Postdoc - chordate NEC evolution - Woods Hole - job 745837

Marine Biological Laboratory

Date: 05/04/2021

City: Woods Hole, Massachusetts

Employment type: Full-time

The Gillis Lab at the MBL seeks a highly motivated individual to join the Josephine Bay Paul Center for Comparative Molecular Biology and Evolution as a Postdoctoral Researcher. The successful candidate will work on the evolution of chordate neuroendocrine cell type diversity.

Additional Information:
Vertebrates possess numerous neuroendocrine/neuroepithelial cell (NEC) types that are vital to an organism’s physiology and homeostasis. The successful candidate will use comparative gene expression analysis and cell lineage tracing in a range of chordate taxa to reconstruct the early evolution, homology and ancestral diversity of NECs in relation to major anatomical innovations (e.g., origin of gills, origin of the skeleton, etc). The successful candidate will work closely with the MBL Marine Resources Center (

Basic Qualifications:
Applicants should have a Ph.D. in biology, with experience in comparative developmental biology and/or physiology. Familiarity with molecular biology techniques is required. The candidate must be enthusiastic, self-motivated, productive, and enjoy working in a highly collaborative environment with diverse research interests.

Preferred Qualifications:
The ideal candidate will have direct experience with working in vivo in one or more animal models. Experience with microinjection and routine light and fluorescence microscopy would be advantageous.

Physical Requirements:
Minimal exposure to biohazardous chemicals. Occasional lifting of heavy objects (< 30 pounds).

Required documents:

  • Cover letter briefly explaining a) your interest the position, b) your research and career goals, and c)what qualities you would bring to our team.

  • Curriculum vitae.

  • List of 3 references (Please do not have letters sent at this time. Letter writers will be contacted directly by the PI)

Job Type: Full-time

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