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  • Postdoctoral Researcher (Ornithology)

    • Employer: Louisiana State University
      Location: Baton Rouge, Louisiana
      Country: United States
      Last Date to Apply: 06/14/2020
      Open Until Filled: No

    Candidate will conduct research in coordination with one or more of the ornithology curators. The candidate will also be responsible for helping with the laboratory supervision of graduate and undergraduate research assistants and management of the Museum molecular genetics core facility. Candidate will also help with minor curatorial tasks when and if needed. Ongoing projects in the lab include systematics and population genetics studies of birds.

    Job Description:

    70% Research: Conduct active lab research on a semi-independent basis. To prepare and publish scientific manuscripts under the direction of Dr. Nicholas A. Mason and collaborators. To attend, contribute, and where necessary lead relevant meetings. To take the responsibility for planning and developing research methods and techniques within the framework of the research program. Bring new expertise to the research program. To undertake any other duties relevant to the program of research, including field work. To collaborate with research colleagues and support staff internally as appropriate to the research and to actively develop appropriate external contacts and networks relevant to the project and to future funding opportunities. This postdoctoral position is expected to be part of the Museum's vibrant academic community, attending seminars, participating in journal clubs, etc.

    20% Service, training, and mentorship: Responsible for helping with the laboratory supervision and training of graduate, undergraduate, and high school research assistants, and management of the Museum's shared molecular genetics facility. Ongoing projects in the lab include studies of systematics, comparative and population genomics, trait evolution, and ecotoxicology of birds. Assist in establish and enforcing lab rules and regulations, and orient new staff/students at beginning of each semester. Attend regular meetings with the research team and investigators as required. Work with external collaborators as agreed with the lead investigators.

    10% Curatorial: Assist bird curators as needed in the upkeep and growth of the ornithology collection at LSUMNS. Curatorial responsibilities may include but are not limited to digitization and upkeep of digital records, reorganizing physical specimens and curatorial equipment, collecting and preparing new specimens, training new undergraduate and graduate students in specimen preparation.

    Minimal Qualifications:

    Ph.D. in Ecology, Evolution or related discipline; Experience in molecular methods, evolutionary biology, and computational biology; strong publication record; ability to manage an active laboratory; experience in collecting, preparing, and curating avian specimens.

    Additional Information:

    Applicants should provide a CV, three letters of recommendation, and a research statement . Letters of recommendation should be emailed to Dr. Nicholas Mason at mason@lsu.edu.

    The Postdoctoral Researcher appointment will be a one-year appointment with the option to extend for a second year. The maximum appointment will not exceed two years.

    Background Check - An offer of employment is contingent on a satisfactory pre-employment background check. Benefits - LSU offers outstanding benefits to eligible employees and their dependents including health, life, dental, and vision insurance; flexible spending accounts; retirement options; various leave options; paid holidays; wellness benefits; tuition exemption for qualified positions; training and development opportunities; employee discounts; and more!

    LSU is committed to diversity and is an equal opportunity / equal access employer.

    Questions or concerns can be directed to the LSU Human Resources Management Office at 225-578-8200 or emailed HR@lsu.edu

    Submit applications on the LSU Career Site: https://lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU/job/0120A-MJ-Foster-Hall/Postdoctoral-Researcher_R00046270

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