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.

Postdoc positions at Washington University, St. Louis

The Ben-Shahar lab at Washington University in St. Louis is searching for postdoctoral fellows to join our group. We study animal behavior from mechanistic and evolutionary perspectives by using fruit flies, bees, and other insects. These funded positions are ideal for recent PhDs, who are interested in studying mechanisms of behavior at the cellular, and molecular levels. Preference will be given to candidates who are eligible for US federal funding, with research background in animal behavior, neuroethology, molecular genetics and evolution, or in vivo neurophysiology.

Additional information about our group can be found here:

Interested individuals should email their CV, and contact information for three potential reference letter writers to Yehuda Ben-Shahar at 

PhD positions available at Oregon State University Honey Bee Lab

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USGS Bee and plant technician positions (ND, SD, and MN)

US Geological Survey scientists are seeking up to 5 Biological Science Technicians to fill positions that are in support of a pollinator research project led by Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center in Jamestown, ND.  The project goals are to determine how land-use conditions influence bee health and to quantify floral resources used by honey bees and native pollinators in working landscapes.  Duty stations for these positions include North Dakota, South Dakota, and Minnesota. For a more detailed description of the project, please see the attached positions descriptions: Honey Bee; Native Bee

Ph.D. Graduate Position in Termite Social Behavior

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Postdoc Position University of Münster in Germany – Posted December 8, 2017

PostDoc position to study the behavioural, physiological, genetic and epigenetic basis and evolution of a social polymorphism in the ant Pogonomyrmex californicus in the research group of Jürgen Gadau. For more information, click here.

Wild Bee Behavior and Community Ecology Postdocs (2 positions) – Posted December 8, 2017

The Rehan Lab ( is hiring 2 postdoctoral research associates to study behavioral and community ecology of wild bees. The Rehan lab is a collaborative group of more than 12 researchers, staff, and students focusing on bee behavior, ecology and evolution. We are located at the University of New Hampshire in the Department of Biological Sciences. The postdoctoral researchers will join a vibrant team of integrative biologists passionate about all things bee.

Behavioral Ecology Postdoc 
This postdoc will examine nutritional ecology of wild bees to determine pollen preference and nutritional requirements of native pollinators. There is increasing evidence that bee health is mediated not only by the quantity, but also quality of food provided during development. This researcher will conduct field and lab experiments to determine optimal diets for bee nutrition and pollinator health. We are also interested in the effects of maternally provisioned diet and mother-offspring interactions on social behavior. We encourage the postdoc to develop research projects on the social evolution and behavioral ecology of wild bees. The successful candidate will have a PhD in a relevant area, and a strong background in behavioral ecology and evolution. Analytical and writing skills will need to be demonstrated with a history of first authored publications.

Community Ecology and Taxonomy Postdoc 
This postdoc will develop taxonomic reference material and field guides for the wild bees of eastern North America. UNH is home of the Insect Collection of over 700,000 insect specimens and 20,000+ bees. We have databased this material and are actively working to develop status assessments of wild bees in the northeast as well as understanding habitat requirements and floral hosts using a mix of historic reference data and ongoing field surveillance. This researcher will help manage a field crew, analyze complex ecological data, write manuscripts and field guides, and engage in public outreach and educate events across New England. The successful candidate will have a PhD in a relevant area, and a strong background in community ecology and bee taxonomy. Analytical and writing skills will need to be demonstrated and a background in GIS is highly desirable for this project.

The University of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and underrepresented groups. If interested, please send a CV, names of three references, and a short statement of interests to Sandra Rehan by December 20, 2017. Postdoctoral Fellowship positions are available for one year and renewable up to three years with successful progress and performance.

Graduate Student Position at University of Kentucky – Posted December 8, 2017

Clare Rittschof’s lab at the University of Kentucky (Department of Entomology) is recruiting a PhD student to start in the Fall 2018 semester. For more information, click here.

Graduate Position at Colorado State University – Posted December 8, 2017

Arathi Seshadri is recruiting highly motivated and independent graduate students with strong quantitative skills. The position/s will begin with fieldwork in the summer of 2018, before progressing to graduate classes at CSU in the fall. Research projects are broadly structured to understand phytochemical bases of honeybee health and related aspects. Knowledge of beekeeping is not required but is a plus. Successful candidates are expected be comfortable working with honey bees, performing regular hive maintenance, conducting behavioral and chemical assays in the lab, interacting with stake holders and extension personnel. A combination of research and teaching assistantships are available. Interested candidates are encouraged to send questions or a preliminary application (CV, statement of interest, GRE scores, contact information for three references) to Arathi Seshadri, Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, Colorado State University, at  Candidates should apply to the graduate program at the Department of Soil and Crop Sciences, College of Agriculture, ( before March 1 2018. Candidates can also apply through the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology ( by Jan 1 2018.

Graduate Student Position at Utah State University – Posted October 28, 2017

The Kapheim Lab at Utah State University is recruiting a Ph.D. student for Fall 2018 to study maternal effects in solitary bees. This student will be encouraged to develop her/his own research program with the overarching goal of understanding the molecular mechanisms and phenotypic consequences of transgenerational effects. Students working on the project will receive training in field biology, physiology, transcriptomics, and bioinformatics. Students will also have the opportunity to participate in outreach and extension activities.

Research in the Kapheim lab addresses the evolutionary processes responsible for the diversity and plasticity of complex traits. We seek to understand the developmental and sociogenomic mechanisms underlying behavior to better understand how it evolves. Our research is integrated across sub-disciplines of biology, including evolutionary biology, behavioral ecology, comparative genomics and transcriptomics, neurobiology, physiology, and metagenomics. For more information, please visit

The USU Department of Biology is home to a superb faculty with a diverse set of research interests. USU is located in northern Utah’s Cache Valley. Situated between two mountain ranges and next to beautiful Logan Canyon, there are plenty of opportunities for fieldwork, as well as outdoor recreation, in and around Logan.

This position is supported by a combination of research assistantships and teaching assistantships for a minimum of five years. This includes a tuition and partial fee waiver, health insurance, and stipend.

Prospective students are encouraged to email Karen Kapheim at Please include a statement of research and educational goals, overview of previous research experience, and CV. To receive full consideration, applications must be submitted through the USU School of Graduate Studies by December 1, 2017. Please see the USU Biology website for more details (

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.


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.

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

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