Blog from October, 2017

The Department of Biology at Colorado State University (Fort Collins, Colorado) is recruiting a new tenure-track faculty member at the rank of ASSISTANT PROFESSOR who is addressing fundamental questions in biology using computational, quantitative and/or theoretical approaches. Relevant areas of interest include (but are not limited to) genomics/metagenomics/epigenomics, systems biology, synthetic biology, population genetics, epidemiology, ecological or evolutionary modeling/theory, and/or quantitative ecology. We envision an independent researcher who will develop a strong, extramurally-funded research program in one or more of these areas of inquiry. In particular, we are seeking applications from scientists who are interested in working in a highly collaborative department and are enthusiastic about teaching at both the undergraduate and graduate levels and contributing to the outreach mission of Colorado State University.

DEPARTMENT: The Department of Biology at Colorado State University (CSU) is one of eight departments in the College of Natural Sciences. The Department has a strong commitment to research and undergraduate and graduate teaching. The Department is home to about 1,550 undergraduate majors, 115 graduate students, 35 postdoctoral fellows, 10 non-tenure track faculty, and 30 regular faculty members. Research interests range from molecules to ecosystems. The successful candidate will be housed in a state-of-the-art biological sciences facility that opened in 2017. For more information about the Department, please visit:

RESPONSIBILITIES: This tenure-track position involves research (45 percent), undergraduate and graduate teaching (45 percent), and service/outreach (10 percent). The successful candidate will be expected to develop an extramurally funded and innovative research program, and to advance the department’s commitment to diversity and inclusion through research, teaching and outreach with relevant programs, goals and activities. The position involves training PhD- and MS-level graduate students, as well as teaching undergraduate and graduate courses in the candidate’s area of expertise and in the department’s core curriculum.

REQUIRED QUALIFICATIONS: Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Biology or a related field by the time of their application and a research program in computational, quantitative and/or theoretical biology as demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals.

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Postdoctoral experience, intellectual leadership, evidence of successful grant writing, broad background in computational/quantitative/theoretical techniques, biologically-based research program, teaching/mentoring experience, engagement in service/outreach/inclusivity activities, and experience working in a collaborative setting.

EMPLOYMENT CONDITIONS: This is a nine-month, full-time position. Salary and start-up funds will be commensurate with education and experience at the rank of Assistant Professor.

DATES AND RECORDS: The computational, analytical, and/or theoretical biology position will be available as early as August 15, 2018. Screening of applications will begin November 20, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

TO APPLY, please submit an application consisting of a cover letter, current CV, statement of teaching philosophy (1-2 pages), statement of research (2-3 pages), and up to three representative publications and/or in-press manuscripts by November 19, 2017 to

Reference letter writers will be contacted immediately upon submission of application and will receive an email with a link to submit their letter. Reference letters must be received by November 26, 2017.

For full consideration, applications must be complete including reference letters by November 26, 2017. No mail-in applications or letters will be accepted.

Application materials of finalist candidates, including letters of reference, will be made available for review by the entire tenure-track faculty of the Department of Biology.

Inquiries concerning the position should be addressed to:
Melinda Smith, Professor and Chair of the Computational, Analytical and Theoretical Biologist Search Committee, E-mail:

Inquiries concerning the application should be addressed to:
Meagan Taverner, Office Manager and Computational, Analytical and Theoretical Biologist Search Staff. E-mail:

INTERDISCIPLINARY DEGREE PROGRAMS AT CSU: CSU provides a highly dynamic and interactive environment with opportunities to collaborate with faculty across the campus via several interdisciplinary graduate programs, including: the Cell and Molecular Biology Graduate Degree Program (, the Molecular, Cellular and Integrative Neurosciences Program (, the School of Biomedical Engineering Program (, the Program in Molecular Plant Biology (, and the Graduate Degree Program in Ecology ( ).

The CSU initiatives in science education are very broad including the College of Natural Sciences Education & Outreach Center (, CSU STEM center (, School of Global Environmental Sustainability (, and the School of Education (

UNIVERSITY AND LOCAL ENVIRONMENT: Colorado State University has a total enrollment of more than 33,000 full-time students. The campus is located in Fort Collins, a city of 165,000 residents 60 miles north of Denver along the beautiful front range of the Rocky Mountains. Other major employers in the community are Hewlett-Packard, Advanced Energy, Intel, Otter Products, UC Health, Woodward, New Belgium Brewing Company, and Anheuser-Busch. There are also several state and federal research agencies in Fort Collins that contribute to the intellectual environment of the university. The University of Colorado in Boulder, the University of Colorado Denver | Anschutz Medical Campus, and the University of Wyoming in Laramie are all within a one-hour drive. In addition to the many and varied cultural activities sponsored by the university, the community offers a center for performing arts, a symphony orchestra, repertory theater, choral society, and dance company. Rocky Mountain National Park and Roosevelt National Forest are within 30 miles of Fort Collins. Fort Collins has an excellent school system, and is consistently ranked in the Top 10 best places to live [].

Colorado State University is committed to providing an environment that is free from discrimination and harassment based on race, age, creed, color, religion, national origin or ancestry, sex, gender, disability, veteran status, genetic information, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or pregnancy and will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. Colorado State University is an equal opportunity/equal access/affirmative action employer fully committed to achieving a diverse workforce and complies with all Federal and Colorado State laws, regulations, and executive orders regarding non-discrimination and affirmative action. The Office of Equal Opportunity is located in 101 Student Services.

The Title IX Coordinator is the Executive Director of the Office of Support and Safety Assessment, 123 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523 -2026, (970) 491-7407.

