Blog from September, 2017

Zantiks Ltd, Cambridge

Full-time maternity cover until September 2018 (potential permanent position at end of contract)

Based at the office on the Addenbrookes site, Cambridge, UK

Salary dependent on experience

Closing date: 20 October 2017


This is an exciting opportunity for a behavioural scientist who is keen to get away from the bench to help bring innovative solutions to behavioural researchers worldwide, in a role that involves both teaching to, and learning from, the scientific community. Zantiks was founded in 2014, and produces an ever-growing range of equipment that enables researchers to measure animal behaviour simply.

Ideally the candidate will have a first degree in psychology, behavioural neuroscience, biology or another degree that encompasses animal behaviour and preferably will have a PhD (or Masters degree) in behavioural neuroscience or similar. We are also interested in candidates with honours in other disciplines such as science engineering, computer science, and with an interest in behavioural neuroscience / animal behaviour.

With a deep interest in psychology and animal behaviour, the candidate will need to be highly motivated and proactive, computer literate and have excellent verbal and written communication skills. Special consideration will be given to candidates who have experience in conducting behavioural studies or have experience in programming and statistical analysis.

Daily tasks will require good people skills, strong organisational skills (including project management using a computerised management system), ability to understand customer needs and present technical information clearly.

Part of a small team, initially providing maternity cover, but with the potential for a permanent contract, you will be the lead contact for clients and potential customers, providing pre- and post-sale support and work closely with collaborating labs to ensure the company is up to date on the best use and potential developments required for all aspects of the equipment. The role includes contributing to the support content on the website, including video. Flexibility and willingness to attend local and international conferences to demonstrate the equipment is essential, as is the ability to give technical presentations to groups at scientific conferences and in university departments. The role requires problem solving, equipment testing, as well as providing technical support assistance to clients. The new team member will contribute to researching organisations and individuals online to develop new leads and potential new markets, as well as contacting potential customers via email and phone.

The new team member will work from our Cambridge office.

Applications should include a detailed CV and publication list as well as a brief statement of research experience and interests (maximum 1 page).

The closing date is 20 October 2017

For more information, an informal chat or to apply for the position please contact

The Division of Laboratory Animal Resources (DLAR) at the University of Pittsburgh has an opening for an Aquatics Facility Manager (position #0135537).  The position oversees and directs the daily operations and management of the DLAR 10,000 tank aquatics facility including the aquatic housing systems, husbandry practices, and animal care personnel in compliance with applicable regulations, policies, and procedures.


Primary responsibilities include:

  • Ensuring that institutional policies, DLAR guidance documents, AAALAC and OLAW standards, and other practices applicable to the provision of animal husbandry and care are adhered to at the facility level;
  • The supervision, direction, performance management, and professional development of assigned animal care personnel;
  • Ensuring that aquatic housing systems, mechanical tank washing equipment, and related facility equipment required for the daily provision of animal husbandry and care are functioning properly and maintained in good working condition and repair;
  • Assessing and responding to tank water quality monitoring alarms generated by the SCADA system and communicating the nature and resolution of critical alarms to research personnel;
  • Ensuring that static tank maintenance, feeding of special (non-standard) diets, tank changing procedures, and other procedures performed by research personnel are conducted in accordance with established practices and timelines;
  • Maintaining a standard 80% larvae survivability for wild type zebrafish;
  • Promoting effective communication and collaboration that foster and maintain productive working relationships with other DLAR leaders, investigators and research personnel, the IACUC, EH&S, and other entities involved with the animal care and use program.


Relevant education, training, experience, and skills include:

  • Minimum five years of experience in a large, shared zebrafish resource core facility managing the daily operations, supervising personnel, and supporting a variety of customers and research interests;
  • Demonstrated leadership qualities including excellent interpersonal and communication (verbal and written) skills and the ability to face and resolve conflict;
  • Master’s Degree relevant to the area(s) of responsibility;
  • Certification by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS) at the Laboratory Animal Technologist (LATG) level within 36 months of start date.


The review of applications will begin upon receipt and will continue until a suitable candidate is identified and the position is filled.  Salary is commensurate with experience.  Interested persons should apply online at by clicking on “Staff Positions” then entering “Aquatics Facility Manager” under Keywords. 


