinkers with a strong understanding of evolutionary biology who can show how their research helps answer major questions in animal behavior and why they are particularly suited to tackle these questions. We encourage candidates whose aim is to discover general principles of animal behavior that link to other areas of biology. The successful candidate is expected to establish a vigorous, externally funded, internationally recognized research program, and to teach at the graduate and undergraduate levels.

To apply: Questions can be directed to Prof. Kern Reeve, Search Committee Chair, NBB, Cornell University, Ithaca, NY 14853, Application deadline, including 3 letters of recommendation: 1 November 2017.

Assistant Cooperative Extension Specialist, UC-Riverside – Posted August 5, 2017

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Postdoc at Okinawa Institute of Science and Technology – Posted July 27, 2017

The Evolutionary Genomics Unit is seeking for a postdoctoral researcher with background in ecology and evolution, and with ability to analyze high throughput sequencing data. The researcher will work around on one or more of these promising topics: molecular evolution of the symbiosis between insects and microorganisms, molecular phylogenetic of insects and their microorganisms, historical biogeography of termites. For more information, click here.

AAFC Research Assistant / Technician

Agriculture & Agri-Food Canada (AAFC) is looking for a Research Assistant to join the Honey Bee team in Beaverlodge, AB.

The ideal candidate for this permanent position has experience using molecular & cell biology techniques, assisting in managing a laboratory, and training and supervising students.

For more information on this unique opportunity, please follow this link or contact Steve Penal or myself at /

Faculty Endowed Chair Position Open at University of California, Riverside – Posted March 6, 2017

The Department of Entomology will fill a tenured Endowed Chair with an internationally recognized mid- to senior-career scientist in any aspect of Urban Entomology available October 1, 2017. For more information, click here.

BeeMORE Undergraduate Summer Research paid internship – Posted February 22, 2017

If you are an undergraduate science major who is interested in pursuing a career in STEM, there is an exciting new opportunity to develop your skills while studying the interface between microbes and beesBeeMORE is a USDA-funded Research and Extension Experience for Undergraduates who are interested in significantly advancing their research skills in the field, the laboratory, or both.

Pollination Ecologist at University of Florida – Posted February 11, 2017

The Entomology and Nematology Department at the University of Florida is accepting applications for an Assistant Professorship focused on pollination ecology in natural areas and crop systems. This is a 12-month, tenure-accruing position that will be 60% research (Florida Agricultural Experiment Station), 25% Extension (UF/IFAS Extension Service), and 15% teaching (College of Agricultural and Life Sciences). The position is based in Gainesville, FL, USA. The primary focus within the research assignment is the pollination ecology and/or conservation of non-Apis bees. The Extension responsibilities will include developing and implementing an effective statewide Extension education program to support conservation efforts and stakeholders who rely on the pollination services that non-Apis bees provide. The teaching responsibilities will include developing an undergraduate/graduate course in pollinator ecology/conservation and participation in revolving topic seminars in the candidate’s area of expertise. Please forward this announcement to all interested parties. More information about the position can be found at The University of Florida is an Equal Opportunity Institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

Postdoctoral Research Associate ASU, USDA-NIFA – Posted February 10, 2017

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