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Postdoctoral Scholar, Biology

University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, Nevada, US
Closing date
Oct 7, 2022

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Biology, Climate Change
Salary Type
Employment Type
Full time
The Forister lab within the Department of Biology at the University of Nevada, Reno (UNR), seeks applicants for a Postdoctoral position to take a leading role in a project assessing the value for butterfly conservation of protected lands embedded in a complex and productive agricultural region. In collaboration with the US Fish and Wildlife Service, ten National Wildlife Refuges in California and Nevada will be surveyed for butterfly diversity and plant samples will be studied for pesticide contamination. Monitoring protocols will be developed that contribute to our long-term knowledge of butterflies responding to stressors that include habitat loss, pesticide accumulation, and climate change.

The person filling this position will spend approximately 4 months per year in the field, traveling between Reno, Nevada, and field sites in Northern California. The rest of the year will be spent in Reno interacting with faculty, students, and other postdocs at UNR. The successful candidate will have field experience and will be willing to work independently and in sometimes challenging outdoor conditions, and will have a record of publishing in peer-reviewed literature. Previous work with pesticides is not required (pesticide assays will be outsourced), and previous work with butterflies or other insects is helpful but not required.

The postdoctoral position comes with considerable flexibility in the design of collections, and latitude for the creation of additional projects relevant to insects in anthropogenic spaces. Of particular interest are dispersal among remnant habitat patches, use of exotic larval hosts, and exposure to pesticide mixtures. The Forister lab is part of North America's longest-running butterfly observational study ( and the postdoctoral researcher will have access to collaborative projects involving historical butterfly data.

Required Qualifications
Ph.D. in Ecology or related field by time of appointment. Degree must have been received in the last five years.

Compensation Grade
Postdoctoral Scholar

To view the salary schedule for this position, please visit: Salary Schedules. Salary is competitive and commensurate with related education and experience.

Total Compensation

The total compensation package includes a competitive salary, a rich retirement plan, health insurance options that include dental and vision, life insurance, long-term disability, annual and sick leave, along with many other benefits. For more information, please visit: UNR Benefits

Faculty Dual Career Assistance Program

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes the importance of addressing dual-career couples' professional needs. We offer a dual career assistance program to newly hired faculty spouses/partners that provides resources and assists them to identify career opportunities in Northern Nevada. Dual Career Assistance Program

Contact Information: Beth Jacobsen at (see application details) or (see application details)

Full-Time Equivalent
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Posting Close Date
This posting will close at 12:00 am on November 1, 2022. The posting will no longer be available to apply to after 11:59 pm the day prior. Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. The review of applications will begin September 1, 2022.

Posting Close Date

Note to Applicant

A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member's first day of employment.

References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.

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For positions that require driving, evidence of a valid driver's license will be required at the time of employment and as a condition of continued employment.

Schedules are subject to change based on organizational needs.

University of Nevada, Reno

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