Blog from December, 2011

Research Specialist

Position Title: Research Specialist (Associate or No-Prefix)
100% for the duration of 1 year

The Department of Biological Sciences at the University of Wisconsin–Milwaukee is currently seeking applicants for a full-time Research Specialist (Associate or No-Prefix) position. The expected duration of this position is for one year.
The Department of Biological Sciences is the principal life sciences department at one of North America’s premier urban research universities. We support internationally recognized research in diverse areas of biology from molecular and cell biology and microbiology to ecology and conservation biology. Our commitment to research excellence is the foundation of the Department's high-quality educational programs at the bachelor's, master's, and doctoral levels. We also provide scientific expertise that benefits the Southeastern Wisconsin community in several ways, including health and life sciences, business, industry, education, and the public.

The Research Specialist (Associate or No-Prefix) position’s primary function is to conduct developmental biology research in Dr. Jennifer Gutzman’s laboratory. This position manages the zebrafish animal facility and is responsible for the animal care, animal husbandry and facility maintenance. Additionally, this position is responsible for laboratory management (purchasing, record keeping, etc.), new employee training and research findings communications. Successful candidates will possess strong verbal written and verbal communication skills and strong problem solving skills.

Required skills
• Bachelor’s degree in Biological Sciences or related
• 1 year of laboratory research experience
• Ability to work independently with limited supervision
• Proficient with Microsoft Programs (Word, Excel, PowerPoint)

Desired Qualifications
• Master’s degree in Biological Sciences or related
• Experience with zebrafish care and research
• Experience with aquaculture and aquatic animal research
• Proficient with Adobe Photoshop and Illustrator
• Laboratory management experience
• Experience training laboratory personnel

You will need to apply online at and submit a resume and cover letter detailing your experience in the desired and required qualifications indicated above. You will also need to upload 3 professional references and a copy of your transcripts (official or unofficial under “Other Document 1”). The deadline to apply online is January 13, 2012.

Milwaukee is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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The University of Massachusetts Medical School, one of the fastest growing academic health centers in the country, has built a reputation as a world-class research institution, consistently producing noteworthy advances in clinical and basic research. The Medical School attracts more than $174 million in research funding annually, 80 percent of which comes from federal funding sources. UMMS is the academic partner of UMass Memorial Health Care, the largest health care provider in Central Massachusetts.
A postdoctoral position is available for a highly motivated candidate to develop artificial nucleases for targeted gene disruption in mosquitos and zebrafish. These studies will focus on developing and implementing new nuclease technologies to understand gene function in disease/pathogen related pathways that will lay a foundation for the development of new targeted therapeutics. The laboratory uses zebrafish as a model organism for two major projects: Developing tools for gene inactivation and modification in vertebrate systems and creating disease models of obesity, diabetes and atherosclerosis.

Candidates should possess a Ph.D. in biology, biochemistry, chemistry or a related biomedical science. In addition, the potential candidate must have strong oral and written communication skills and be prepared to present research results at national meetings. Prior experience with zebrafish and obesity/diabetes research is advantageous, but not required.

Major Responsibilities:
1. Generation and testing of artificial nucleases for targeted gene knockouts
2. Responsible for the maintenance of mutant and transgenic zebrafish lines
3. Genotyping/phenotyping mutant zebrafish

Experience Desired (not required):
1. Experience with zebrafish husbandry
2. Experience with obesity and diabetes animal models
3. Basic molecular biology techniques (PCR, Restriction Enzyme mediated cloning, Gel electrophoresis, Qiagen DNA miniprep)
4. Familiarity with protein-DNA recognition in zinc fingers or related systems

To Apply:
For consideration, applicants should send a letter describing their current research activities and their interest in this position, CV (including publications) and contact information for three references (including PhD advisor) to: (Please indicate Post Doc Requisition #21787 in the Subject Line

or via postal mail to:
Scot Wolfe
University of Massachusetts Medical School
Program in Gene Function & Expression
364 Plantation St., LRB Room 619
Worcester, MA 01605

Further details about the Wolfe laboratory can be found at:

Postdoctoral Position

One postdoctoral position is available to study the role of miRNAs in endothelial cells diversity and heterogeneity during Zebrafish vascular development.

Projects will utilize multidisciplinary approaches: RNA biology (Hits-Clip, miRNA and RNA deep sequencing profile), genetics (application of Zinc Finger Nuclease/TALEN to generate miRNA mutants) and finally vascular phenotypic characterization of zebrafish embryos.

