Postdoc in mechanisms and/or evolution of animal coloration (USA) ~

7 de noviembre de 2013

Postdoc in mechanisms and/or evolution of animal coloration (USA)

A post-doctoral position in mechanisms and/or evolution of animal coloration is available in the
Shawkey lab at the University of Akron in Ohio, USA.  We are examining how pigments and
organization of tissue at the nanostructural scale in feathers and eggs contributes to their optical
(coloration, iridescence) and non-optical (tensile strength, hydrophobicity, etc.) properties. In turn,
we are examining how these properties may affect their evolution, particularly in regards to sexual
selection and brood parasitism.

Specific projects will depend on the interests of the post-doc, but will likely involve use of electron
and light microscopy, chemical analyses (Raman, mass spec, etc.), spectrophotometry, phylogenetic
and/or optical modeling and potentially some fieldwork with brood parasitic birds. The post-doc will
be expected to write and contribute to manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals and to
grants for additional funding. Minimum qualifications for both positions are a Ph.D. in physical or
life sciences by the time the position starts. The successful candidate will be highly motivated,
interested in interdisciplinary work and able to work independently.  The best metric of these
characteristics is a record of peer-reviewed publication.

For complete details and to apply for this position, visit: Job # 8123.
Both positions are available immediately and are grant funded for a period of two years that renew
annually. Salary will be commensurate with experience. For further information on our lab group,
please see The University of Akron is committed to a policy of
equal employment opportunity and to the principles of affirmative action in accordance with state
and federal laws.

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