Post-doctoral Fellow in Comparative Animal Physiology - Saint Louis University in St. Louis Missouri

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Saint Louis University

St. Louis, Missouri

United States

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Detailed Job Description

Saint Louis University, a Catholic Jesuit institution dedicated to student learning, research, health care, and service is seeking, in the laboratory of Comparative and Evolutionary Physiology, to hire a post-doctoral fellow in the area of vertebrate cardiorespiratory physiology or physiological genomics. Our laboratory is presently funded by an NIH grant and will soon be funded by a five-year NSF grant. Qualified applicants should have a Ph.D., D.V.M, M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent, and be highly motivated with a publication record. The most competitive candidates are expected to possess the basic skill set for studies in the physiological sciences, including animal surgeries and molecular techniques. The main responsibility of the post-doctoral fellow will be to lead the laboratory's physiological genomics studies, as well as contribute to other ongoing projects in the laboratory. Therefore, additional experience using genomics analysis tools such as Trinity, TopHat, Cufflinks, Galaxy, and Partek is desirable, but not required. A willingness to learn such programs is a requirement, however.

A starting salary will be commensurate with experience and benefits are included. The position will be funded for four years. Start date is flexible, but will not be earlier than October 1, 2013.

Our research program is directed at understanding the physiological mechanisms underlying the extreme ability of adult painted turtles to survive complete oxygen deprivation (termed anoxia) for more than 3 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 more than 36 hours of anoxia at 20°C. This turtle species is the most anoxia-tolerant tetrapod known.

The post-doctoral fellow will lead a project to examine the transcriptomic response of turtle heart in response to cold-acclimation and anoxia using RNA-seq methodologies. They will also investigate the effects of development by comparing the transcriptomic response of adults with hatchlings, which are less tolerant of anoxia. In addition, the fellow will participate in the laboratory's educational outreach initiatives involving the St. Louis Zoo.

All applications must be made online at Questions may be directed to:

Daniel E. Warren, Ph.D.
Assistant Professor of Biology
Saint Louis University
Macelwane Hall 228
Cell Phone: 314.996.9830
Office Phone: 314.977.2043
Fax: 314.977.3658

Saint Louis University is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer, and encourages nominations and applications of women and minorities.

Recruiting Range

Commensurate with experience

Keyword Phrases

  • Biology
  • Embrace inclusion in diversity
  • Jesuit institution
  • Research University
Employment Type:Post-Doc and Graduate Assistants
Degree Required: See Job Description
Experience: See Job Description
Level of Job: Post - Doctorate
Salary: See Job Description
Type of School:Research University
Application Requirements: CV/Resume
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