The Davies lab is recruiting a Postbaccalaureate Fellow to support primary research projects and tool development in an emerging laboratory model system, the highly regenerative flatworm Macrostomum lignano. We use these tractable research animals to study the regulation and behavior of adult pluripotent stem cells in different physiological contexts, including tissue homeostasis and regeneration. Ongoing projects seek to understand the lineage repertoire of adult pluripotent stem cells and how cell fate decisions are made.
The Postbaccalaureate Fellow will work collaboratively with senior lab members to: 1) maintain the Macrostomum breeding colony and transgenic stocks, 2) establish new transgenic lines, and 3) conduct independent experiments to test hypotheses about cell fate determination and lineage differentiation programs.
Applicants must possess good organizational, analytical, and communication skills. The applicant should desire to work as part of a collaborative, multidisciplinary research team. The Postbaccalaureate Fellow will be closely mentored by Dr. Davies and senior lab members in animal husbandry, research practices, laboratory techniques, experimental design, data analysis, oral and written communication of their work, and professional development.
A two-year commitment is required, with the expectation that the Postbaccalaureate Fellow will apply to graduate programs during year two of their appointment.
Qualifications and Job Details
Required and Preferred Skills
Applicants should have or be working towards completion of a B.A. or B.S., with relevant coursework in STEM disciplines.
Applicants should have prior independent research experience.
The successful candidate will be enthusiastic about conducting basic science research and developing transgenic tools, reagents, and resources for an emerging research organism.
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Contact Dr. Davies (email@example.com) to initiate a discussion about this postbaccalaureate research opportunity. Please attach a C.V./Resume to your email and the names and contact information for 3 professional references. Your email should provide a succinct explanation of why this training opportunity appeals to you, and how it will impact your learning and preparation for the next phase of your career.
Post-baccalaureate applicants will submit applications through the NIH Office of Intramural Training & Education (OITE) portal: https://www.training.nih.gov/research-training/pb/pb/.
Applicants must pass a federal background check.
Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the position is filled.