Research Staff Positions on Functional Genetics of Nested Endosymbioses
Pennsylvania State University
Location: University Park, Pennsylvania
Type: Full Time
Salary: Commensurate with experience
Years of Experience:
2 - 4
3 openings available.
Open Positions on Functional Genetics of Nested Symbioses between Insects, Wolbachia, and Phage WO
The laboratory of Seth and Sarah Bordenstein (https://bordensteinlab.com) seeks several staff members (postdoc, staff scientist, research professor) to work as part of an experienced, diverse team focused on the rules of insect-microbe-phage endosymbiosis in Drosophila flies and Nasonia wasps. Key focal areas include genetics and mechanisms of how hosts control endosymbiont densities, how endosymbionts selfishly kill male embryos, and how baceriophage lyse endosymbiotic bacteria.
*Please see application instructions below and please read the cited papers below to identify specific areas of interest for your application.*
The Bordenstein lab in Pennsylvania State University at University Park has appointments in the Microbiome Center, Huck Institutes of the Life Sciences, and Departments of Biology and Entomology in the Eberly College of Science and College of Agricultural Sciences. Pennsylvania State University is an innovative hub of research with 16 National Academy of Science members, 24 campuses, numerous outdoor adventures, a thriving life sciences enterprise with centers and institutes, and 18 disciplines ranked in the top ten nationally for research expenditures.
Current Lab Research Directions:
· Genetics and mechanisms of Wolbachia-induced male killing using Drosophila melanogaster transgenics, cell biology, reproductive biology, microscopy, and multi-omics (PLOS Pathogens 2019, eLife 2021)
· Genomics and lytic functions of bacteriophages in animal endosymbionts using protein purifications, enzyme assays, cell culture, and transgenics in D. melanogaster (Nature Communications 2016, PLOS Genetics 2022)
· Functional genetics and cell biology of how animal hosts keep symbiont densities in check (Current Biology 2018)
Informal inquiries are welcome to firstname.lastname@example.org in a single pdf and must include (i) a cover letter that summarizes the relevant experience and specific reasons for interest in the research topics; with start date (ii) a CV that includes contact information for three+ references (name, position, mailing address, telephone number, and e-mail address) and (iii) your attached 1st authored publications, posters, or seminar slides to the pdf.
Applicants will have demonstrated ability to plan, execute, interpret, document, and troubleshoot multi-faceted independent research, and to collaborate effectively with members of a research team, multiple departments, and the campus-wide Microbiome Center. The successful candidate will excel in some of the following skills depending upon the project: computational biology, molecular biology for high throughput sequencing, statistics, mentoring junior members of the lab and campus community, major writing and organizational efforts for manuscripts and grants to grow and fund research, Drosophila melanogaster genetics, cell biology, and reproductive biology, Nasonia evolutionary genetics and host-microbe interactions, and communication/teaching to peers and the public through presentations, writing, and digital formats. Excellent organizational, presentation, scheduling, and verbal communication skills are required. A strong interest in professional development through the acquisition of new skills is ideal.
The Bordenstein laboratory endeavors to understand and disseminate the principles that shape interactions between animals, microbes, and viruses and the basic and translational outcomes of these interactions.