The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer.

Research Assistant / Associate, - Ref:1673802 


UCL Department / Division

Division of Infection and Immunity

Grades 6-7

Hours Full Time

Salary (inclusive of London allowance) Grade 6B £30,316 - £31,967 per annum; Grade 7 £34,635 - £41,864 per annum


Duties and Responsibilities

Applications are invited for a Research Assistant/Associate within the Division of Infection and Immunity at UCL in Dr Gillian Tomlinson's laboratory.

We are seeking a highly motivated individual interested in integrating cutting-edge human and zebrafish models to study the immunopathogenesis of tuberculosis. The post is funded by a Medical Research Council Clinician Scientist Fellowship entitled "Tuning the immune response in tuberculosis", and combines a human experimental tuberculosis challenge model with studies using Mycobacterium marinum infection of zebrafish to identify and validate host factors that calibrate a favourable immune response in tuberculosis.

The post-holder will be supervised by Dr Gillian Tomlinson based in the Cruciform Building at UCL. Dr Tomlinson works closely with Dr Mahdad Noursadeghi's and Professor Benny Chain's groups which study host immune responses to infectious diseases at genome-wide level with a particular focus on tuberculosis ( The zebrafish work will be supported by the fully managed world class research aquarium at UCL.

There is an established track record for department post-doctoral staff gaining personal fellowships. Independently minded and talented investigators will be encouraged and supported in seeking such fellowship support.

The post is available until 1st March 2020 in the first instance.


Key Requirements

Applicants must have an MSc (or equivalent degree) and/or a PhD (or equivalent degree) or about to be awarded in a relevant subject.

Candidates must be competent in molecular and cellular biology techniques including RNA and DNA extraction, qPCR, PCR, cloning and tissue culture. 

Appointment at Grade 7 is dependent on having been awarded a PhD. If this is not the case, initial appointment will be at research assistant Grade 6B (salary £30,316 - £31,967 per annum) with payment at Grade 7 being backdated to the date of final submission of the PhD thesis.

The post is available until 1st March 2020 in the first instance.


Further Details

To apply for the vacancy please click on the "Apply Now" button below.

A job description and person specification can be assessed at the bottom of this page.

For informal enquiries relating to the role, please contact Dr Gillian Tomlinson at 

For enquiries relating to the application process, please contact Isabel Lubeiro at

UCL Taking Action for Equality

Closing Date 31 Oct 2017, midnight UK time.

Latest time for the submission of applications 23:59 UK time

Interview date TBC

Our department holds an Athena SWAN Silver award, in recognition of our commitment and success in addressing gender equality.

This appointment is subject to UCL Terms and Conditions of Service for Research and Support Staff.


Please use these links to find out more about the UCL Terms and Conditions related to this job, employee benefits that we offer and further information about UCL.

Job Description & Person Specification

A postdoctoral position is immediately available in the Molofsky Lab in the Department of Psychiatry, University of California, San Francisco.  Our lab studies the roles of glial cells in developmental synapse formation with a particular interest in neuropsychiatric diseases including autism and schizophrenia. We seek a highly motivated candidate to spearhead a new project focused on zebrafish synapse development and the role of glial cells, including microglia, in this process. As a result of new funding, the candidate will (in collaboration with local zebrafish labs) have the opportunity to establish this model system in our group and to participate in disease relevant basic research that spans model systems.

The candidate should be passionate about basic science with a demonstrated publication record in a related field (neuroscience, immunology, neuroimmunology, developmental biology). Experience in molecular biology and high resolution imaging is preferred.  The lab is located at the Mission Bay Campus of the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF), among the world class neuroscience community of the San Francisco Bay Area. To apply, please send a brief email describing your interest in the position. Please include a curriculum vitae and names of three references, directed to: Anna Molofsky, MD/PhD

