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Postdoc position in integrative organismal biology in red squirrels
Jobs & Postdocs
Posted Jun 19
Postdoc Position in Animal Behavior, Ecology, and Evolution Available in Ben Dantzer Lab at University of Michigan
 
The Dantzer Lab at the University of Michigan is searching for a postdoc. We have broad interests and study a diversity of questions at the interface of animal behavior, physiology, ecology, and evolution. Most this work is empirical and performed in wild mammals. This is a very broad search and the postdoc would have a lot of freedom to establish their own research project. The ideal candidate would address one or more of these objectives and have skills (or be able to learn them) necessary to address those objectives:
 
  • Identify how early life stress/adversity affects hormone-receptor systems (titers, binding proteins, receptors, etc.) in red squirrels
  • Develop & use transcriptomics to identify how ecological stressors impact red squirrels
  • Develop biomarkers to study aging/senescence in red squirrels
  • Develop & refine bio-logging tools to record behavior of wild animals
  • Examine the link between the gut microbiome & sociality
  • Assist in our sequencing & annotation of the North American red squirrel genome
  • Examine basic questions in life history theory by exploiting the 30+ years of life history data that has been compiled by the Kluane Red Squirrel Project
 
This search is broad but we are primarily looking for integrative organismal biologiststhat have a keen interest in behavior. The above are just suggestions and if you have other ideas that you would like to explore, we are happy to consider them! Applicants should have a Ph.D. or nearing completion of their Ph.D. (by 2019) and have relevant research experience in behavior, ecology, evolution, physiology, etc. They should also be proficient in statistical analyses and data management to meet our mandate of doing reproducible science. Applicants should have some field research experience but this is not essential if you would like to do lab work or bioinformatics. The Dantzer Lab is a welcoming, safe, and inclusive group and we are committed to increasing diversity in science and academia. We strongly encourage applications from groups that are underrepresented in science/academia to apply for this position.

The postdoc would be based in Ann Arbor, MI but would also spend some time at the field site in the Yukon, Canada. This is a one-year position with the possibility of renewal pending satisfactory performance. If you are interested in applying for this position, please send Ben Dantzer (dantzer@umich.edu) an application (PDF) that contains the following info. This is an open search. Applications will be considered as they are received. Deadline is Aug 15.

1)    Explain what you would like to do in this postdoc & why
2)    Briefly describe your research interests, past research experiences, & skills 
3)    Briefly describe your commitment to diversity, equity, & inclusion in science
4)    CV with contact info for at least 3 references
5)    Indicate when you are available to start the postdoc