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RESEARCH SCIENTIST, Biology-Weissbourd Lab, to join a lab studying the neurobiology and behavior of a jellyfish, Clytia hemisphaerica, with the goal of finding principles of neural development and function in an outgroup to bilaterian animals. Will lead and contribute to a range of advanced projects, including molecular and cell biology, computational biology, and behavioral studies. The lab aims to establish Clytia as a powerful model organism for neurobiology, which will require applying cutting-edge techniques and developing novel research strategies in this species. Responsibilities include troubleshooting, evaluating, optimizing, and documenting experiments; designing and building transgene constructs, creating and maintaining transgenic jellyfish lines, and using them to generate large data sets and test key hypotheses; analyzing sequence data, including single-cell sequencing data and molecular phylogenetic datasets using R or other software; collaborating with lab members and other laboratories/core facilities; communicating and presenting project plans, results, and conclusions; training and mentoring students and staff; writing grant applications; and other duties as assigned.
REQUIRED: Ph.D. and postdoctoral training in a relevant scientific discipline, e.g., integrative biology, neuroscience, or genetics; experience analyzing next-generation sequencing data and practical knowledge of key concepts in molecular and cell biology; wet-lab skills, including molecular cloning, PCR, and generating transgenic and mutant lines in model organisms using CRISPR, Tol2, etc.; experience designing and conducting quantitative behavioral experiments, preferably in aquatic model organisms; strong analytical, problem-solving, interpersonal, and collaboration skills; interest in working independently and collaboratively; willingness to learn new fields/techniques; ability to rapidly advance an ambitious research program; track record of high-quality publications; and strong scientific writing skills, including manuscript and grant writing. Job #22264
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