Systematics of Neotropical Butterflies at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity, Florida Museum of Natural History

Postdoctoral Researcher position at the McGuire Center for Lepidoptera, Florida Museum of Natural History, University of Florida

Funded by the National Science Foundation

“Systematics and evolution of the butterfly subtribe Euptychiina

A Postdoctoral Researcher position is available at the Florida Museum of Natural History's McGuire Center for Lepidoptera and Biodiversity (MGCL). The postdoc will form an integral part of the team working on the NSF-funded project "ARTS: Phylogeny and systematic revision of the diverse and cryptic Euptychiina (Lepidoptera, Nymphalidae, Satyrinae)". This project will build phylogenies using Next-Gen sequencing, traditional molecular data, and morphology, and revise the species- and genus-level systematics of the nymphalid subtribe Euptychiina. Containing more than 400 species, this subtribe represents one of the most diverse radiations of butterflies in Neotropical lowland forests and grasslands.

The successful candidate will be responsible for coordinating research on the higher-level phylogeny of Euptychiina for c. 200 species from 40 genera, in collaboration with researchers in Europe and South America. The postdoc will integrate data sources to infer the phylogeny and revise the generic classification of the subtribe. The postdoc will also have excellent opportunities to apply phylogenetic results in the fields of biogeography, evolutionary ecology and conservation.

The postdoc will be expected to contribute to relevant curatorial activities at the MGCL, help design, develop and maintain a project website, broadly disseminate news and project results, supervise and mentor students working on the project, and contribute where appropriate to relevant courses taught by the PIs at UF. The University of Florida is an R1 research institution and this position will provide many opportunities for the chosen candidate to interact with faculty, postdocs and students conducting similar research. The postdoc may also contribute to the design of exhibit components highlighting project research, assist during public tours of the museum and present research at public events staged by the museum.

The ideal candidate should be highly motivated and have a proven record of conducting phylogenetic and taxonomic research using molecular and morphological data. Experience with Next-Gen sequencing approaches and bioinformatics is preferable. The candidate should also show desire to apply phylogenetic, ecological and distribution data to address broader questions in evolution and biogeography. Familiarity with the geography of the Neotropical region, an interest in tropical ecosystems and experience with curating insect collections would also be favorable.

The position is available for two years from January 2014, with a somewhat flexible start-date, and includes a starting salary of $45,000 plus benefits, with potential funding for field trips to South America and visits to international and/or national conferences.

Applicants should submit the following:

1. Curriculum vitae.

2. A letter of interest describing past and current research and fieldwork experience and long-term career goals.

3. Up to four pieces of work showing evidence of high-quality research, including scientific articles, thesis or dissertation, book or book chapter, or other relevant material that supports the application.

4. Contact details of three professional referees qualified to comment on your academic and personal strengths.

Submit application materials to Keith Willmott ( by September 15th, 2013. For questions regarding this position please contact Keith Willmott at the above e-mail address.