Postdoctoral positions are available in the laboratory of Daniel T. Grimes, Institute of Molecular Biology and Department of Biology at the University of Oregon. The laboratory focuses on symmetry in the biological world.
We are a new lab opening in January 2019. We want to understand how some features of vertebrate bodies (like limbs and the skeleton) develop with left-right symmetry, while others (like the heart, liver, and gut) develop with striking left-right asymmetries.
We use zebrafish to address these fundamental questions of developmental biology. Our main techniques include genome editing, confocal and micro-CT imaging, genetics and genomics, single-cell sequencing, and more. Current projects include: understanding how mechanical flow signals are generated and sensed by cilia in left-right patterning, investigating Polycystin signal transduction, elucidating mechanisms by which the spine remains straight during growth. We also model human diseases of aberrant (a)symmetry including heterotaxia, scoliosis, and primary ciliary dyskinesia.
We offer the opportunity to work closely with the PI, and to help build and shape lab culture. Your career and manuscripts are important; we are committed to the mentorship and long-term success of our lab members. We also offer a high quality training in zebrafish development and genetics. Zebrafish research was founded at the University of Oregon. As such, we share a large state-of-the-art aquarium with labs that use the zebrafish for diverse science. There is no better place to work with zebrafish!
The Biology Department at the University of Oregon offers an exceptional environment and a broad range of research, great core facilities and close ties to the Knight Campus, a new $1-billion initiative that brings together engineers, biologists and computational scientists to address pressing biological questions.
We are looking for ambitious candidates who hold (or be due to complete) a relevant PhD and have evidence of excellent scholarship. Experience with confocal imaging is a bonus but previous experience with zebrafish is not essential. Candidates should be able to work independently, to implement new technologies, and be productive and collaborative.
The position is fully funded but the candidate will be expected to seek external funding opportunities during their tenure.
The candidate should email (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a cover letter describing their career goals, previous experience, scientific interests and reasons for applying, along with a CV. Informal inquiries are welcome (see grimes-lab.com/join-us-1).