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Position in Cell Biology

Genome, Cell, and Developmental Biology (GCDB) Program

The GCDB Program at Indiana University invites applications for a tenure-track position at the assistant professor level with a specific research emphasis in eukaryotic cell biology. We are especially interested in candidates whose research complements and/or extends our existing strengths in chromatin structure, genome replication, the DNA damage response, mitosis, meiosis, the cytoskeleton, and signal transduction. Exceptional scientists with a strong record of applying cutting-edge approaches to basic questions in eukaryotic cell biology are encouraged to apply. Successful candidates will receive a generous start-up package and lab space along with access to state-of-the-art facilities for light and electron microscopy, flow cytometry, structural biology, genomics and bioinformatics, protein analysis, and molecular biology. Our faculty members are expected to establish and maintain a vigorous well-funded research program and to participate in both undergraduate and graduate education. 

Applicants should hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree and have relevant postdoctoral experience with a strong record of research accomplishments. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, research statement and a list of three (or more) references to be sent using the submission link at http://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/952. Please address inquires to Jennifer Tarter jenjones@indiana.edu; (812) 856-3984; 1001 E. Third St., Bloomington, IN 47405-3700. Applications received by October 15, 2014 will be assured of full consideration.

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.

Position in Genomics

Genome, Cell, and Developmental Biology (GCDB) Program

The Genome, Cell, and Developmental Biology Program at Indiana University invites applications for a tenured/tenure-track faculty position in Genomics at the level of assistant professor. Candidates should have well-developed research programs that apply cutting-edge genomic approaches to investigate the molecular mechanisms underlying important aspects of eukaryotic biology, including gene regulation, epigenetics, development, or evolution.  More senior candidates with outstanding credentials in research and extramural funding may also be considered. The Department of Biology and affiliated departments and programs represent more than 60 research labs housed in 3 adjacent buildings, providing ample opportunities for collaboration.  The applicant will have access to outstanding resources including state-of-the-art facilities for genomics and bioinformatics, light and electron microscopy, flow cytometry, biophysical instrumentation, and computing.

Applicants must hold a Ph.D. degree and have relevant postdoctoral experience with a strong record of research accomplishments. Faculty members are expected to establish vigorous well-funded research programs and to participate in undergraduate/graduate education.  Applications received by October 15, 2014 will be assured of full consideration. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, research statement (past, present, and planned), up to three PDFs of re-prints/pre-prints, and arrange for three letters of references to be submitted at http://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/957. Please address inquires to Jennifer Tarter at (812) 856-3984; jenjones@indiana.edu; 1001 E. Third St., Bloomington, IN 47405-3700.

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 14 August 2014)

Position in Prokaryotic Biology

Microbiology Program

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, 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 1, 2014, 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/938. For questions about the application procedure, please contact Jennifer Tarter (jenjones@indiana.edu) or by mail at 1001 E. Third St., Bloomington, IN 47405-3700. For all other questions, please contact Dan Kearns (dbkearns@indiana.edu). 

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 14 August 2014)

Position in Virology

Microbiology Program

The Microbiology Program in the Indiana University Department of Biology invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Virology at the level of assistant professor. We are particularly interested in scientists examining the interaction between viruses and host cells (bacteria, plants, animal, or archaea) at the molecular and cellular level. Applicants working on virus or bacteriophage structure and assembly, and virus evolution will also 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 linked with Programs in Molecular and Cellular Biochemistry, Cell and Developmental Biology, Plant Biology, Biotechnology, and the Medical Sciences. 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 1, 2014, will be assured of full consideration. Applicants should submit a cover letter, CV, research (past, present, and planned), copies of manuscripts submitted or in press, and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent.  Please use the submissions link at http://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/928.  Please address inquires to Jennifer Tarter at (812) 856-3984 or 1001 E. Third St., Bloomington, IN 47405-3700.

