Postdoctoral Associate - Soil Invertebrate Bioacoustics
This is a postdoctoral associate appointment in the Soil Arthropod Ecology Lab within the Department of Entomology, Cornell University, Cornell AgriTech, Geneva, NY 14456. For more about the lab visit us at http://blogs.cornell.edu/wickings/ or on Twitter @Cornell_SAEL
Anticipated start date for the position is Fall 2018/Spring 2019.
Soil dwelling arthropods are diverse, and their populations are distributed heterogeneously. Current methods for detecting and monitoring of soil arthropods are expensive and labor intensive for pest managers and scientists alike. The primary objective of this position will be to develop a method for using bioacoustic techniques for detecting soil-dwelling invertebrates and for distinguishing among acoustic signals generated by root-feeding pests, ecosystem engineers, and decomposers. The project will entail working in the field and lab with bioacoustics equipment to characterize acoustic signals from field populations and to establish laboratory soil arenas with distinct arthropod composition to evaluate how acoustic signals change under changing soil animal community structure. The candidate will work under the supervision of Kyle Wickings, Department of Entomology, and in collaboration with Johannes Lehmann, Cornell Soil and Crop Sciences, Holger Klink, Cornell Lab of Ornithology, and Greg McLaskey, Cornell Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering.
Ph.D. in entomology, ecology or related discipline. Experience working with invertebrates (preferably soil invertebrates) in field and laboratory settings. Demonstrated experience and strong publication record in entomology, ecology or related field.
Background and interest in bioacoustics, soil ecology, biogeochemistry, plant-insect interactions, and managed ecosystems is also desired. Candidates with experience applying bioacoustics techniques to characterize animal populations in natural system are strongly encouraged to apply.
This is a one year term appointment with possible extension for a second year dependent upon successful performance.
To apply for the position, forward a CV and list of three references to Kyle Wickings, firstname.lastname@example.org.