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Postdoctoral Scholar – Integrative Biology - Boots Lab

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Postdoctoral Scholar – Integrative Biology - Boots Lab - UC-Berkeley

A position for a theoretical postdoctoral scholar in disease ecology and evolution is available to join the Boots lab at Berkeley. Infectious diseases continue- to cause a major burden to human health, cause significant damage in agriculture and are ubiquitous in nature. Our lab is interested in understanding the evolution and ecology of infectious disease and applying this knowledge to their management and control. We develop ecological and evolutionary theory and test the theory in insect-virus model systems in the lab and the field. In addition, we apply ecological and evolutionary theory by building epidemiological models of human [tropical] disease, specific ecological models of disease in natural populations, and developing [evolutionarily] rational disease intervention and control strategies.

The position will focus on developing ecological and evolutionary models of infectious disease dynamics. The specific projects will be developed between the postdoctoral scholar, Boots and their collaborators Current projects include understanding the ecological implications and evolutionary drivers of multi-mode transmission dynamics in collaboration with Janis Antonovics at University of Virginia, including the integration of models with field data. Other current work in the lab includes the evolution of bee disease, the role of population structure and management practice in the evolution of infectious disease, evolutionarily rational disease intervention and the evolution of the microbiome.

Minimum/Basic Qualifications Required (At the time of application):
Candidates must have completed all degree requirements except the dissertation or be enrolled in an accredited Ph.D. or equivalent degree program in ecology, evolution or a related field

Additional Required Qualifications (By start date):
Ph.D. or equivalent in ecology evolution, or related field, with a track record of publication in peer- reviewed journals.

Preferred Qualifications (By start date):
Excellent writing and communication skills.

This position reports to Dr. Michael Boots. The initial appointment will be at 100% time for one year with the possibility of extension based on satisfactory performance and availability of funding. The approximate start date of this position will be August 2018.

Salary: $49,188– $59,736 depending on qualifications. This position provides full benefits.

To Apply:

Interested individuals should submit application documents as PDFs, which includes, an updated curriculum vitae (required), and names with contact information for at least 3-5 individuals who have agreed to provide a reference for this specific position (required) and a cover letter (required). (Letters of reference may be requested of the finalists).

Specific questions regarding the recruitment can be directed to Terri Leong, HR Partner,

This recruitment will remain open until filled.

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see:
The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work.

Job location

Berkeley, CA


Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)