A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. David Matus at Stony Brook University to investigate symbiotic and developmental processes with Selective Plane Illumination Microscopy. We have recently received funding for three years of postdoctoral support to develop protocols for extensive in vitro and in vivo imaging of cell invasion processes with a focus on the tissue and cellular entry of endosymbiotic algae as they enter their spotted salamander embryo hosts (Ambystoma maculatum). This work is funded by the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation in collaboration with researchers from Columbia University, The American Museum of Natural History, and Gettysburg College (see Shelf Life Episode 11). The project will combine molecular biology, embryology, cell biology, and extensive light sheet imaging. Preferred candidates will have backgrounds in light sheet and/or confocal microscopy as well as an interest in advanced imaging methods and the intersections of cell and developmental biology with ecology and evolution. Opportunities will exist to develop projects and assist in advanced imaging using C. elegans and zebrafish as well. My laboratory is a part of a modern and well-equipped Department of Biochemistry and Cell Biology at Stony Brook University on Long Island, NY. For further information on our work, please see the following publications on techniques, cell invasion, and the symbiosis.
To apply, please send a letter of interest detailing your expertise, CV and names and contact information of three references to david.matus AT stonybrook.edu. You can also apply directly through the Stony Brook University Human Resources portal here or by searching for position #1702902 at the Stony Brook HR site.