Jobs in Biology and Affiliated Departments
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Faculty Positions top
Tenure Track Faculty Position in Prokaryotic Biology
The Microbiology Program in the Indiana University Department of Biology invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Prokaryotic Biology at the level of assistant professor. We are particularly interested in scientists exploring the systems biology, physiology, development, cell biology, environmental biology, and/or pathogenesis of prokaryotes, although all areas will be considered. This position is part of a significant, continuing expansion in the life sciences at IU Bloomington and represents an exceptional opportunity to join a strong Microbiology Program and new interdisciplinary initiatives. The successful candidate will be provided with a competitive startup package and salary, and will have access to outstanding research resources including state-of-the-art facilities for genomics and bioinformatics, light and electron microscopy, flow cytometry, protein analysis, analytical chemistry, biophysical instrumentation, and crystallography.
Applicants must hold a Ph.D. and have relevant postdoctoral experience with a strong record of research accomplishments. Successful candidates will be expected to develop a vigorous externally funded research program, and to participate in teaching at the undergraduate and graduate levels. Applications received by October 15, 2015, will be assured of full consideration. Applicants should submit a cover letter, a CV, a research statement (5 pages emphasizing current and planned research), a statement of teaching interests (1 page), a list of three (or more) references, and up to 3 pdfs of published and/or submitted manuscripts using the submissions link at http://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/1707. For questions about the application procedure please contact Jennifer Tarter (email@example.com) or by mail at 1001 East Third Street, Bloomington, IN 47405-7005 and for all other questions please contact Yves Brun (firstname.lastname@example.org).
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Research Scientist Positions top
Scientist at the Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center
The Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center at Indiana University Bloomington (flystocks.bio.indiana.edu/) is seeking a scientist to join its management team. The BDSC is a large, dynamic, and heavily used repository for Drosophila melanogaster strains that serves researchers worldwide. IU Bloomington provides an outstanding intellectual environment for BDSC activities, with more than a dozen research groups using Drosophila for studies in molecular and cell biology, development, neurobiology, physiology, evolution, and ecology. The work of BDSC scientists is wide ranging and includes management of collection contents (strain accessions, deaccessions, quality control), information management (biocuration, database construction and use, website development), scientific communication (user support, grant proposals and reporting, conference presentations, position papers, manuscripts), and business operations (personnel, user accounts, billing, financial recordkeeping and reporting). The new BDSC scientist will participate in all aspects of BDSC operations and eventually assume a primary leadership role in the organization. Candidates should have extensive knowledge of Drosophila genetics, excellent communication skills, proven grantsmanship, well-developed organizational abilities, interest in a long-term position, and a keen desire to support the Drosophila research community.
Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree and have relevant postdoctoral experience with a solid record of research accomplishments. Experienced scientists are encouraged to apply. All applications received by September 1, 2015, will be considered. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, and the names of three references to indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/1603. Please address inquiries to Jeremy Bennett at (812) 855-6283; email@example.com; 1001 E. Third St., Bloomington, IN 47405-7005.
Indiana University is an Equal Employment and Affirmative Action Employer and a provider of ADA services. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, ethnicity, color, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation or identity, national origin, disability status or protected veteran status.(posted online 18 June 2015)
Lecturer and Academic Specialist Positions top
(none currently posted)
Postdoctoral Positions top
Postdoctoral Fellow: Genetics and evolution of developmental plasticity (Ragsdale Lab)
A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Erik Ragsdale, Department of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington. Our lab investigates the genetic regulation and evolution of developmental plasticity, specifically a polyphenism that involves novel morphological and ecological traits. The focal species of this research is the nematode Pristionchus pacificus, an emerging model system for evolutionary developmental genetics, which our lab studies using forward and reverse genetics, transgenics, and genome-wide approaches.
P. pacificus alternatively develops into a microbe-feeding or a predatory morph in response to different environmental cues. Recent work has begun to characterize the genes that make up a developmental switch for the polyphenism, providing an entry point into the genetics of a morphological dimorphism in a tractable animal model. Moreover, this species is embedded in a solid phylogenetic infrastructure with a broad range of feeding morphologies and ecologies. Given the laboratory availability of many species and populations of Pristionchus, this system offers a unique opportunity to discover how genetic factors and their interactions evolve to modify developmental plasticity.
The goal of the project is to determine the significance of an increasingly understood polyphenism mechanism in evolutionary process. Approaches will involve population genetics, evolutionary modeling, and/or experimental evolution. For the position, we seek a collegial and intellectually driven individual with a recent Ph.D. in evolutionary biology or a related field. A strong background in population genetics and/or evolutionary modeling is essential. Molecular biology skills are a plus but relevant training will be provided as necessary. The position will be funded for two years, with the potential to extend for an additional year. Salary will be commensurate with experience, and full benefits are included.
To apply, please submit (i) a letter of application, (ii) a full CV, (iii) a statement of research interests, and (iv) contact information for three references electronically to http://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/2209. Review of applications will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The exact start date is flexible, but best consideration to those applying prior to February 14, 2016. Inquiries about the position can be directed to Erik Ragsdale (firstname.lastname@example.org; 812-856-1946; 1001 E. 3rd St., Bloomington, IN 47405). Additional information about research in the Ragsdale lab can be found at: http://www.indiana.edu/~ragslab/.
Bloomington is a vibrant college town located in scenic southern Indiana, close to several natural parks and wilderness areas, and it enjoys a local culture exceptionally rich in music, art, and theater.
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(posted online 21 January 2016)
Research Positions top
Microbiology Research Associate
Seeking a highly-motivated Research Associate to perform microbiology research and routine lab maintenance work in the Foster lab. Research in the Foster lab focuses on molecular mechanisms by which mutations arise spontaneously and as a result of DNA damage (see www.bio.indiana.edu/faculty/directory/profile.php?person=plfoster). The successful applicant will spend most of his/her time working in the lab, with duties including routine maintenance as well as conducting experiments, so previous lab experience will be useful. Responsibilities include, but are not limited to: general bacteriology, bacterial genetics, basic molecular biology, and basic laboratory techniques. Particular tasks may vary but will include maintenance of bacterial mutation accumulation lines, preparation and quality control of genomic DNA for sequencing, generation and characterization of bacterial strains, and general lab maintenance (e.g., solution/media prep, proper disposal of waste, assistance with dishwashing).
Training specific to work in the lab, however, will be provided. The lab environment is supportive and friendly. The initial appointment is for one year beginning in September. Initial one-year appointment also contingent upon satisfactory performance. Basic qualifications: BA or BS in biology required; previous lab experience strongly preferred. Overall, the successful applicant must be well organized, detail-oriented, possess strong analytical and interpersonal skills, and able to work effectively with minimal supervision as part of a research team. Salary: $26,000-$30,000 depending on experience. Benefits included. To apply, please submit 1) a brief cover letter describing your research/educational background, why you're interested in the position, and the date you are available to start; 2) a CV that lists pertinent courses (with GPA) and previous research experience; and 3) the names and contact info (including email addresses) of three references to: indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/1643 or send cover letter detailing research interests and experience as well as C.V. and contact info for 3 references to Jeremy Bennett, 1001 E. 3rd St., Bloomington, IN 47405. For additional questions about the position, please email Dr. Pat Foster (email@example.com).
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