Research internship: butterflies in Panama

Research internship: butterflies in Panama

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 ( The intern will join a vibrant and highly international community of scientists studying the origins and maintenance of tropical diversity (see also:

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 behaviour 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. A knowledge of Spanish and the ability to drive would be useful but are not essential. We especially encourage
students with a biology background from Panama 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 one single pdf file with the file name in the format of YOURLASTNAME_STRI intern.pdf. Please send applications to Dr. Chi-Yun Kuo (; informal questions can be directed to Chi-Yun Kuo or Richard Merrill ( Please use the subject header: “PANAMA INTERN” before June 20, 2019. We will contact selected finalists for interviews after the deadline.