Postdoc opportunities

Postdoc position, starting 2021:

We seek a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to contribute to a project exploring the evolutionary genomics of bacterial endosymbionts of insects. This postdoc position will contribute to a collaborative NSF-funded project that, more broadly, is exploring the phylogenetic history and biogeography of a highly successful ant tribe (Camponotini) and their bacterial endosymbionts. This postdoc position will focus on whole-genome sequencing for associated endosymbiotic bacteria, particularly the primary nutritional endosymbiont (Blochmannia) that has coevolved with Camponotine ants. The position requires strong interest and research experience in computational biology, bacterial genome evolution, comparative genomics, and high-throughput sequencing approaches. Also helpful will be strong interests and experience in microbial symbiosis, the evolution of endosymbionts, and insect diversity.

For additional details about the position and application process, please see the site below:


We welcome inquiries from anyone who is interested in joining the lab as a postdoc and who has or is developing proposal ideas for independent postdoc funding. See external funding mechanisms below.  Such inquiries should be directed to Jen (j.wernegreen [at] and include the funding sources you are pursuing, an outline of your proposal ideas, and your CV.


external support for postdoc fellowships:

Any candidate for a postdoc position in the lab (even if that position is supported by funds from lab grants or Duke resources), should explore their eligibility for individual postdoc fellowships from NSF, NIH, other federal agencies, and private organizations.  Examples of these mechanisms are listed below.

Postdoc candidates who are eligible to apply for an NSF or NIH fellowship should plan to submit their proposal before joining the lab.