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Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, University of Florida: Assistant/Associate Professor in Bioengineering or Neuroscience

(posted 2017-09-29)

The Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, an interdisciplinary marine research center of the University of Florida, seeks to fill a tenure-track, full-time research faculty position in Bioengineering or Neuroscience at the assistant/associate professor level. The successful candidate will be expected to develop a competitive, extramurally-funded research program that incorporates experimental, engineering and/or computational approaches to investigate mechanisms of behavior at any level of biological organization using marine organisms as animal models. Areas of expertise may include, but are not limited to: biomechanics, neuroscience, movement ecology, fluid dynamics and physiology. The Whitney Laboratory currently has research strength in marine genomics, neuroscience, biomechanics, evolution, regeneration, development and wetlands restoration. The successful candidate will be expected to integrate across one or more of these disciplines, leverage the unique opportunities of an experimental marine lab setting, and form links to the larger University research community. Further information about the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience can be found at Interested individuals are asked to submit an application at: Application deadline is November 15, 2017.

Minimum requirements include a doctorate degree and post-doctoral experience in a relevant discipline, with a strong record of peer reviewed publications, as commensurate with experience. Experience in working with interdisciplinary teams and in the use of state of art laboratory and field techniques and instrumentation is highly desired. Candidates should have demonstrated skills in verbal and written communication, interpersonal relationships and ability to procure extramural funding. Candidates should have the demonstrated ability or potential to develop integrated teaching, research and/or extension programs in the discipline.

The Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience is a University of Florida research center for biomedical research and biotechnology. Founded in 1974, the Whitney Lab is dedicated to using marine model animals for studying fundamental problems in biology and applying that knowledge to issues of human health, natural resources, and the environment. The Laboratory is situated on a narrow barrier island with both the Atlantic Ocean and the Intracoastal Waterway within a few hundred feet of the facility. It is located in Marineland, about 18 miles south of St. Augustine and 80 miles from Gainesville. The academic staff of the Whitney Laboratory consists of 11 tenure-track faculty members, together with approximately 60 associates, students and visiting scientists. Dr. Mark Q. Martindale is the Director. Fields of research conducted at Whitney Laboratory include biomechanics, neuroethology, sensory physiology, neurogenomics, comparative marine genomics, biodiversity, regenerative biology and the evolution of development. The lab also has a NSF-funded undergraduate research training program and an active K-12 STEM education outreach program.