Assistant Scientist, Lepidoptera – UF McGuire

Classification Title:

Assistant Scientist

Job Description:

The chosen applicant will work at the Florida Museum of Natural History’s McGuire Center in Gainesville, FL, USA. The selected applicant will need to be able to communicate well in verbal and written English and have the ability and desire to train students, prepare many tissue/extraction samples, and analyze genomic libraries for NGS, including insect transcriptomes and target capture approaches. The successful candidate will work closely to conduce research with a team of laboratory technicians, postdocs and students in the lab, along with US and international collaborators.

The FLMNH is also closely tied to the UF High-Performance Computing Center (HPC) and HiPerGator (, allowing for the chosen postdoc to utilize this rich computational resource. UF also has a state-of-the-art next-generation genome sequencing facility at the Interdisciplinary Center for Biotechnology Research (ICBR), the Florida State Collection of Arthropods (FSCA), and collections of the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity. The Kawahara Lab also has strong ties to UF’s the Department of Biology, Department of Entomology and Nematology, School of Natural Resources and Environment, Department of Wildlife Ecology and Conservation, School of Forest Resources and Conservation, and Department of Microbiology and Cell Science.

Advertised Salary:

Minimum salary $50,000.00, commensurate with education and experience.

Minimum Requirements:

A Ph.D. in molecular evolution, phylogenetics, genomics, systematics, or related field. Experience analyzing Next Generation Sequencing data, computer programming/scripting in Perl/Python or other language. Candidates with background experience in functional/comparative genomics, genome annotation, and/or phylogenomics will be highly considered. Postdoc experience highly recommended. An interest in insect evolution and some teaching/lab management experience is desired.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

To ensure full consideration please email the following to Akito Kawahara at by December 20, 2016: 1) your updated CV, 2) letters of references from 3 mentors, and 4) a cover letter describing your previous research and training, your qualifications for the position as detailed in this advertisement. Applications will be reviewed starting on January 3, 2017.

Specify in the email subject line: “Research Scientist KawaharaLab”

A lab website can be found at:


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