Job ID 25898
The University of South Florida is seeking to hire a postdoctoral scholar to perform research on epigenetic and immunological mechanisms involved in the spread of the house sparrow across the globe. Successful candidates will be part of an interdisciplinary program seeking to discern how epigenetic potential (i.e., DNA sequence variation influencing DNA methylation, gene expression and hence phenotypic plasticity) impacts the success of colonizing populations via alteration of gut immune function. Work will involve collaborating with and co-managing project personnel, performing various techniques associated with gut immunity and the microbiome, analyzing resultant data, and writing manuscripts and presenting findings at various meetings. Willingness to travel and work internationally, sometimes for weeks to months at a time, is imperative, as is willingness to contribute to grant writing efforts. The postdoc will have some latitude to develop her/his own research projects, as long as they complement the foci of the main project.
Competitive candidates must have a PhD or equivalent degree in biology, ecology, behavior, immunology, and/or evolution, and should have experience working with live songbirds in the field and lab and some familiarity with appropriate techniques (e.g., immune assays, histology, necropsy, quantitative PCR, RNA-seq, microbiome analyses) as well as a solid publication record.
Preferred Qualifications: Proficient in Program R or an equivalent, experience in avian immunology, ideally the gut immune system. Strong record of research achievements. Candidates must be highly motivated, able to think and work independently but as part of a multidisciplinary research team. Candidates must also be willing to travel internationally, sometimes for long periods.
Information for Applicants
This position is subject to a Level 1 criminal background check.
Job Opening Number: 25898
Posting End Date: December 15, 2020
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Review of applications will begin on November 15, 2020.
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