POSTDOCTORAL POSITION in pectinid evolution

Iowa State University

A NSF-funded postdoctoral position in evolutionary biology is available in the laboratory of Dr. Jeanne Serb in the Department of Ecology, Evolution and Organismal Biology (EEOB) at Iowa State University ( The successful candidate will investigate the origin and evolution of complex traits in the scallop family Pectinidae, with an opportunity for additional collaborative research.

We are looking for an energetic and creative postdoc who is interested in systematics, biological diversity, and/or evolutionary developmental biology in molluscs.  Specific projects involve 1) construction of a multi-gene phylogeny for scallops to examine complex trait evolution, including swimming behavior and reproductive modes, 2) identifying correlations between morphology and behavior, and/or 3) discovery and characterization of genes involved in eye organogenesis.

Start date is flexible, between 1 September 2006 and 1 January 2007.  The position is for two years, contingent on performance.

Minimum Qualifications: Ph.D. in biological field, demonstrated expertise in phylogenetic analysis. 

Experience in PCR, RT-PCR, molecular cloning, and DNA sequencing is preferred.

Please contact Dr. Jeanne Serb ( to inquire about this position.  To apply, please email with the following information:

1.  CV, including publication list

2.  2-3 page description of research interests, experience, and future career goals.

3.  Names, addresses, and email addresses of three references familiar with your work.

Deadline:  First review of applications will begin 1 August 2006 and continue until the position is filled.

Note:  I will be at the American Malacological Society (AMS) meeting in Seattle and would like to meet any interested parties who will also be there.

Iowa State University is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity employer.  See for additional information.