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Postdoctoral Scholar Research Associate in Plant-Pollinators Interactions

Penn State
Job Location:
University Park, Pennsylvania

Job Number: REQ_0000016193


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Penn State's Department of Entomology and Center for Pollinator Research within the College of Agricultural Sciences, is seeking a post-doctoral scholar research associate to study the behavioral ecology and evolution of plant-pollinator interactions. The candidate will work with an international team to study the foraging preferences of three bee species (honey bees, orchard bees, and leafcutting bees), and how these foraging preferences are shaped by competitive interactions and influence selection of plant traits. The positions are part of a Human Frontier Science Program (HFSP)-funded project involving the laboratories of Christina Grozinger (The Pennsylvania State University, USA), Benjamin Risse (Münster University, Germany) and Adrien Sicard (Swedish University of Agricultural Sciences (SLU), Uppsala, Sweden). The project aims to use an innovative approach combining ecological genetics, computer vision and pollinator behavioral ecology to identify the mechanisms mediating plant-pollinator networks in generalist pollination systems. Frequent research exchanges will support collaboration among the three universities.

Minimum qualifications:

  • Ph.D. in ecology, entomology, animal behavior, or related field
  • Experience in research of pollinator-plant interactions in field settings.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with bee identification and taxonomy
  • Familiarity with biology, behavior, and management of honey bees, orchard bees, and/or leafcutting bees
  • Familiarity with insect or plant genetics
  • Demonstrated ability to work effectively both independently and with diverse teams of researchers.
  • Demonstrated ability to successfully and efficiently complete research projects and write peer-reviewed manuscripts.

Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate in an appropriate field and be able to provide evidence that all requirements have been met for completion of the Ph.D. prior to the effective date of hire. This is a limited term appointment, funded for one one-year from date of hire, with excellent possibility of renewal.

This position requires the following clearances: PA State Police Criminal Background check, PA Child Abuse History Clearance Form, and Federal (FBI) Fingerprint Criminal Background Check. It also requires that you operate a motor vehicle as a part of your job duties. A valid US driver's license and successful completion of a motor vehicle records check will be required in addition to standard background checks.

The position will be at the University Park campus of Penn State, within the town of State College. The 13-square-mile campus is home to more than 46,000 graduate, professional, and undergraduate students and more than 12,000 full time employees (faculty and staff). University Park is pedestrian and bike-friendly and features a mix of historic classroom buildings, modern architecture, and beautiful landscaping, including the Arboretum at Penn State which includes a 4+ acre Pollinator and Bird Garden. State College is a quintessential college town with a diverse population that offers residents many of the amenities of a larger urban environment, including a vibrant athletics program and performing arts community. State College is surrounded by multiple state parks which provide ample opportunity for outdoor recreation, and is within a few hours' drive of New York, Washington, Philadelphia, Baltimore and Pittsburgh. State College is consistently ranked among the nation's most livable cities. Additional information can be found at the Penn State Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (

Interested candidates should include a letter of interest, a resume, and contact information for 2-3 professional references. Review of applications will begin August 1, 2021, but applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Preferred start date: January 1, 2022. Questions about the position should be directed to Dr. Christina Grozinger, email

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