Post-Doctoral Research Associate – Ecology & Evolutionary Biology

University of Tennessee

The Budke Lab ( in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Tennessee is seeking a Post-Doctoral Research Associate for an NSF-funded project. The goal of this project is to investigate adaptations that regulate parent-offspring conflict in moss plants. The primary responsibilities of the postdoctoral researcher will be the laboratory-based generation of DNA sequence data using herbarium specimens followed by bioinformatic analysis to analyze the evolution of morphological structures involved in the parent-offspring conflict. Opportunities will also be available to develop novel research questions focusing on the functional morphology, physiology, and evolution of the parent-offspring conflict in mosses. Supervising and mentoring undergraduate researchers in both the laboratory and field will be required. An additional aim of this project is to build awareness of and appreciation for plants and botanical natural history collections. As part of the team the postdoc will engage middle school students in hands-on activities and develop a May-term course for undergraduate students at the University of Tennessee.

About The Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and the University of Tennessee

The Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology values the quality of life of all its members, and we are committed to recruiting and retaining a diverse community and to supporting the intercultural goals of the University. Knoxville is an exciting city that has undergone a vibrant civic revitalization over the past several years and is being recognized as one of the most exciting up-and-coming regions in the country, yet it remains one of the most affordable cities in the United States. Nestled in the foothills of the Great Smoky Mountains, Knoxville offers a broad spectrum of educational, recreational, and cultural opportunities.



· A PhD in biology, ecology and evolution, systematics, or a related field. This degree must be completed by September 2022.

· Research experience in molecular systematics and morphological evolution of plants, particularly using next-generation sequencing data.

· Proficiency using bioinformatic tools to infer phylogenetic trees and undertaking comparative analyses, with experience using R preferred.

· Motivation to engage with botanical outreach and education.

· A strong work ethic with the ability to work independently and as part of a team.

· Excellent verbal and written communication skills.

· The ability to bring projects to fruition as demonstrated by a strong record of publication in peer-reviewed journals.

· Experience with and a passion for seed-free plants and herbarium-based research is advantageous

If in doubt, apply: please do not self-select yourself out from what might be a mutually beneficial position.


Timeline and How to Apply

Review of applications will begin on 4 April 2022 and will continue until the position is filled. The preferred start date is June 2022 with the flexibility to extend the start date to September 2022. The initial appointment is for one year with funding available to extend up to three years, contingent on performance.

Please include the following items in a single document with the online application: (1) a cover letter (include expected completion date of PhD, if appropriate), (2) a CV, and (3) contact information for three references.

The starting salary for this position is $48,000/year with annual increases contingent on performance. Full benefits are included.

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