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Iowa State University: Postdoctoral Position in Ecoimmunology and Disease Ecology

(posted 2018-02-16)

Beginning as soon as April 2018, a postdoctoral position is available to study tolerance of infection in the lab of Dr. James Adelman at Iowa State University ( This project will use comparative, molecular, and experimental techniques to uncover patterns, mechanisms, and consequences of tolerance in an ecologically relevant host pathogen system: house finches infected with Mycoplasma gallisepticum. The postdoc will be responsible for overseeing field and laboratory objectives of this project, while generating additional, related experiments that augment the project’s goals. The postdoc will also help mentor graduate and undergraduate students in the lab to enhance their abilities in independent research.

Minimum requirements include a PhD in biology, ecology, or a related field, with some experience in immunological and molecular techniques, experience working with birds or other small vertebrates, excellent written and oral communication skills, a strong publication record, and the ability to work both independently and with diverse research teams. Ideal applicants will have an interest in travel, as this project involves fieldwork in diverse locations and collaboration with colleagues at Virginia Tech. Experience with RNA expression, disease ecology, and successful mentoring of undergraduates is also desirable.

To apply, please submit a cover letter outlining your interest in the position, research experience, and career goals; a curriculum vitae; reprints of up to two published papers; and contact information for three references. All materials should be sent to Dr. James Adelman at

Review of applications will begin March 15, 2018, with an anticipated start date before June 1, 2018. Salary for postdocs at Iowa State begins at $46,000 per year, with benefits, and increases depending on prior postdoctoral experience. Funding is available for three years, dependent on favorable annual performance evaluations. Iowa State University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status and will not be discriminated against.