Thanks to funding from the Gordon and Betty Moore Foundation's Symbiosis in Aquatic Systems Initiative (#9323), the Bolnick lab is embarking on a collaboration with Dr. Rebecca Carrier and Dr. Sam Scarpino at Northeastern University, Dr. Natalie Steinel at the University of Massachusetts Lowell, and Dr. Katherine Milligan-Myhre at the University of Alaska Anchorage. We will develop a microfluidics gut-on-a-chip system to enable mechanistic study of the interactions between a small fish, threespine stickleback (Gasterosteus aculeatus), and its native gut microbiota.
DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES
The postdoc will work primarily in the Bolnick Lab at the University of Connecticut, but will frequently collaborate with and visit the other research groups on the team, and work closely with a second postdoc based at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. The postdoc will work on improving methods to maintain primary cell cultures of stickleback gut epithelium and immune cells, kept alive on microfluidic gut-on-a-chip system developed in the Carrier Lab. These cells will be observed during interaction with sticklebacks' gut microbiota (form the Milligan-Myhre lab), and assayed for cell activity using methods developed with the Steinel Lab, and statistical approaches developed in the Scarpino Lab. The postdoc's tasks will include experiments to evaluate cell culture methods, manuscript preparation, presentations at scientific conferences, and some limited animal care.
Applicants should have a PhD in genetics, immunology, cell biology, or a closely related field
Prior experience with cell culture
Previous research experience and publications should demonstrated a commitment to basic research, good work ethic, lab skills, organizational ability, and publication productivity
Expertise in CRISPR/cas9 gene editing, RNAi, or other experimental genetic manipulations
Experience with flow cytometry
The position is for one year with the possibility of renewal of up to 27 months. The Postdoctoral Research Associate should be able to start in late summer 2020, exact dates to be negotiated with the Principal Investigator (PI).
Starting salary will be $52,704 plus excellent health benefits.
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