The Department of Biological Science at Florida State University invites outstanding applications for a tenure-track ASSISTANT PROFESSOR in the broadly-defined area of Developmental Biology. The Department is interested in individuals using any experimental system to understand fundamental developmental processes, including those of biomedical significance. Successful candidates are expected to establish an innovative, extramurally-funded research program and contribute to undergraduate and graduate education. The Department of Biological Science is a diverse and interactive group with 47 tenure-track faculty members, including scientific leaders in developmental genetics, epigenetics, chromosome biology, neuroscience, evolution, cell biology, structural biology and virology. Researchers have access to excellent facilities including a state-of-the-art imaging facility with a Titan Krios electron microscope, confocal live cell imaging and super-resolution 3D-SIM, as well as flow cytometry and mass spectrometry facilities, the Center for Genomics and Personalized Medicine and the National High Magnetic Field Laboratory.  For information about Florida State University’s Biology Department, visit our website at

Submit your application as a single pdf file to (JOB ID 42382). Include a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and research & teaching statements. Separately, enter names and contact information of three references who will be contacted by email and provided a system generated link to upload a confidential letter. Review of applications will begin on October 23, 2017 and will continue until the position is filled. Questions about the position should be directed to Prof. James M. Fadool:

FSU is committed to creating a diverse and inclusive community that is welcoming to all faculty, staff and students. As such, we strongly encourage applications from candidates who have a demonstrated commitment to fostering and promoting the values of diversity and inclusion. Florida State University is an Equal Opportunity/Access/Affirmative Action/Pro Disabled and Veteran Employer.

Tenure-Track Assistant/Associate Professor Faculty Position

Department of Biology

University of Miami, Florida


Developmental Biologist:  Applications are invited from outstanding scholars engaged in addressing fundamental questions in any area of developmental biology.  We welcome applications from candidates whose research would complement the existing strengths of our department and would be interested in contributing to cross-campus collaborations with other academic units at the University of Miami. Inquiries should be directed to the Search Chair at   

To be eligible for this tenure-track appointment at the Assistant/Associate Professor level, successful candidates must hold a PhD, have postdoctoral experience, are expected to develop vigorous, externally funded research programs and to teach at both undergraduate and graduate levels.  More information about the Department and University can be found at  Applicants should submit a cover letter that includes a description of potential interactions they foresee with faculty in the Department of Biology or other units at the University of Miami, a curriculum vita, two representative publications, a research statement, a teaching statement,  and the names of at least three references online to

To receive full attention application materials must be received by November 15, 2017.


The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity Employer, and Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities are especially encouraged to apply. Applicants and employees are protected from discrimination based on certain categories protected by Federal law.

Postdoctoral position to study Wnt signaling and embryonic cell polarity.


An NIH-funded postdoctoral position is available in the Sergei Sokol laboratory in the Department of Cell, Developmental and Regenerative Biology, Icahn School of Medicine at Mount Sinai, New York, to study Wnt signaling, the centrosome/cilia and cell polarity in Xenopus and zebrafish embryos, and mammalian stem/progenitor cells.  Genome editing and cell imaging analysis will be utilized to study cell polarization and migration during neural tube closure and the links between cell polarity and cell fate specification in the skin and the neural crest.  See the description of our interests at .

Preference will be given to highly motivated applicants with strong background in molecular and cellular biology, who published a first-author paper as a result of their graduate work.  Interested candidates may send their CV, list of publications and three references to Dr. Sergei Sokol  (

The Biology Department at the State University of New York at Fredonia has an opening for a tenure track position at the Assistant Professor level for a developmental biologist beginning in the Fall of 2018. The Biology Department at Fredonia has recently opened a new science center housing advanced molecular research tools including confocal and fluorescent microscopy, cell culture, and microinjection facilities. Candidates must possess a Ph.D. in a relevant molecular discipline by August 2018 and have a strong commitment to undergraduate teaching and advising. Postdoctoral research and teaching experience is expected, expertise in developmental neurobiology is preferred.  Ideal candidates will bring research expertise involving a model organism that lends itself to an active research program involving undergraduate students.  This research program must lead to grant applications and publication in peer reviewed journals.  Instructional responsibilities include courses in first year introductory biology, non-majors courses, upper-level developmental biology, and courses in the candidate's area of expertise.

A review of applications will begin October 16th, 2017 and will continue until filled.

