We are seeking a research intern to work at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama from ~mid March 2016 for a period of at least one year. The internship will focus on speciation in Heliconius butterflies (for more information please see http://heliconius.zoo.cam.ac.uk/).
The intern will join a vibrant community of scientists studying the origins and maintenance of tropical diversity (see http://www.stri.si.edu). The project is based in Gamboa and the intern will be assisting a project investigating the genetic basis of reproductive and ecological isolation 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. A knowledge of Spanish and the ability to drive would be useful but are not essential.
A stipend of US$800/month will be provided to cover accommodation and living costs in Panama .
Please send applications (with a CV and the names and contact details of two referees), or questions, to Richard Merrill (email@example.com). Please use the subject header: “PANAMA RESEARCH ASSISTANT” before 15th December 2015.