Post-Doctoral Researcher

Drexel University

Deadline April 19, 2014
Date Posted March 25, 2014
Type Post-doc
Salary Commensurate with experience
Employment Type Full-time

Drexel is ranked one of the best national universities and an up-and-comer for 2011 by U.S. News & World Report.  The 16th largest private university in the nation, Drexel is made up of 10 colleges and 3 schools most of which serve both undergraduate and graduate students. With over 8,200 employees and over 22,000 students, Drexel University is the 5th largest private sector employer in Philadelphia. Like its students, Drexel's employees are known for being passionate, entrepreneurial and innovative people who work hard, have fun, and strive to make the University top of its class. Drexel offers a variety of educational and employment opportunities to students through study and internship programs in Europe, Asia and Latin America, and the co-operative education ("co-op") program. The only mandatory co-op in Pennsylvania and one of three in the United States, Drexel's program is among the nation's oldest, largest and most respected.


Position Title: Post-Doctoral Researcher


Job Overview: The O'Donnell lab at Drexel University seeks a Postdoctoral researcher to participate in and extend research projects in the lab. This is a two year position. Research topic is open depending on the interests and experience of the applicant, but applicants who interface well with ongoing research in the lab will be given strongest consideration. Current areas of research emphasis are: evolution and plasticity of brain architecture in social insects; evolution of sensory and brain investment in birds; and ecology and behavior of bird-army ant interactions. The lab combines bench work, Neotropical field research, and local field research.


The lab has its own histology and microscopy facilities, and access to a shared imaging facility in Drexel Biology (e.g., confocal microscopy) and to the Drexel engineering central research facility (e.g., scanning electron microscopy, micro-CT x-ray scanner).


To learn more about the lab, including other research activities, visit our web page at:



Ph.D. in related field (for example: animal behavior, ecology, evolution, organismal neuroscience) completed and awarded before 31 August 2014. Strong research and publication record in field of expertise.


Essential Functions:

The postdoctoral researcher will focus on collecting, analyzing, and publishing data both in the lab and in the field; meet regularly and work closely with the PI and other lab members to develop and carry out research programs; assist with lab organization and maintenance; and serve as a mentor to junior lab members (graduate and undergraduate students).


Supplementary Posting Information:

The University offers an attractive benefits package including tuition remission, a generous retirement package with matching funds (up to 11%) and an opportunity to join a talented team of professionals directly helping the University achieve its record growth and quality reputation.


Drexel University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and is proactively committed to diversity and inclusion in all of its policies, practices and services. 


We are especially interested in qualified candidates who can contribute to the varied diversity and excellence of the academic community, and all of its complements.


Background investigations are required for all new hires as a condition of employment, after the job offer is made. Employment will be contingent upon the University's acceptance of the results of the background investigation.


Please submit a cover letter of application, a statement of research experience and interests, and your curriculum vitae listing scientific publications by one month from the posting date.


To apply for this position, please apply online at:  or visit and search for Post-Doctoral Researcher. The requisition number is 5984.


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