The Erickson lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Richmond seeks to hire a full-time postbaccalaureate lab manager as part of an NIH-funded project to study rapid adaptation in an introduced species of insect, the African Fig Fly (Zaprionus indianus). The project aims to characterize genetic and phenotypic evolution across North American populations following introduction to new environments. The work will integrate field studies, next generation sequencing, population genetics, and laboratory studies of ecologically relevant traits. The position will consist of roughly 75% research functions (field collections, laboratory experiments to measure fitness-related phenotypes, data analysis, bioinformatic analysis) and 25% lab manager duties (maintaining fly stocks, making fly food, ordering, and other routine lab maintenance). The position will require traveling to orchards in Virginia and out-of-state to conduct field collections of wild fruit flies; applicants should be comfortable working outdoors as well as in the lab. The anticipated start date is as soon as possible, possibly before the end of July, but later dates are also possible.
Both the Erickson Lab and Department of Biology value diversity, and the lab is a welcoming and inclusive place to work. We encourage applications from those who identify with groups historically underrepresented in STEM.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter outlining their qualifications and interest in the position and a CV/resume to perickso[at]richmond[dot]edu with the subject line “Postbac Application”. Review of applications will begin 6/27/2022. Address any questions to Dr. Erickson at the email above.
A BS/BA in Biology or a related science, previous research experience (which may include field work, lab work and/or bioinformatics), interest in evolutionary genetics, strong communication skills, excellent organization skills, a willingness to work with undergraduate researchers and a pleasant attitude are all requirements. Experience with Drosophila husbandry and/or working with next generation sequencing data is favorable but not required. The position includes university benefits including health insurance. While a small amount of remote work may be possible, this position will generally require full-time work on campus at UR. This position is ideal for a candidate looking to gain more research experience before applying to a graduate program. The position has the possibility to be renewed for up to three years.