A 3 year full time postdoctoral position is available starting 1 January 2018 in the research group of Professor Jeremy Field, based in the Centre for Ecology & Conservation, University of Exeter, Cornwall Campus, UK. The successful applicant will work on a project investigating the evolution of queen-worker caste differences and social behaviour in sweat bees (Halictidae: Lasioglossum, Halictus). A 4th year of funding may be available, depending on the needs of the project.

The post will include work carrying out field transplants, behavioural observations and experiments, together with transcriptomic work relating behaviour to gene expression (see Field et al. 2010 Current Biology 20:2028-31 for an example of our behavioural work). The successful applicant will have relevant experience in evolutionary or behavioural ecology and/or transcriptomics with non-model organisms.

The closing date for completed applications is midnight on 8th October 2017. Interviews are expected to take place during 26-31 October 2017.

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For further information please contact Professor Jeremy Field, e-mail or telephone (01326 253770)

Interviews are expected to take place during 26-31 October 2017.

We welcome applications from candidates interested in working part-time hours or job-sharing arrangements.


The University of Exeter is an equal opportunity employer.  We are officially recognised as a Disability Confident employer and an Athena Swan accredited institution.  Whilst all applicants will be judged on merit alone, we particularly welcome applications from groups currently underrepresented in the workforce

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