Postdoc position: Insect Functional Genomics and Bioinformatics, Hawaii

Aloha! The USDA-ARS Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center has funding for a postdoc in the area of insect functional genomics and bioinformatics. This research project is focused on 1) utilizing genomic and genetic tools to characterize existing genetic sexing system used in tephritid fruit fly sterile insect technique programs (e.g. Mexfly, medfly, oriental fruit fly); and 2) utilize gene editing technologies to support emerging SIT programs in Bactrocera fruit flies.

The duties include analysis of NGS data, focusing on QTL analysis, generation of linkage maps, whole genome sequencing, and SNP genotyping as well as wet-lab techniques in CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing and other transformation methods, library preparation for high-throughput sequencing, genotyping, and insect colony and strain maintenance. We have advanced computing resources and a very active research program.

Salary is ~$63k/year with benefits, hired through the ORISE program, and the job will be stationed at the USDA-ARS Pacific Basin Agricultural Research Center in Hilo, Hawaii. Funding is guaranteed for 1 year, with possibility of extension based on performance. PhD is required.

If interested, please contact Dr. Scott Geib at and apply for the job online at:

More information about the lab:

A selection of relevant publications:
1. Sim SB, Kauwe A, Ruano RE, Rendon P, Geib SM: The ABCs of CRISPR in Tephritidae: developing methods for inducing heritable mutations in the genera Anastrepha, Bactrocera and Ceratitis. Insect molecular biology 2019, 28:277-289.

2. Kingan SB, Urban J, Lambert CC, Baybayan P, Childers AK, Coates BS, Scheffler B, Hackett K, Korlach J, Geib SM: A High-Quality Genome Assembly from a Single, Field-collected Spotted Lanternfly (Lycorma delicatula) using the PacBio Sequel II System. BioRxiv 2019:627679.

3. Sim SB, Ruiz-Arce R, Barr NB, Geib SM: A new diagnostic resource for Ceratitis capitata strain identification based on QTL mapping. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics 2017, 7:3637-3647.

4. Sim SB, Geib SM: A chromosome-scale assembly of the Bactrocera cucurbitae genome provides insight to the genetic basis of white pupae. G3: Genes, Genomes, Genetics 2017, 7:1927-1940.

5. Papanicolaou A, Schetelig MF, Arensburger P, Atkinson PW, Benoit JB, Bourtzis K, Castañera P, Cavanaugh JP, Chao H, Childers C: The whole genome sequence of the Mediterranean fruit fly, Ceratitis capitata (Wiedemann), reveals insights into the biology and adaptive evolution of a highly invasive pest species. Genome biology 2016, 17:192.

6. Sim SB, Calla B, Hall B, DeRego T, Geib SM: Reconstructing a comprehensive transcriptome assembly of a white-pupal translocated strain of the pest fruit fly Bactrocera cucurbitae. GigaScience 2015, 4:14.

7. Calla B, Geib SM: MicroRNAs in the oriental fruit fly, Bactrocera dorsalis: extending Drosophilid miRNA conservation to the Tephritidae. BMC genomics 2015, 16:740.

8. Geib SM, Calla B, Hall B, Hou S, Manoukis NC: Characterizing the developmental transcriptome of the oriental fruit fly, Bactrocera dorsalis (Diptera: Tephritidae) through comparative genomic analysis with Drosophila melanogaster utilizing modENCODE datasets. BMC genomics 2014, 15:942.

9. Calla B, Hall B, Hou S, Geib SM: A genomic perspective to assessing quality of mass-reared SIT flies used in Mediterranean fruit fly (Ceratitis capitata) eradication in California. BMC genomics 2014, 15:98.


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