The Department of Biology offers Biology, Molecular Genetics, Biology Adolescence Education, Medical Technology and Exercise Science programs at the undergraduate level, and Master’s degree programs (thesis and non-thesis).  The Biology Department is located in the beautiful Fredonia Science Center which opened in 2014.  In addition to funds for construction, $4.2 million was spent on new scientific equipment for these programs making them some of the best equipped in New York State.

For complete vacancy announcement, position description, qualifications, and to apply, please visit


Fredonia prides itself on an outstanding workforce. To continually support organizational excellence, the university conducts background screens on applicants.

An Affirmative Action, Equal Opportunity Employer, Fredonia provides for, and promotes, equal opportunity employment, compensation, and other terms and conditions of employment, without discrimination.

A postdoctoral or senior scientist position is available in the lab of Dr. David Parichy at University of Virginia to continue studies of macrophage–pigment cell interactions required for long-distance signaling during adult pigment pattern formation of zebrafish and related species (e.g., Science 355:1317, 2017; eLife, 4:e12401, 2015). Applicants should have experience with live imaging and modern developmental genetic methods, preferably using zebrafish. More information about the lab can be found at: Please send letters of enquiry with CVs and list of references to:

The laboratory of Dr. Katie Kathrein at the University of South Carolina Department of Biological Sciences has an opening for a postdoctoral research fellow.  Our research focuses on understanding how epigenetics and chromatin remodeling regulate stem cell function.  Using the hematopoietic system, we take a multidisciplinary approach to understanding stem cell biology by combining mechanistic experiments in both the zebrafish and mouse model systems with work in human progenitor blood cells for ChIP-seq and RNA-seq. Our overall goals are to find new mechanisms for improving stem cell function and to develop novel therapeutic approaches for cancer treatment. More information can be found here:



We seek a dynamic, responsible, collaborative individual to join our group.  Candidates must have recently obtained a PhD in a related field and have experience in cell and molecular biology techniques.  Experience working with mouse and/or zebrafish model systems is strongly preferred.  Experience with NGS data analysis a plus.  Primary responsibilities include experimental design, execution, analysis, and data presentation in a group setting.  The candidate must be able to work independently and collaboratively.  Compensation will be commensurate with qualifications and in accordance with University and NIH guidelines.


Please send an email with cover letter to if you are interested in the position.  Please attach a CV or biosketch with contact information for three references.

The School of Biological Sciences is seeking to appoint a dynamic individual wishing to pursue an academic career in genetics/genomics and/or developmental biology as a Senior Lecturer (Level C, equivalent to Assistant Professor), Associate Professor (Level D) or Professor (Level E).

Genetics/genomics and developmental biology should be interpreted broadly and may for example, include animal, plant or microbial biology and may encompass specific areas including, but not limited to, epigenetics/gene regulation, bioinformatics, cellular and developmental genetics, functional genomics, evolutionary developmental biology, molecular pathology, and reproductive biology.

The School of Biological Sciences, and Monash University as a whole, is a world leader in research and teaching and committed to providing a better future for the globe. The successful applicant will be housed in high-quality research facilities, provided with an attractive recruitment package and employment conditions, and given access to world class research infrastructure including: genomics and bioinformatics support, a broad range of high end microscopy, green houses, state of the art model organism facilities, antibody and recombinant protein production and histological services.

The School of Biological Sciences is committed to the provision of an equitable and supportive work place. The successful applicant will be activity mentored so as to ease the transition into the Australian research system.

The applicant should have:

  • an outstanding track record of excellence in research relative to opportunity
  • a demonstrated ability (or strong potential) to obtain external research funds
  • developed and delivered teaching materials or have the potential to develop such materials
  • excellent written and verbal communication skills
  • experience with supervision of higher degree by research students.

 Applicants will:

  • be innovative in and develop/lead successful research programs
  • be proactive in building funded research collaborations internally and with appropriate external partners
  • have the clear potential to excel in teaching activities at the undergraduate level and in postgraduate supervision.

This role is a full-time position; however, flexible working arrangements may be negotiated.

