A Postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory led by Ricardo Mallarino, Department of Molecular Biology, Princeton University (www.mallarinolab.org). The lab focuses on uncovering the genetic and developmental mechanisms by which form and structure are generated during vertebrate embryogenesis. We combine the study of emerging and traditional model organisms to explore questions relating to patterning and evolution of novelty in the mammalian skin. The lab uses a variety of approaches, including experimental embryology, genetics, genomics, imaging, and mathematical modelling to uncover gene function and understand mechanisms of evolutionary change.
The lab is currently focusing on two model systems: striped rodents and gliding mammals. Available projects include:
- Spatial control of genes implementing stripe patterns
- Molecular mechanisms of stripe pattern specification
- Comparative genomics and evolution of pigment patterns
- Molecular mechanisms of gliding membrane formation and evolutionary genomics of gliding
While the position entails working on one of these areas, the candidate is expected/encouraged to take a leading role in the conceptual and experimental design of the project. In addition, there will be significant opportunities for pursuing original ideas that fall within the general focus of the lab.
Applicants with a strong background in developmental biology, genetics/genomics, and/or molecular/cell biology are encouraged to apply. A Ph.D. in these disciplines is preferred, however candidates holding a Ph.D. in other areas that have strong laboratory and/or bioinformatics skills will also be considered. Prior experience with experimental embryology, cell/tissue culture, and microscopy would be very beneficial. However, necessary training will be provided for a motivated candidate. Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to work independently or in collaboration are essential.
To apply for this position please submit a CV, a cover letter describing research interests, and contact information for three references who can comment on your research to rmallarino(at)princeton.edu. Applications will be reviewed promptly until the position is filled. Princeton University is an equal opportunity employer and complies with applicable EEO and affirmative action regulations.