Postdoctoral Position in Tephritid Chemical Ecology

USDA-ARS, Miami, Florida & Hilo, Hawaii


Application Deadline: November 1, 2018

Start date: November 2018 to March 2019

Duration: 1 yr, with potential for extension



Expertise and strong interest in one or more of the following fields is desirable: chemical ecology, microbial ecology, behavioral physiology, chemical analysis, electrophysiology, and application of behavior modifying chemicals in the field. Candidates must have a PhD degree in related fields and be proficient in spoken and written English.

US citizenship is not required.



We study chemical ecology of oriental fruit flies. Our goal is to investigate their symbiotic microbes, food, and host plants to identify the volatiles or volatile metabolites that elicit attraction from female oriental fruit flies. We are looking for one postdoctoral associate to work with (1) behavioral testing of microbes, host plants and food for female attraction, (2) the identification and isolation of attractant volatiles, and (3) development and field testing of prototype lures. There will be opportunities to develop independent and collaborative research.

The position is sponsored jointly by the USDA-ARS in Miami, Florida and Hilo, Hawaii. The successful candidate will be stationed at ARS-Hilo.



Starting $62,000/yr with health insurance and travel allowance.



Send a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names and email addresses of three references before November 1, 2018 to:

Dr. Dong Cha, US Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center, USDA-ARS, 64 Nowelo St., Hilo, HI 96720, USA. Email: Phone: 1-808-932-2115

Dr. Paul Kendra, Subtropical Horticulture Research Station, USDA-ARS, 13601 Old Cutler Rd., Miami, FL 33158, USA. Email: Phone: 1-786-573-7090


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