We're looking for a few (more) good molecular ecologists

The Molecular Ecologist has big plans for 2016, and we’re seeking new regular contributors to help make them reality.
We seek contributors with expertise and experience in our core topic, the use of genetic data to understand the past and future of the living world. We’re particularly interested in senior graduate students, postdoctoral researchers, and other working scientists who can discuss basic science on a level that engages our core community of research biologists. Ideal candidates will also be excited to explain fundamental molecular ecology concepts to the general public.

Successful candidates will become regular contributors to the site, which entails

  • Coordinating with blog editor Jeremy Yoder and other contributors to provide regular brief updates to the site covering “ecology, evolution, and everything in between”;
  • Pitching proposals for longer-form articles to the editor — which, if approved, will be written and published to the site as major features; and
  • Assisting with planned efforts to develop independent funding for the site, which will provide a budget to pay writers for feature articles and support website infrastructure.

Contributing to The Molecular Ecologist can be an excellent way to gain familiarity with current molecular ecology research, to establish connections within the scientific community, and to build a portfolio of science writing for a broader audience. We envision that contributing to the blog will be a significant professional development opportunity for early-career evolutionary ecologists, and that contributors will help to build the blog’s role as a community hub for molecular ecology research online. To this end, we are particularly interested in applications from women and from scientists whose racial, ethnic, sexual, or gender identities are underrepresented in science careers.
To apply, please e-mail a brief cover letter explaining why you want to write for The Molecular Ecologist and an appropriate sample of your writing to Jeremy Yoder at jbyoder@gmail.com. Applications should be received by the end of the day on 15 January, 2016 to ensure consideration.

About Jeremy Yoder

Jeremy B. Yoder is an Associate Professor of Biology at California State University Northridge, studying the evolution and coevolution of interacting species, especially mutualists. He is a collaborator with the Joshua Tree Genome Project and the Queer in STEM study of LGBTQ experiences in scientific careers. He has written for the website of Scientific American, the LA Review of Books, the Chronicle of Higher Education, The Awl, and Slate.
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