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Assistant Research Scientist

School of Life Sciences
Tempe, Arizona
$56,000 - $68,000 per year
Date posted
Sep 21, 2023

Dr. Timothy Linksvayer, from the School of Life Sciences (SOLS) at Arizona State University (ASU) invites applications for an Assistant Research Scientist to complete ongoing comparative genomic and quantitative genomic studies of social complexity in ants. The Assistant Research Scientist will independently analyze, and write-up for publication comparative genomic and transcriptomic analyses that are part of ongoing projects in the Linksvayer lab.

This is a full-time fiscal year (12 months), benefits-eligible appointment for one year. The anticipated start date is Fall, 2023. 

About Arizona State University

 ASU is a large, comprehensive, research university that for two decades has transformed into the “New American University,” one dedicated to the simultaneous pursuit of excellence, broad access to quality education, and meaningful societal impact. By our Charter and Design Aspirations, we center inclusion and success as values that drive the enterprise; adopt inter- and transdisciplinary approaches to teaching and learning as ways to address society’s greatest challenges; and develop innovative partnerships to produce master learners across the lifespan. To learn more about ASU, visit

Minimum qualifications:

  • A PhD in Biology, Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, or related areas at time of the appointment Demonstrated experience in conducting and publishing research in high throughput transcriptomic and comparative genomic analyses Demonstrated experience in DNA and RNA extraction and basic wet lab skills Demonstrated commitment to working with faculty, staff, students and communities to  advance the principles of the ASU Charter

Desired qualifications:

  • Interest in studying the evolution traits related to social complexity in social insects Demonstrated capacity for independence and innovation, as well as the ability to work as part of a team Experience with using the software package HyPhy including the use of RELAX, BUSTED, and aBSREL Experience with using the software package RERconverge Experience with GWAS software, e.g., GEMMA Experience in preparing RNA and DNA sequencing libraries

Application Instructions:

To apply for this position, please visit Applicants must submit the following materials:

1. Curriculum vitae or resume

2. Statement outlining research experience, professional trajectory, and fit for the position (2 pages maximum).

3. Names and contact information for three references who may be contacted a later stage of consideration

The initial deadline for receipt of complete applications is November 4, 2023; applications will be reviewed weekly thereafter until the search is closed. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

Please contact Dr. Timothy Linksvayer ( to inquire about the position.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. ASU’s full nondiscrimination statement (ACD 401) is located on the ASU website at and

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