Senior Lecturer


Associate Professor or Professor

Postdoctoral Research Assistant - QMUL11942

Department: School of Biological & Chemical Sciences
Salary: £36,064 (Grade 5) 
Reference: QMUL11942
Date posted: 11-Sep-2017
Closing date: 12-Oct-2017

Job profile Apply online


A Postdoctoral Research Assistant position is available at Queen Mary University of London (QMUL) as part of a joint project between QMUL, University of Trento, Italy and the University of South California, USA funded by the Human Frontiers Scientific Program. The project ‘Imaging the neurobiology of numerosity- the evolution of counting’ seeks to use zebrafish as a model to unravel the neural basis of non-symbolic number cognition.

This particular research position will focus on the characterization of the ontogeny of numerosity discrimination in wild type and mutant zebrafish. You will work together with 2 PhD students and a post-doctoral scientist within the School of Biological and Chemical Sciences at QMUL under the direct supervision of Dr. Caroline Brennan, but will also closely collaborate with the research group of Profs. Giorgio Vallortigara and Scott Fraser at the Mind Brain Institute, Trento, and the Translational Imaging Centre, Los Angeles, respectively.

The candidate will be the leading zebrafish neuroscientist on the project and in charge of generation and characterisation of targeted loss-of function mutant lines.  You will provide mutant lines with differential behavioural abilities to partners for further behavioural and imaging analysis. The project aims at gaining a better understanding of the evolution and neural basis of human numerosity. The ideal candidate for this position should have a PhD in neuroscience. Experience in the generation of targeted loss-of –function mutants and zebrafish developmental analysis would be desirable. A track record of peer-reviewed publications is essential.

This is a full-time, fixed term post available for a period of 3 years. The start date is 1/12/2017. The starting salary is £36,677 per annum and is inclusive of London allowance. Benefits include 30 days annual leave, final salary pension scheme and an interest–free season ticket loan.

Candidates must be able to demonstrate their eligibility to work in the UK in accordance with the Immigration, Asylum and Nationality Act 2006. Where required this may include entry clearance or continued leave to remain under the Points Based Immigration Scheme.

Informal enquiries for further information are welcomed and may be made to Dr. Caroline Brennan, email: or Tel +44 (0)20 7882 6357

For further information about the School, please see

To apply, please click on the link below.

Application enquiries should be directed to 

The closing date for applications is 12 October 2017. Interviews will be held shortly thereafter.

Valuing Diversity & Committed to Equality


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The Biology Program at California State University, Channel Islands invites applications for a tenure-track faculty position in Genetics at the rank of Assistant Professor.

Applicants must have an earned Ph.D. in biology and post-doctoral experience. Please visit for a full job description and to apply.  Review of applications will begin in early September and continue until filled.

Postdoctoral Fellow-zebrafish vascular development


An NIH R01-funded postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Beth Roman in the Department of Human Genetics at the University of Pittsburgh. We use dynamic imaging of zebrafish and cell culture models to study the interplay between molecular and biomechanical pathways in the control of endothelial cell behavior in vascular development and disease. Our primary focus is on endothelial bone morphogenetic protein (BMP)/ALK1 signaling, which is disrupted in the genetic vascular disorder, hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia (HHT). We are looking for a productive, motivated scientist to determine how BMP/ALK1 signaling and mechanical force interact to control endothelial cell migration and prevent development of vascular malformations.

Qualified candidates must have a PhD in biology or other relevant field, a strong publication record, and excellent oral and written English communication skills.  Expertise in confocal and/or two-photon imaging and quantitative image analysis is strongly preferred. Previous experience with zebrafish and some understanding of biomechanics is desired. Interested candidates should send a brief cover letter (maximum 1-page) summarizing scientific accomplishments and outlining motivation for this position, a CV, and full contact information for three professional references to Dr. Beth Roman at

The University of Pittsburgh is a collaborative, collegial environment for biomedical research. Our laboratory is part of a large, interactive zebrafish community, and we are affiliated with the Heart, Lung, and Blood Vascular Medicine Institute (VMI), which houses numerous laboratories focused on basic and translational cardiovascular research. Our laboratory is also integral to the UPMC/Pitt HHT Center of Excellence, affording the opportunity to translate research findings to a clinical care setting. 

For more information, please see