The University of Arizona, Tucson
June 13 2018
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Postdoctoral Position at the University of Arizona (Tucson): Understanding the performance of distributed problem-solving strategies in social insects

We are looking for a postdoctoral researcher who will develop, perform, and publish empirical and modeling studies of ant and bee behavior, focusing on how these animals solve problems as a group, and which strategies of collective organization may represent adaptations to particular environments or problems. This position is part of a DARPA-funded collaboration to develop better active cyberdefense strategies using distributed agents.

The postdoc will be responsible for designing and carrying out experiments or modeling studies measuring outcomes of communication and other strategies of collective search and foraging, as well as collective strategies in the context of colony competition and aggression, or information flow in task allocation and will also interact with collaborators on the theory and applied aspects of the project.

The expected start date is as soon as possible in 2018 for an initial one-year appointment, with a possibility of renewal. Ideal candidates will have an interest and background in social insect research as well as feel comfortable with computational modeling; and educational background in computer science is beneficial.

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we encourage diverse candidates to apply, including people of color, women, veterans, and individuals with disabilities.

As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness. Review of applications will begin on June 20, 2018 and will continue until all five positions are filled.

For more information and to apply, please refer to Job Posting# P20581 at and be prepared to include: (1) a cover letter (2) a current CV, and (3) a Statement of Research Interests.  Additionally, please have at least three letters of recommendation sent directly to Dr. Anna Dornhaus at  Potential applicants should feel free to send inquiries about the position or start date to the same email address. 

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