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Scientist at the Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center

The Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center at Indiana University Bloomington ( 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 Please address inquiries to Jeremy Bennett at (812) 855-6283;; 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)

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Postdoc on Horizontal Gene Transfer and Genome Evolution

An NSF-funded postdoctoral position is available to work on a collaborative project between the labs of Dr. Jeff Palmer (Department of Biology, Indiana University, Bloomington) and Dr. Claude dePamphilis (Department of Biology, Penn State University, University Park). This project is a follow-up to papers on the mitochondrial and nuclear genomes of the basal angiosperm Amborella that were led by our labs and published in the Dec. 20, 2013, issue of Science. The project focuses on evolutionary gene transfer, including transfer of mitochondrial and plastid sequences to the nucleus of Amborella, and the extensive horizontal transfer of foreign mitochondrial sequences to the mitochondrion of Amborella.

This is a strictly bioinformatic/comparative genomic project involving extensive analysis of genome-scale sequence data. A Ph.D. in computational biology, evolutionary genetics, or a related field is required, and proficiency in computer programming is expected. Competitive candidates will have a strong record of prior publication in genome-scale data analysis, including bioinformatic pipeline construction, phylogenomics, and/or genome evolution. This position is funded for two years, with continued appointment dependent upon availability of funding. Salary will be commensurate with experience, and full benefits are included.

To apply, please submit, as a single unified PDF, a cover letter detailing research interests and experience, a C.V., and contact information for three professional references to or Dee Verostko, 1001 E. 3rd St., Bloomington, IN 47405. Review of applications will start immediately and will continue until the position is filled. Inquiries about the position may be directed to Jeff Palmer ( or Claude dePamphilis (

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 November 2014)

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Research Associate

Seeking a highly-motivated Research Associate to perform grant-related neuroscience research and routine lab maintenance work in the Hurley lab. Research in the Hurley lab focuses on sensory processing and behavior. 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. 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 June/July 2015. Initial one-year appointment beginning June/July 2015 also dependent on satisfactory performance.

Basic qualifications: BA or BS in biology or neuroscience required, previous lab experience strongly preferred. Additional qualifications: Strong preference will be given to candidates with experience with some type of lab experience. 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: or send cover letter detailing research interests and experience, 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. Laura Hurley (

(posted online 26 May 2015)

Women and minority candidates are especially encouraged to apply.  Indiana University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.
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