Postgraduate research position ~

14 de septiembre de 2004

Postgraduate research position

A postgraduate research position is available for a highly motivated individual to join an NSF-funded research project to study the evolution of
a tritrophic interaction. The primary objective is to test the working
hypothesis that the indirect effects of the glandular trichomes of Datura wrightii on the natural enemies of D. wrightii’s herbivores oppose the direct effects of the trichomes on those herbivores. These indirect effects may constrain the increase in the frequency of plants with glandular trichomes in natural populations. Measurements of plant fitness in the field in the presence and absence of herbivores and/or natural enemies will be emphasized. The successful candidate will participate in planned field and laboratory experiments and also will have the opportunity to develop related projects. Applicants must have a PhD. degree before hiring, and research experience and knowledge in insect ecology and behavior, the design and analysis of field experiments, insect identification and a genuine interest in the evolution of tritrophic interactions. Excellent oral and verbal communication skills are also required.
Postdoctoral positions start at a salary of $31,044 per year, plus benefits. The starting date is negotiable but will be no later than February 1, 2005. Screening of applications will begin November 1, 2004. The initial appointment will be for one year with reappointment for up to two additional years contingent upon satisfactory performance. To apply, send a curriculum vitae, relevant reprints or manuscripts in press, a description of research interests within the Datura system, and the names and e-mail and postal addresses of three references to:
Dr. J. Daniel Hare
Department of Entomology
University of California
Riverside, CA 92521
For more information, send an e-mail to A list of previous publications on D. wrightii can be found at
The University of California, Riverside is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer.

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