Postdoctoral Fellow in Behavioral Genomics and Evolution

Posted on January 4, 2022
Expires: February 02, 2022

Postdoctoral Fellow in Behavioral Genomics and Evolution at The University of Arkansas

The Westerman Lab at the University of Arkansas is seeking a creative and motivated Postdoctoral Fellow to investigate the genetics and neurogenomics of mate preference plasticity in butterflies, to begin as soon as late Spring/Early Summer 2022. The Westerman Lab studies mechanisms underlying behavioral diversity and plasticity, with a focus on sensory system development and visual learning in butterflies. Current research topics include the role of genetics and social environment in mate preference development, behavioral and developmental plasticity, and sensory biases. The lab is an integrative animal behavior group, and integrates a wide range of techniques, including, but not limited to, genomics, transcriptomics, gene editing, controlled laboratory experiments, electrophysiology, and field ecology. Research incorporates both tropical butterflies and those native to Northwestern Arkansas, and takes advantage of multiple species-rich field sites within a 30-minute drive of campus. For more information, please visit the lab website at


The successful candidate will be expected to work in close collaboration with Dr. Westerman on a gene editing and comparative behavioral genomics project identifying the neurogenomics underlying visual mate preference learning, as well as to develop an independent research project within the scope of the lab. In addition, the successful candidate will be expected to collaborate with fellow lab members, and will have the opportunity to mentor undergraduate and graduate students. Dr. Westerman has collaborations within the Biology Department, as well as with faculty in both the Entomology and Plant Pathology Department and the Physics Department at UARK, and is part of a university-wide UA Integrative Systems Neuroscience group ( Postdocs in the lab will have the opportunity to work across discipline, and will be encouraged to initiate and develop innovative collaborative projects.


This technically integrative lab embraces creative approaches to studying animal behavior. Candidates with a strong background in genomics, gene editing, neurobiology, and development are particularly encouraged to apply.


Funding is currently available to support this position for two years, with the possibility for extension depending on funding and project progress.


Minimum Qualifications:


  • D. in biological sciences or a related field conferred by the start of employment
  • Demonstrated expertise in genomics, bioinformatics, gene editing, neurobiology, or developmental biology techniques
  • Experience with either multivariate statistics or statistical analysis of genomic data
  • Demonstrated evidence of excellent writing skills


Preferred Qualifications:


  • Experience using CRISPR/Cas9
  • Experience in animal behavior experimental design
  • Experience in live animal husbandry
  • Experience in microscopy


For a complete position announcement and information regarding how to apply, visit:—12-MONTH_R0008203


Applicants must submit a cover letter/letter of application, curriculum vitae, and a two-page description of research accomplishments and future plans uploaded to the ‘Other Document’ link. A list of three professional references (name, title, email address, and contact number) willing to provide letters of reference will be requested during the application process.


Applications received by February 3rd, 2022 will be given priority, though the position will remain open until filled.


For more information, please contact:


Dr. Erica Westerman

Assistant Professor

Department of Biological Sciences

University of Arkansas


The University of Arkansas is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution. The university welcomes applications without regard to age, race/color, gender including pregnancy), national origin, disability, religion, marital or parental status, protected veteran status, military service, genetic information, sexual orientation or gender identity.  Persons must have proof of legal authority to work in the United States on the first day of employment. All applicant information is subject to public disclosure under the Arkansas Freedom of Information Act.

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