OPEN POSITION:
Entomological Taxonomist and Research Associate Improving our understanding of the elevational biodiversity gradient of Rocky Mountain National Park: arthropod diversity and conservation. The position will be based in the lab of Dr. Christy McCain at the University of Colorado at Boulder in the Dept. of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology and the CU Museum. The focus of the position is to identify insects collected from pitfall traps at 16 sites along two elevational gradients in the Colorado Front Range, including from Rocky Mountain National Park. The taxonomic groups of most interest include coleopterans, dipterans, bees & wasps, and potentially spiders. Ants, grasshoppers, and carrion beetles have already been identified or are in the process of identified. There are also substantial comparative collections and valuable expertise at the CU Museum, at Colorado State University, and at Denver Museum of Nature & Science. The identifications will be used to document elevational diversity patterns, and comparisons between national park protection and similar elevations outside the park.

Requirements:
* At least an MA degree in Biology or Entomology, although we will consider a BA/BS if substantial identification experience is demonstrated
*Extensive experience in identification of coleopterans and other insect taxa
*Experience with entomological specimen preparation for scientific collections
*Demonstrated proficiency in detail-oriented research, and conscientious application of scientific methods.

The project has a set of specific research foci, but there will be opportunity for collaboration on scientific publications related to the project. The position is full-time for 10 months with a total salary of $33,000 with full benefits (part-time extended over a longer time period could also be considered). Please send a letter of interest, CV, and 3 references to Christy McCain at christy.mccain@colorado.edu.
Application Deadline: Review of applicants will begin on March 1 and will continue until the post is filled. Preferred start date is May 1, 2015.

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