POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR Behavioral Ecology of Social Insects
The UC Berkeley Natural History Museums and Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management at UC-Berkeley are currently seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar in the laboratory of Dr. Neil Tsutsui.
We are seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar to study the behavior, genetics and chemical ecology of social insects. Previous work has focused on the genetics, behavior, and chemical ecology of the invasive, Argentine ant (*Linepithema humile*). In this species, genetic changes during introduction have altered individual behavior and, in turn, the social organization of introduced populations. These changes have contributed to the Argentine ant's invasive success by promoting the formation of massive "supercolonies" in the introduced range.
The central focus of the Postdoctoral Scholar's research will be production and perception of chemical signals that Argentine ants use to regulate fundamental behaviors, including foraging, queen production, and colonymate recognition. The Scholar will perform manipulative laboratory experiments and local field studies. The Postdoctoral Scholar will also have an opportunity to contribute to an ongoing collaborative study of honey bee and bumble bee genetics and history in California, through the Berkeley Initiative for Global Change Biology (http://globalchange.berkeley.edu).
Publications from previous research can be downloaded from: http://nature.berkeley.edu/tsutsuilab.
Applicants should have a strong background in one or more of the following areas: behavioral ecology, chemical ecology, population genetics, genomics, and functional genetics. Previous experience in insect biology is desirable, but not required. The salary range is between $39,264 - $46,092 commensurate with experience; generous benefits are included ( http://vspa.berkeley.edu/postdocs). The initial appointment will be for one year, with an opportunity for renewal. Applicants must have less than five years of post-doctoral service.
Applicants should submit, by October 7, 2013, a CV, a brief statement of research interests, copies of relevant publications and/or manuscripts, and contact information for two references. Application materials may be submitted by email or postal mail.
Dr. Neil D. Tsutsui
Department of Environmental Science, Policy, and Management
130 Mulford Hall, #3114
University of California, Berkeley
Berkeley, CA 94720-3114