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Clark University, Worcester, Massachusetts USA: Postdoctoral position in annelid evo-devo

(posted 2017-10-11)


Full-time position for 3 years (preference for a start date on or before January 15, 2018), with further extension possible subject to additional funding availability

Meyer lab at Clark University (http://wordpress.clarku.edu/nmeyer/) seeks a postdoctoral research fellow to investigate the molecular control of neural fate specification in annelids. Successful candidates will have expertise in developmental biology, evo-devo, and molecular biology. Experience working with marine organisms, microinjection, CRISPR/Cas9, transcriptomic data, and/or statistical analyses also is desirable but not required. Additionally, the Meyer lab is interested in candidates who can contribute to diversity of the academic community through development of outreach programs for the local community or that have experience in mentoring students from historically underrepresented communities.

The Meyer lab studies evolution of nervous systems, focusing on annelids. We have a stable lab colony of Capitella teleta. Techniques used in the lab include microinjection of embryos, qRT-PCR, immunohistochemistry, imaging of live and fixed tissue, quantification of phenotypes using ImageJ, and gene knockdown and misexpression by injection of morpholinos and mRNA. We also are currently developing CRISPR/Cas9 for use in C. teleta. This research and the post-doctoral position is funded by a three-year grant from the NSF. The primary goal for the postdoctoral fellow will be to investigate what signals are responsible for neural fate specification in the annelid C. teleta and if or how this process is linked to dorsal-ventral axis specification. The fellow will also have the opportunity to add additional lines of inquiry related to the research.

There will be multiple opportunities for career development, including mentoring undergraduate and accelerated M.S. students in the lab, participating as a guest lecturer in courses taught by the PI, and courses offered through the Higher Education Consortium of Central Massachusetts (HECCMA) Certificate in College Teaching Program.

This is a full-time (40 hour/week) position for three years subject to satisfactory performance. Extension beyond the three years is possible, subject to additional funding availability. The position provides benefits including health insurance, tuition benefits, vacation, use of the campus fitness center, and more. The preferred start date is on or before January 15, 2018.

Clark University hires only individuals legally authorized to work at the University. If chosen for the position, non-US citizens must obtain visas necessary to work legally in the US. Clark University is an affirmative action/equal employment opportunity university and we strongly encourage members from historically underrepresented communities, including women, to apply.

Applicants should submit a cover letter explaining your interest in the position and qualifications, a curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, two key publications, and contact information for three references in one electronic file by email to Dr. Néva Meyer (nmeyer@clarku.edu). Further information is available by contacting Dr. Meyer by email or phone (508-793-7476). Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled, but candidates able to start on or before January 15, 2018 will be given preference. This is a three-year position with the possibility of extension pending funding.