Current Openings

Postdoctoral Researcher

The Barden Lab ( at the New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) is soliciting applications for a one- to two-year salaried Postdoctoral Research Associate position focused on the evolution of social insects and comparative genomics. The position is linked to projects aimed at (1) understanding convergent trends in genome evolution across phylogenetically distant lineages and (2) integrating paleontological and molecular datasets to uncover evolutionary processes. In addition, there will be opportunities to develop independent projects as well as participate in ongoing lab initiatives including aspects of functional morphology, molecular evolution, phylogenetics, and ecology with respect to extant and fossil insects. Research in the lab is fundamentally comparative and incorporates data from multiple species simultaneously to answer broad evolutionary questions. Potential candidates are strongly encouraged to contact Dr. Phil Barden to discuss potential projects and learn more ( Applications will be reviewed as they are received. The application period will be open until filled. Apply at:

Essential Functions:

1. Generate, curate, and analyze genomic data from a variety of insect taxa.

2. Contribute to or lead lab publications, conference submissions, as well as grant proposals.

3. Act as a mentor to diverse and ambitious students in the lab, as well as collaborate effectively with colleagues and support staff.

4. Through mentorship and strategic planning with the PI, develop additional skills and experience valuable to long-term career goals.

Prerequisite Qualifications: PhD in Biology or related field.

Preferred Qualifications: Experience in wet lab protocols, bioinformatics, and genome assembly with non-model organisms.

Now recruiting graduate students to begin Fall 2019! Application instructions and program information available here. Prospective students are strongly encouraged to contact barden [at] prior to applying.

 The lab is expanding, with opportunities in the following positions:

  • Graduate Student (PhD/MS)

  • Undergraduate Intern/Researcher

  • Postdoctoral Researcher

In general, we work to answer questions related to the following topics: (1) the evolution of social insects (2) the methodological limits of extracting data from fossilized organisms including through X-ray imaging (3) morphological evolution, functional morphology, and the reconstruction of ancient behaviors (4) phylogenetics and the utility of fossils in systematic biology (5) applying comparative genomic approaches to better understand convergent trends in evolution. Although these are our core areas of research, motivated students who are interested in answering different but complimentary questions are encouraged to apply.

If you would like to know more about joining the lab, please email barden [at] with your research interests and previous experience. If you're a student with no previous research experience, that's OK! Students and postdocs who are interested in social insects, paleoentomology, X-ray imaging, systematics, or comparative genomics are especially encouraged to apply. Students may apply with a particular project in mind or work to develop an independent project alongside the PI.