Postdoctoral Researcher – Neuroptera Anatomical Ontology

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The University of California, Davis & the California State Collection of Arthropods are advertising a two year post-doctoral position in insect systematics and ontology development. The position is open more broadly now to PhD graduates in insect systematics as well as computer science. We are looking for someone with demonstrated interest and skills in insect systematics with some computer programming. Apologies for the cross-posting and please feel free to re-post and distribute more widely. The position is anticipated to start as soon as possible in 2014.

Postdoctoral Researcher – Neuroptera Anatomical Ontology (NAO)

University of California, Davis & the California State Collection of Arthropods 

The UC Davis Department of Entomology & Nematology, and the California State Collection of Arthropods invites applications for a post-doctoral scholar to help develop and curate the Neuroptera Anatomy Ontology and to design research that tests the utility of semantic approaches to phenotype description. The successful applicant will work on morphological imaging and the application of ontologies to facilitate the dissemination of phenotype data, as well as matching of the NAO with other arthropod ontologies. 

Required Qualifications: 

1.     Applicants must have a PhD in either A) Computer Science with a demonstrated interest in insect morphology or systematics, or, B) Insect Systematics with demonstrated computer-programming skills.

2.     Excellent written and oral communication skills.

3.     Strong interest in semantic reasoning, ontology development and standardization of anatomical terminology

Preferred Qualifications:

4.     Familiarity with genomics, phylogenetics and bioinformatics.

5.     Familiarity with insect taxonomy, morphology, and evolution.

 This is a collaborative National Science Foundation (NSF) project on green lacewing (Chrysopidae) evolution and development of an anatomical ontology for Neuroptera (NAO). The successful applicant will work in the Winterton lab at the California State Collection of Arthropods (Sacramento, California), but will also be expected to work in close collaboration with project participants at the University of Kansas (Engel lab) as well as with collaborators at the Illinois Natural History Survey and Pennsylvania State University. There will be opportunities to travel to work with collaborators and present at international conferences.

Interested individuals should e-mail a cover letter, CV, and the contact information for three references (including major professor) to We encourage applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds. Review of applications will begin immediately with the preferred starting date of January 1st, 2014 or shortly thereafter. Appointment is for two years full time. Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University policies. The position comes with standard University of California, Davis benefits for postdoctoral researchers. More details can be found at the follow link:


Dr Shaun L Winterton

California State Collection of Arthropods,
California Department of Food & Agriculture,
3294 Meadowview Rd. Sacramento, California,
USA 95832-1148
phone: +1 916 262 1166; mobile: +1 916 599 0810


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