University of New Hampshire - The Rehan Lab

Wild Bee Behavior and Community Ecology Postdocs (2 positions)

The Rehan Lab is hiring 2 postdoctoral research associates to study behavioral and community ecology of wild bees. The Rehan lab is a collaborative group of more than 12 researchers, staff, and students focusing on bee behavior, ecology and evolution. We are located at the University of New Hampshire in the Department of Biological Sciences. The postdoctoral researchers will join a vibrant team of integrative biologists passionate about all things bee.

Behavioral Ecology Postdoc

This postdoc will examine nutritional ecology of wild bees to determine pollen preference and nutritional requirements of native pollinators. There is increasing evidence that bee health is mediated not only by the quantity, but also quality of food provided during development. This researcher will conduct field and lab experiments to determine optimal diets for bee nutrition and pollinator health. We are also interested in the effects of maternally provisioned diet and mother-offspring interactions on social behavior. We encourage the postdoc to develop research projects on the social evolution and behavioral ecology of wild bees.  

The successful candidate will have a PhD in a relevant area, and a strong background in behavioral ecology and evolution. Analytical and writing skills will need to be demonstrated with a history of first authored publications.

Community Ecology and Taxonomy Postdoc

This postdoc will develop taxonomic reference material and field guides for the wild bees of eastern North America. UNH is home of the Insect Collection of over 700,000 insect specimens and 20,000+ bees. We have databased this material and are actively working to develop status assessments of wild bees in the northeast as well as understanding habitat requirements and floral hosts using a mix of historic reference data and ongoing field surveillance. This researcher will help manage a field crew, analyze complex ecological data, write manuscripts and field guides, and engage in public outreach and educate events across New England.

The successful candidate will have a PhD in a relevant area, and a strong background in community ecology and bee taxonomy. Analytical and writing skills will need to be demonstrated and a background in GIS is highly desirable for this project.

The University of New Hampshire is an Equal Opportunity Employer and encourages applications from women and underrepresented groups. If interested, please send a CV, names of three references, and a short statement of interests to by December 20, 2017. Postdoctoral Fellowship positions are available for one year and renewable up to three years with successful progress and performance.