Summary of Duties: The Watts laboratory in the School of Biological Sciences at Washington State University (WSU) seeks to hire a highly motivated postdoctoral research associate. This is an NSF-funded position to investigate the role of social cues in migratory timing and the endocrine mechanisms involved in transducing these cues. The project is being conducted in collaboration with Jamie Cornelius. The position will be based at the WSU campus in Pullman, WA, USA. The postdoc will conduct some fieldwork (which may require extended trips to remote field sites), but the research will be primarily laboratory based, making use of experimental manipulations of captive birds. Work will involve field collection of birds (pine siskins and red crossbills), carrying out experiments, analyzing data, writing manuscripts, presenting findings at professional conferences, and co-supervising project personnel (including mentoring of undergraduate students). The overarching project includes both behavioral and endocrine components, and there will be some flexibility to tailor research activities and other aspects of professional development to the experience, interests, and goals of the postdoc, as well as the opportunity for the postdoc to develop related, independent avenues of research. The position is available as early as summer 2019.
Required Qualifications: Ph.D. in Biology or other relevant field
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