We are seeking a research intern to work on a project at the
Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama from November
2014 for a period of at least one year. The project will focus on
speciation in Heliconius butterflies (for more information please see
The intern will join a vibrant community of scientists
studying the origins and maintenance of tropical diversity (see
http://www.stri.si.edu). In particular, the successful candidate will work
closely with members of the McMillan (STRI) and Jiggins groups (Cambridge,
UK). The project is based in Gamboa and the intern will be responsible
for managing a project investigating the genetic basis of host use shifts
between two sympatric Heliconius species. The project involves breeding
butterflies, managing crossing experiments and conducting behavioural
assays. Applicants must be able to work independently and be committed
to spending considerable time in Panama. Knowledge of Spanish would be
useful but is not essential.
A stipend of US$800/month will be provided to cover accommodation and
living costs in Panama.
Please send applications, or further questions, to Dr Richard Merrill
(firstname.lastname@example.org) with a CV and the names and contact details of
two referees. Please use the subject header: “PANAMA INTERN” before
1st August 2014.