In collaboration with Noah Fierer at the University of Colorado, Boulder we are looking to hire a research technician (Masters or PhD level) to work on a global forensic project. In this project we seek to understand whether insect DNA in dust can be used to identify the geographic origin of the dust (such as that found at crime scenes). We are working with dust from sixty countries and over the next year will be working to figure out both what is possible and what best practices might look like. The hope is both to use the insect e-DNA in and of itself (using approaches like this; https://arxiv.org/abs/1905.11765) but also to combine the DNA with existing knowledge of insect biogeography to make inferences beyond what is possible from the e-DNA. The project, contingent the applicant’s interests, could zoom in on a particular insect group (e.g., ants or flies).
The position starts ASAP. The person would be based in Raleigh with some potential trips to museums in Europe and a handful of trips for collaborator meetings. The position is one year.
As a research associate, this position will carry out the following essential job duties (but not limited to):
- Attending DOD relative project meetings with collaborators at Battelle and the University of Colorado. Representing the project at such meetings and prepare brief summaries of those meetings.
- Working with entomologists to identify resources that allow insights from field collections of insect DNA to be combined with existing knowledge based on museum collection.
- Visiting key museums and other collections to facilitate data sharing and understand data limitations with regard to museum collections.
- Writing scientific papers about the use of insect DNA in forensics (in light of existing, but not yet sequenced samples from 40 countries).
- Preparing reports about progress on work and coordinate with collaborating labs at the University of Colorado and Battelle.For More Information and to Apply: https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/129760