Postdoctoral Scholar

Updated: about 10 hours ago
Location: University Park, ILLINOIS


The Hughes Lab is seeking a postdoctoral research to work on ant behavior and fungal parasites that affect ant behavior to enable transmission (parasite extended phenotypes). The position is available in the Center for Infectious Disease Dynamics (, The Pennsylvania State University, University Park Campus. The goal of the study is to measure changes in the fungal colony inside the ant and we will prepare samples for Serial Block Face SEM, transcriptomics and metabolomics. We are seeking a person who has experience experience with transcriptomics and/or metabolomics. The work requires injecting ants with fungal inocula so experience using standard techniques in microinjection is a plus. as is experience with fungal culturing and handling insects. The job also requires field work in South Carolina and Brazil. Candidates should have extremely strong organizational, written, and oral communication skills; and be able to work both independently and as part of a collaborative team. Conceptually, individuals with a strong understanding of extended phenotypes will be favored. For further information, please feel free to contact Dr Hughes (; +1 814- 863-6073). Interested applicants should upload a curriculum vitae, a 1-2 page statement of research interests that explicitly describes professional qualifications for this position, and contact information for three referees. Review of applicants is ongoing and the position will begin when a suitable candidate is selected. This is a fixed-term appointment funded for one year from the date of hire with good possibility of re-funding. This work is funded thorough an NIH R01 program Modeling social behaviors and NSF IOS Symbiosis and Self Defense grant. The candidate may be appointed to one or both grants, depending on the work performed.

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