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Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, University of Florida, Schnitzler Lab: Postdoctoral Associate

(posted 2017-10-11)


The University of Florida, Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, Schnitzler Lab seeks a highly motivated postdoctoral associate to join a team focused broadly on stem-cell mediated tissue regeneration, and the evolution and development of cellular senescence in the colonial cnidarian Hydractinia using modern experimental and computational biology techniques. The postdoctoral associate will be expected to design and lead research activities related to these topics, including designing and performing experiments, developing and executing protocols, performing data analysis, and writing manuscripts and grants. The postdoc will perform research as part of a team, as well as train and mentor other lab members.

The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in molecular and cellular biology techniques such as: DNA and RNA extraction, molecular cloning, in situ hybridization, gene manipulation and editing techniques (RNAi, morpholinos, CRISPR/Cas9), microinjection and/or electroporation of embryos, quantitative PCR, Western blotting, epifluorescence and confocal microscopy. Experience with cellular proliferation and viability assays is preferred. Experience with generating and processing RNA-seq or similar datasets is also preferred. Unix and programming skills are preferred. Experience with cnidarian or other marine invertebrate organisms is preferred.

Further information about the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience can be found at http://www.whitney.ufl.edu/. Interested individuals are asked to submit an application at: http://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/cw/en-us/job/504986/postdoctoral-associate. Please upload your curriculum vitae with publication list, a detailed letter of interest, a one-page summary of your Ph.D. thesis, and contact information for three professional references with your online application form. Applicants from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the sciences are strongly encouraged to apply. Application deadline is November 30, 2017.

Minimum requirements include a Ph.D. in biological sciences and extensive expertise in molecular and cellular biology techniques. Experience with cellular proliferation and viability assays is preferred. Experience with generating and processing RNA-seq or similar datasets is also preferred. Unix and programming skills are preferred. Experience with cnidarian or other marine invertebrate organisms is preferred.

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 9 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 (REU) and an active K-12 STEM education outreach program.