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 15 August 2014)


Lecturer and Academic Specialist Positions top

Lecturer in Microbiology

The Department of Biology invites applications for a full-time, non-tenure track Lecturer position in Microbiology. The Department of Biology offers both BS and BA degrees in Microbiology. The successful candidate will be expected to teach and continue development of four undergraduate courses per academic year including Microbial Physiology laboratory and an Introductory Microbiology course for allied health students.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Microbiology or a closely related field (postdoctoral training is a plus), strong communication and organizational skills, and have documented evidence of independent classroom and laboratory teaching ability.

Salary commensurate with experience. To apply, please submit a letter of application, curriculum vitae, evidence of teaching ability, a statement of teaching philosophy, up to three PDFs of re-prints/pre-prints, and arrange for three letters of references to be submitted to https://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/1016.  Questions about the position should be addressed to Richard Hardy rwhardy@indiana.edu; (812) 856-0652; 1001 E. Third St., Bloomington, IN 47405-3700. Review of completed applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


Postdoctoral Positions top

(none currently posted)


Research Positions top

Research Associate

The Ragsdale Lab, Department of Biology, has an opening for a Research Associate starting as early as October 2014. We conduct research on how developmental mechanisms drive evolutionary novelty and diversity, particularly with regard to feeding strategies in nematode worms.

Responsibilities include general laboratory oversight (ordering supplies, maintaining equipment, etc.), maintenance of nematode cultures and frozen vouchers, molecular bench work (PCR, cloning, RNA extraction, etc.), and ultimately procedures for nematode transgenics. This position offers applicants an environment conducive to learning new experimental techniques and maturing scientifically.

We seek a friendly, self-motivated, meticulous, and intellectually curious individual with a bachelor's degree in biology or related field. Six months of laboratory experience is required, either as an undergraduate or research technician.

Salary will be commensurate with education and experience; benefits included. Initial appointment at 80% FTE (32 hours a week) with possibility of 100% FTE after six months.

Submit letter of interest, resume, and contact information for 3 references via email to Dee Verostko (dverostk@indiana.edu), using “Ragsdale Research Associate” as the subject line. The position is available immediately and will remain open until suitable candidates are identified. Direct inquires about the position may be addressed to Erik Ragsdale at ejragsda@indiana.edu.

(posted online 19 September 2014)


Research Associate

The Bloomington Drosophila Stock Center is seeking a Research Associate to participate in a project to map approximately two thousand mutations with interesting phenotypic effects to sequence-defined genes in Drosophila melanogaster. A minimum of five years of NIH funding is available for this project.

Responsibilities will include:

  • Organizing complex information to plan experiments, record results and analyze data
  • Undertaking complementation analyses with chromosomal deletions and duplications and, in a limited number of cases, recombination analyses with genetic markers to map mutations to increasingly smaller genomic regions
  • Associating mutations with sequence-annotated genes using functional tests against preexisting mutant alleles
  • Participating in collaborative efforts to sequence and annotate selected mutant strains
  • Undertaking limited phenotypic characterization of selected mutants
  • Utilizing public databases and the scientific literature to interpret results and plan follow-up experiments
  • Summarizing results for website and public database presentation

Candidates should have bachelor’s degree in biology or a related field with coursework in genetics and molecular biology. Candidates with advanced scientific degrees are encouraged to apply. Strong preference will be given to candidates with experience in Drosophila genetics and the planning of complex projects. Candidates must have well-developed communication skills and the ability to work independently with limited supervision. Most importantly, candidates must have exceptional and demonstrable organizational skills, because she or he will have primary responsibility for the planning, management, and reporting of an especially large number of genetic analyses.

Salary commensurate with experience. To apply, submit a letter of application and CV that lists the names and contact information for three references to https://indiana.peopleadmin.com/postings/1018 or Attn: Dee Verostko, 1001 E. Third St., Bloomington, IN 47405-3700. For Best Consideration apply by 09/30/2014.


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