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Postdoctoral Researcher

A postdoc position is available in the research group of Dr Felicity Muth at the University of Texas at Austin, to work on questions in the cognitive ecology of pollination using bumblebees. The postdoc will have the opportunity to develop their own projects within the general lab areas of interest, which include exploring learning, memory and decision-making dynamics in relation to ecologically realistic foraging scenarios. Research will be primarily experimental work based in the lab and in greenhouse facilities available at the Brackenridge Field Laboratory, Austin but there is also the possibility for field-based projects.

 Requirements: The candidate must have previous experience working and publishing in topics in animal cognition. While previous experience working with bees is preferred, it is not essential.

 Duration and start date: The position would be full-time, benefits-eligible, and would start between September 2019 and December 2019. The position is initially for one year, but may be renewed on an annual basis for up to two years.

 Salary: $47,476 

 Application: Please send a statement of interest, full CV including publications, and the contact information for two references to Evaluation of candidates will begin at the end of March and will continue until the position is filled.

Background Checks: A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration.

Equal Opportunity Employer: The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action.

graduate student applications

Applications for Fall 2019 have now closed, however if you are interested in applying for grad school in my lab in 2020, feel free to reach out to start a conversation. The official deadline for next year will be around December (see here for updated info).

If you are interested in pursuing a PhD degree in my lab through the Ecology, Evolution and Behavior grad program at UT Austin, feel free to contact me to start a conversation. Please include your CV, research interests, and contact information for two references.

I work on broad questions in animal behaviour and cognition, using bumblebees. The majority of grad student research is expected to be lab- and greenhouse-based but there is also the opportunity for fieldwork. Students will be expected to develop their own projects within the framework of general lab interests. Support will be provided by a combination of research and teaching assistantships, which cover tuition and salary (including summer salary).

The Department of Integrative Biology and EEB grad program are top-ranked, with particular strengths in animal behaviour, evolution and ecology. To find out more about the EEB grad program, see:


There are lots of opportunities for undergraduates to volunteer or work for credit in lab. If you are interested please download this form, fill it out and email it to me.