The Nakamura lab in Department of Genetics at Rutgers university has a postdoctoral position available. The long-term goal of Nakamura lab is to identify the genetic mechanisms underlying fish diversity and their contribution to the fish-to-tetrapod transition. We are particularly interested in how fish fin skeletons diversified and evolved into tetrapod limbs. To this end, we bridge functional genomics, genetics, and embryology using model and non-model organisms, including zebrafish, skates, and sharks. More information about ongoing research projects can be found on the lab website (http://nakamuralab.com/).
Candidates should have strong research records in any of the following areas: developmental biology, evolutionary biology, genomics, or other relevant fields. Our lab is a highly interdisciplinary environment, therefore, scientific curiosity and strong communication skills are necessary. Experience in zebrafish embryology, high-throughput sequencing, or bioinformatics data analysis is preferred, but not required.
Rutgers University is located in New Brunswick, NJ, which is only 45 minutes away from NYC by train. Many competitive research universities and institutes are in the Northeast area, offering remarkable opportunities for collaboration and research conferences. The Nakamura lab regularly visits the American Museum of Natural History (https://www.amnh.org/) and the Marine Biological laboratory (https://www.mbl.edu/) for the purpose of analyzing unique specimens and educating students.
Minimum Education and Experience:
Requirements for the position include Ph.D's degree in one of the following area – developmental biology, molecular biology, evolutionary biology, genomics, or related fields. The successful candidate will lead research projects to understand the genetic mechanisms underlying the fish-to-tetrapod transition or fish diversity (including cartilaginous fish). Extensive knowledge about molecular biology and passion for fish research are necessary. Experience in genomics (RNA-seq, genome-seq. etc.), paleontology, or comparative anatomy will be a plus, but is not strictly required. The candidate will most importantly demonstrate an ability to lead competitive research projects.
Physical Demands and Work Environment:
Able to stand, lift, bend. Able to occasionally lift and/or carry objects weighing up to 25 pounds. Able to reach and grasp with arms and hands. Work involves possible exposure to malodorous vapors and toxic chemicals. Long periods of standing and/or sitting.
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