Candidates must have excellent technical skills, an enthusiasm for using and developing new techniques, and the interpersonal skills to work within a diverse team of scientists. In addition to experimental work, the fellow will be expected to develop collaborations with others within the lab and with other labs, present findings regularly at departmental meetings and national/international scientific conferences and author papers and proposals - including applications for independent grant support. Experience with zebrafish is helpful but not required.

Qualified candidates should send a cover letter summarizing their research interests and future career aspiration, CV, description of past research accomplishments, along with contact information for at least 2 references.
Please email to:

Stefania Nicoli, Ph.D.
Section of Cardiovascular Medicine,
Yale University School of Medicine,
300 George St., New Haven, CT 06520-8017

Two postdoctoral positions are available to study mechanisms of vertebrate development and their evolution, with new NIH grants specifically funding investigations of post-embryonic, neural crest-derived stem cells, the morphogenesis of melanocytes and melanoma cells, and the development and evolution of the diverse adult pigment patterns of zebrafish and their relatives. Our lab employs a variety of approaches including forward genetics, time-lapse imaging, and next generation sequencing and analyses of new danio genomes. More information about the lab can be found at: More information about the outstanding research environment at the University of Washington can be found at:

Candidates for these positions should already have a Ph.D., or should be within one year of completing their doctoral research. Please mail or email a CV including a list of references to:

David M. Parichy, Ph.D.
Department of Biology
University of Washington
Kincaid 024a, Box 351800
Seattle, Washington 98195-1800

Postdoctoral Position

A postdoctoral position of up to 3 years, funded by the Leverhulme Trust, is available from 1 February 2012 to work with Dr Clare Baker ( on the mechanisms underlying the development of vertebrate electroreceptors, using North American paddlefish (Polyodon spathula) and channel catfish (Ictalurus punctatus) as model systems.

Applicants must have a PhD, a strong background in developmental biology, and molecular biology experience (ideally including: making cDNA, designing degenerate PCR primers, performing PCR, making antisense riboprobes, and performing in situ hybridisation). Experience working with standard anamniote model systems (zebrafish and/or Xenopus) is essential; experience working with non-standard anamniote model systems will be an advantage. The post also needs microinjection skills and histology skills (wax sectioning and cryosectioning). Experience in performing focal electroporation in anamniote embryos will be an advantage. The postholder needs to be highly self-motivated and able to work independently. Applicants must be prepared to spend up to 2 months (usually April and June) each year in the USA, to collect embryos and do experiments during the spawning seasons for paddlefish and catfish embryos.

Informal inquiries and applications, including a CV and the names of at least two referees, and the University's standard application form (CHRIS/6), Parts I and III only, obtained from: should be sent (preferably emailed) to Dr Clare Baker, PDN Anatomy Building, Downing Street, Cambridge CB2 3DY (

The University of North Texas (UNT) seeks candidates at the Associate or Full Professor level to join our growing Developmental Integrative Biology Research Cluster (DIB; comprising 9 faculty and more than 50 graduate students and post-doctoral fellows, recently targeted by the UNT administration for research cluster support. Areas of research should focus on developmental aspects of functional/comparative genomics, physiology, neuroscience, cell biology, endocrinology, or genetics, with expertise in the cardiovascular system, respiration, stress response, and/or metabolism. The candidate must have an established international reputation and an externally funded research program. Candidates are expected to interact with members of this cluster, which takes a comparative approach to developmental integrative biology and are expected to support the instructional and research goals of the university at both the undergraduate and graduate levels. Candidates will have a Ph.D. in Physiology or a related field and have previous teaching experience. This will be one of a number of new faculty positions recruited to the group over the next 2 years. Competitive start-up funding and salary will be provided. Laboratory space is available in the newly constructed 80,000 sq. ft. state-of the-art Life Sciences Complex. There are opportunities for interactions with researchers at nearby medical research centers such as the UNT Health Science Center in Fort Worth and the University of Texas Southwestern Medical Center in Dallas.

The University of North Texas has embarked on a major multi-year university initiative to hire new faculty and make significant infrastructure changes to enhance and expand research. UNT is seeking to fill multiple faculty positions, largely at the senior level, to join with existing faculty to build upon new and existing cross-disciplinary research clusters in strategically selected areas ( The new faculty members will have significant opportunities to shape expansion and growth of the clusters. UNT is located 35 miles north of both Dallas and Fort Worth and 26 miles north of DFW International Airport. UNT is the fourth largest university in Texas with over 36,000 students registered in 97 bachelors, 88 masters, and 40 doctoral degree programs. For further information, see,

For questions, contact Michael Hedrick, Search Committee Chair, at Applications will be reviewed beginning October 30th, 2011, and will continue until the search is closed. UNT is an AA/ADA/EOE.

All applicants must apply on-line at