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POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW at Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh

A 1-year NSF Funded Postdoctoral Fellow position is available immediately in the Section of Invertebrate Zoology at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh, PA. Specific details of the position, and instructions on how to apply, are listed in the announcement below. The initial review of applications is scheduled to begin on June 25th, but will be continued to accept applications until the position is filled.

POSTDOCTORAL FELLOW at Carnegie Museum of Natural History, Pittsburgh 

A one-year NSF-funded postdoctoral fellowship is available immediately and provides taxonomic, systematic, and curatorial training in entomology at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA. We are seeking a highly motivated, well organized, and creative individual to conduct original systematic research on a targeted insect lineage, so as to enable imaging and data capture as specified by our NSF-funded project. The individual will work directly with one or more curators in the Section of Invertebrate Zoology, who will serve as supervisors and mentors throughout the term of the fellowship.

  • Fellowship Term.— The fellowship period is for one (1) year, starting on July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016.
  • Eligibility.— Candidate must possess a doctoral degree (or international equivalent) in entomology or a related field and must be able to conduct original research that will lead to the advancement of scientific knowledge at the Carnegie Museum of Natural History. Research interests should focus on collection-based, field-oriented studies in systematics that will have broad applications and impacts in theory, conservation, evolution, and/or biogeography. The candidate must have a publication record in international journals demonstrating her/his adequacy for the position offered. Applicants must be U.S. citizens (or nationals) or permanent residents of the United States (with green card).
  • Knowledge, Skills, Abilities.— The candidate must have prior graduate training in entomology with an emphasis on lineages that are well-represented but under-worked in the CMNH collection,including Siphonaptera, Mecoptera, Odonata, Hymenoptera, Heteroptera, and others (less emphasis on Coleoptera, Lepidoptera, Diptera, and Homoptera). The capacity to talk with and engage public audiences about her/his research while participating in public events at the museum is highly encouraged, as is participation as a lecturer in museum-sponsored scientific seminars.The appropriate skills, experience, and education of the Fellow will be determined by the curators,with emphasis placed on a postdoctoral program to train early career Ph.D. scientists, helping them to acquire scientific training under the tutelage of Carnegie curators to further their academic and/or research careers.
  • Funding.— The fellow will receive an annual salary of $38,000, plus fringe benefits. Funding is provided by the InvertNet Project (, which is a project funded through the NSFAdvancing Digitization of Biological Collections (ADBC) program and nationally coordinated by the iDigBio Team (

A review of applications will begin on June 25th but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. The start date planned for this position is July 1, 2015. Applications should be completed online at (search for “Postdoctoral” and select Requisition ID #1020). Then create a profile and follow the on-screen instructions. The following items should be submitted as part of the application: 1) a CV, 2) a short statement of research interests, and 3) names and contact information for three references familiar with the candidate and his/her research. Questions about the position should be directed to either James Fetzner (FetznerJ@CarnegieMNH.Org), John Rawlins (RawlinsJ@CarnegieMNH.Org), or Bob Davidson (DavidsonR@CarnegieMNH.Org).


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