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Postdoctoral Researcher - ANS Academy of Natural Sciences - Ornithology

Drexel University
Pennsylvania, United States
Salary Not Specified
Posted Date
Apr 25, 2022

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Position Type
Faculty Positions, Science, Technology & Mathematics, Biology & Life Sciences, Biotechnology & Bioengineering, Other Science & Technology, Administrative, Academic Affairs, Institutional Research & Planning, Research Administration
Employment Type
Full Time
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About Drexel

Drexel is one of Philadelphia's top 10 private employers, a comprehensive global research university and a major engine for economic development in the region. With over 24,000 students, Drexel is one of America's 15 largest private universities. Drexel has committed to being the nation’s most civically engaged university, with community partnerships integrated into every aspect of service and academics.

Job Summary

The Postdoctoral researcher will lead an NSF funded research project focusing on phylogenomics, global community assembly patterns, and morphology of the Accipiter complex. The postdoc may also work on other projects. The position involves both active field collecting of bird and associated parasite specimens and analysis of DNA sequence data to reconstruct the evolutionary history of birds and parasites.

Essential Functions
  • Collecting, analyzing, and publishing data from next generation (illumina sequencing) of diurnal birds of prey
  • Traveling to museums both domestic and abroad to collect morphometric data from museum specimens based on the needs of the NSF funded project
  • Presenting research results at scientific meetings
  • Meeting regularly and working closely with lab members to develop and carry out research
  • Mentoring graduate, undergraduate, and high school students
Required Qualifications
  • PhD or Doctorate
  • 1 year related experience
Other requirements

Previous experience analyzing sequence data from diurnal birds of prey, particularly data from highly degraded samples and integration of legacy markers with next generation sequencing data is required. Experience with next-generation computational pipelines and tools including R, Perl, etc. is required. Previous experience collecting morphometric data from museum specimens is preferred. This project will require multiple month long trips, including to international locations. Must have interest in natural history and evolutionary biology. Must be detailed oriented and organized.

Physical Demands

Typically sitting at a desk/table/standing/walking

Lifting less than our equal to 25lbs


Center City – Philadelphia, PA

Additional Information

This position is classified as exempt with a salary grade of I. For more information regarding Drexel’s Professional Staff salary structure,

Special Instructions to the Applicant

Please make sure you upload your resume and cover letter when submitting your application.

Review of applications will begin once a suitable candidate pool is identified.

Advertised:Apr 25 2022 Eastern Daylight Time
Applications close:May 25 2022 Eastern Daylight Time

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