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Saint Louis University, a Catholic, Jesuit institution dedicated to student learning, research, health care, and service, is seeking applicants for a post-doctoral position in the area of vertebrate cardiorespiratory physiology or bone biology to join the Laboratory of Comparative and Evolutionary Physiology in the Department of Biology.
This NSF–funded position focuses on understanding the physiological mechanisms underlying the extreme ability of painted turtles to survive complete oxygen deprivation (termed anoxia) for more than 5 months at 3°C. Anoxia is a condition the turtles experience while overwintering in ice-covered ponds. This tolerance also extends to warmer temperatures, where they can survive for more than 36 hours of anoxia at 20°C. This turtle species is the most anoxia-tolerant tetrapod known. Metabolic depression and the capacity to utilize the shell as an extracellular buffer are critical to the turtle’s survival.
The ideal post-doctoral fellow will develop a project related to the cardiorespiratory or metabolic adaptations of the turtle or to the physiology and mechanics of turtle bone. In addition, the fellow will participate in the laboratory’s educational outreach initiatives involving the St. Louis Zoo.
Minimum qualifications include a Ph.D., D.V.M., M.D., or equivalent. The most competitive candidates will possess the basic skill set of a physiologist, will be highly motivated, and will have a publication record.
Interested candidates must apply online at https://jobs.slu.edu; applications should include a curriculum vitae, list of references, and a cover letter outlining their qualifications for the position. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Saint Louis University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer (AA/EOE) and encourages nominations of and applications from women and minorities.
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