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University of North Carolina at Charlotte: Postdoctoral position in genomics and transcriptomics of cnidarians (Reitzel Lab)

(posted 2018-06-25)

A postdoctoral position is available to study genetic diversity and gene expression in cnidarians in the lab of Adam Reitzel at the University of North Carolina at Charlotte.

Work in the Reitzel lab is focused broadly on the ecology and evolution of sea anemones. For this NSF-funded position, I am seeking a postdoctoral candidate to probe the genomic diversity and expression dynamics of venom genes in sea anemones from different populations and closely related species. Our goals are twofold: i) Determine the extent of genetic diversity of venom genes throughout a species range and over shallow evolutionary times; ii) Characterize differences in expression of these venom genes when these anemones experience different biotic and abiotic conditions.

Aspects of this work will primarily involve the anemone Nematostella vectensis, which has a broad geographic range in estuaries throughout North America. This project involves a direct collaboration with Dr. Yehu Moran’s lab (Hebrew University, Jerusalem) to understand the function and potency of these venom proteins on prey and predators. Depending on the candidate, the project may involve field work and wet lab work but the focus will be primarily on generation and analysis of high throughput sequence data. The selected candidate will have the opportunity to explore independent research directions during their time that contribute to a broader understanding of the evolution and ecology of marine invertebrates.

Applications are encouraged from individuals who have a Ph.D. or are nearing completion of their Ph.D. with experience in genome and transcriptome sequencing, annotation, comparative genomics and genome evolution. Interest or experience in venom research are desirable but not required. Top candidates will have a strong track record of research productivity and interest in collaborative science.
As an EOE/AA employer and an ADVANCE Institution that strives to create an academic climate in which the dignity of all individuals is respected and maintained, the University of North Carolina at Charlotte encourages applications from all underrepresented groups.
The candidate chosen for this position will be subject to criminal background check.
The candidate chosen for this position will be required to provide an official transcript of their highest earned degree.

Candidates should submit their applications through the UNC Charlotte website: Candidates will submit cover letter, a detailed curriculum vitae, copies of two publications, and names and contact details for three references. If you have questions, please contact Dr. Reitzel at: with the subject line "Postdoc Applicant" .

Start Date and Project Duration
The start date is ideally July 2018. The position is fundedfor one year at least and potentially longer depending on progress.

Adam Reitzel, Ph.D.
Department of Biological Sciences
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
Charlotte, NC 28223