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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Barden Lab

Biological Sciences

Reports To:
Dr. Phillip Barden - Assistant Professor

Position Type:

Position Summary:
The Barden Lab (bardenlab.org) at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is soliciting applications for a one- to two-year salaried Postdoctoral Research Associate position focused on the evolution of social insects and comparative genomics. The position is linked to projects aimed at (1) understanding convergent trends in genome evolution across phylogenetically distant lineages and (2) integrating paleontological and molecular datasets to uncover evolutionary processes. In addition, there will be opportunities to develop independent projects as well as participate in ongoing lab initiatives including aspects of functional morphology, molecular evolution, phylogenetics, and ecology with respect to extant and fossil insects. Research in the lab is fundamentally comparative and incorporates data from multiple species simultaneously to answer broad evolutionary questions. Potential candidates are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Phil Barden to discuss potential projects and learn more (barden@njit.edu). Applications will be reviewed as they are received. The application period will be open until filled.

Essential Functions:
1. Generate, curate, and analyze genomic data from a variety of insect taxa. 2. Contribute to or lead lab publications, conference submissions, as well as grant proposals. 3. Act as a mentor to diverse and ambitious students in the lab, as well as collaborate effectively with colleagues and support staff. 4. Through mentorship and strategic planning with the PI, develop additional skills and experience valuable to long-term career goals.

Prerequisite Qualifications:
PhD in Biology or related field.

Preferred Qualifications:
Experience in wet lab protocols, bioinformatics, and genome assembly with non-model organisms.

Bargaining Unit:


Special Instructions to Applicants:
Cover letter, CV including contact information for three references, and writing sample (limited to one page, upload as “other document”).


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