Research Internships: We are currently looking for a research assistant to join our team in Panama. Details below:

We are seeking a research intern to work at the Smithsonian Tropical Research Institute (STRI) in Panama from July/August 2019 for six months. The internship will focus on behaviour and diversification in Heliconius butterflies.

The intern will work as part of a team involving collaboration between Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität, Munich and STRI (https://stri.si.edu/scientist/owen-mcmillan). The intern will join a vibrant and highly international community of scientists studying the origins and maintenance of tropical diversity (see also: http://www.heliconius.org).

The project is based in Gamboa, Panama and the intern will be assisting a project investigating the role of female choice in the assortative mating between Heliconius species. The project involves breeding butterflies, managing crossing experiments and conducting behavioural assays. There will also be opportunities for the intern to develop his/her independent projects. Applicants must be able to work both as part of a team and independently, and be committed to working full time in Panama for the duration of the project. As we are an international team, a good knowledge of spoken English is essential. A knowledge of Spanish and the ability to drive would be useful but are not required. We especially encourage students from Panama, with a background in biology,   to apply.

A stipend of US$1000/month will be provided to cover accommodation and living costs in Panama; we will also cover the cost of airfare to Panama if necessary.

To apply, please send an up-to-date CV (including the names and contact details of two referees), and a cover letter explaining why you would be a good fit for this position. Please combine the CV and cover letter in a single pdf file with the file name in the format of YOURLASTNAME_STRI_intern.pdf. Please send applications to Dr. Chi-Yun Kuo (kuochiyun@gmail.com); informal questions can be directed to Chi-Kuo Kuo or Richard Merrill (merrill@bio.lmu.de). Please use the subject header: “PANAMA INTERN” before June 20, 2019. We expect to interview short-listed applicants in the following week.


Postdocs: Although I am not currently advertising any specific positions, I would be more than happy to hear from early stage researchers looking to apply for their own funding. This could be to work on behaviour and speciation, or related topics, in Heliconius, as well as other organisms. Possibilities for post-doc fellowships in Germany include:

I would also be keen to support applications to other sources of funding. Just get in touch!

Graduate students: I do not currently have funding for PhD positions. However, I would be happy to talk with potential applicants that can identify external funding to discuss possibilities.