Wild Bee Behavioural Genomics and Molecular Ecology Positions (1 postdoc + 1 technician)
The Rehan Lab (www.rehanlab.com) is hiring 2 positions to study behavioural genomics and molecular ecology of wild bees. The Rehan lab is a collaborative group of researchers, staff, and students focusing on bee behaviour, ecology and evolution. We are located at York University in Toronto, Canada. The candidates will join a vibrant team of integrative biologists passionate about social evolution and wildlife conservation.
Behavioural Genomics Position
This position will examine nutritional ecology of wild bees to determine pollen preference and nutritional requirements of native pollinators. There is increasing evidence that bee health is mediated not only by the quantity, but also quality of food provided during development. This researcher will conduct field and lab experiments to determine optimal diets for bee nutrition and pollinator health. We are also interested in the effects of maternally provisioned diet and mother-offspring interactions on social behaviour. Weencourage the candidate to develop research projects on the social evolution and behavioural genomics of wild bees.
The successful candidate will have skills in a relevant area, and a strong background in behavioural ecology and evolution. Analytical and writing skills as well as familiarity with transcriptomic and genomic data is highly desirable.
Molecular Ecology and Population Genomics Position
This position will develop genomic reference material and environmental samples for the wild bees across eastern North America. We have a rich database of existing material and are actively working to develop robust dataset for wild bees in the northeast as well as understanding habitat requirements and floral hosts using a mix of metabarcoding, phylogenomics, historic reference data and ongoing field surveillance. This researcher will help manage a field crew, analyze complex genomic and ecological data, write manuscripts and engage in public outreach and education events across Toronto.
The successful candidate will have skills in a relevant area, and a strong background in molecular ecology and population genetics. Analytical and writing skills as well as familiarity with genomic data and bioinformatics is highly desirable.
York University is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and underrepresented groups. If interested, please send a CV, names of three references, and a short statement of interests to Sandra Rehan firstname.lastname@example.org by June 30, 2021. The Postdoctoral Research and Technician positions are available for two years (starting as soon as July 2021) and renewable up to three years with successful progress and performance.