This position is for research on evolution, development, symbiosis and insects. Specifically, the lab has funding for work on developmental events that guide insect-microbe interactions using parasitoid wasps as a study system: wasps that lay eggs in other insects and consume them during development. Several lineages of wasps have acquired associations with beneficial symbiotic viruses that are specifically produced in wasp reproductive tracts and are injected into host insects. There, they play vital roles in preventing hosts from mounting effective defenses against the developing parasitoid. The production of virus in wasps is very tightly timed and coincides with specific stages of wasp development. The lab is seeking an energetic postdoc with interests in some of these topics and a strong background in one or more of the following: developmental biology, evolutionary biology, genomics, or molecular genetics. The position is in the Entomology department at the University of Georgia and is available immediately but the start date is negotiable. Applications will be reviewed by July 15, 2018 and will continue to be accepted until the position is filled.
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