The Section 504 and ADA Coordinator is the Associate Vice President for Human Capital, Office of Equal Opportunity, 101 Student Services Building, Fort Collins, CO 80523-0160, (970) 491-5836.

Colorado State University (CSU) strives to provide a safe study, work, and living environment for its faculty, staff, volunteers and students. To support this environment and comply with applicable laws and regulations, CSU conducts background checks. The type of background check conducted varies by position and can include, but is not limited to, criminal (felony and misdemeanor) history, sex offender registry, motor vehicle history, financial history, and/or education verification. Background checks will be conducted when required by law or contract and when, in the discretion of the university, it is reasonable and prudent to do so.

Research Associate I (Neonatology)


We are looking for a talented molecular biologist with expertise in zebrafish and primary cell culture model systems. Expertise in protein chemistry will be considered a plus. The environment is result oriented, and opportunities for growth exists based on performance. We are a vascular biology lab ( with interest in problems associated with vascular patterning. Multi-tasking skills and can do attitude will serve as an asset in this environment. If interested, please apply at:

Please click here for more information and to apply!


Under minimal supervision, use fundamental concepts, practices, and procedures of particular field of specialization to perform complex scientific research.

Primary Functions

Design and perform lab procedures and experiments with minimal supervision.

Manage and operate lab equipment.

Train new employees in lab procedures.

Participate in meetings with principle investigator and research staff and evaluate/interpret the validity of data, develop methodologies, evaluate lab procedures.

Retrieve information from library and computerized databases; assist in preparation of manuscripts and presentations.

Introduce new techniques in lab.

Maintain supplies, may negotiate with vendors, track purchase orders.

Maintain equipment, perform/supervise repairs and update computer hardware and software.

Perform animal work related to fish and mice, and manage animal protocols for the program

Able to collect, and process human samples for vascular biology research

Other duties as assigned

Organizational Structure

Department:  Pediatrics                  

Division: Neonatology                    

Reports to (Title):  Professor





Position Requirements:

Minimum Required Education:               Master’s degree

Minimum Required Experience:              No experience required

Preferred Education:  Biology major desired

Preferred Experience: n/a

Field: molecular biology, protein chemistry and vascular biology

Certification: Not required 

Knowledge – Skills – Abilities

Knowledge of biology, chemistry, mathematics, documentation, and records management. Animal protocol awareness is a plus.

Data utilization, complex problem solving, critical thinking, resource management, and writing skills.

Ability to work independently with little direction. Well-developed organizational skills and ability to multi-task and meeting deadlines.


Please click here for more information and to apply!


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This is a posting for a Zebra Fish Animal Technician II or III; final position will be determined based on final candidate's experience.


A position for a highly motivated full-time animal technician II or III is available in the zebrafish facility in the Office of Animal Care at the Seattle Children's Research Institute. The zebrafish facility consists of around 300 tanks and a doubling of the capacity for the zebrafish facility is planned within the next 3 years with the opening of our new building in downtown Seattle-Building Cure. Come join the Seattle Children's team!


Work tasks and responsibilities

The primary tasks in the position are animal care and husbandry, equipment and water testing and technical support. In addition to zebra fish experience, the incumbent should have laboratory animal experience or must be willing to learn how to handle other laboratory animals, as your weekend shifts will include monitoring and husbandry procedures in other laboratory animals. Will require a weekend shift every sixth week.


Animal care and husbandry of zebrafish:

•Feeding (preparing artemia, brine shrimp, and deciding feeding regime according to size and age)

•Daily monitoring of animal health and if necessary initiate appropriate actions


Equipment and water testing:

•Daily and weekly checks of water parameters

•Maintenance tasks of the water treatment system

•Cleaning, washing and disinfection of tanks and other equipment

•Collaborating and coordinating water treatment system preventative maintenance with building & engineering.


Responsibilities in support and communication:

•Timely communication (facility orientations/training, meetings, e-mails) with researchers about their animals and experiments

•Assisting the researchers on request with different tasks (setting up breeding, isolating and incubating embryos, fin clipping etc.)

•Ordering of supplies and other administrative tasks

•Determining the content in relevant Standard Operation Procedures and in training of animal care staff who will work in the facility as back-up.

•Capable of communicating with faculty, animal staff, and engineers


Internal Description 

Minimum Requirements Animal Tech II


•Minimum two years of experience as an animal technician; to include experience in a zebrafish core facility, and supporting a variety of research interests: feeding hatchlings, juvenile and adult fish, setting-up matings, collecting eggs, baby nursery and cleaning of aquaria as well as other equipment used for the housing of laboratory animals

• Ability to lift/move up to 50 pounds.

• Computer skills appropriate for the position including the ability to utilize common applications (e.g., email, Word, Excel) and the OAC animal management system eSirius3G.


• Working knowledge of the Animal Welfare Act and Regulations, the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and the PHS Policy.


Animal Tech III


•Minimum five years of experience as an animal technician; to include experience in a zebrafish core facility, and supporting a variety of research interests: feeding hatchlings, juvenile and adult fish, setting-up matings, collecting eggs, baby nursery and cleaning of aquaria as well as other equipment used for the housing of laboratory animals

•Strong working knowledge of all aquatics facility functional areas and operations including recirculating housing systems, biosecurity and quarantine practices, and mechanical systems equipment.• Working knowledge of the Animal Welfare Act and Regulations, the Guide for the Care and Use of Laboratory Animals, and the PHS Policy.

• Ability to lift/move up to 50 pounds.

• Computer skills appropriate for the position including the ability to utilize common applications (e.g., email, Word, Excel) and the OAC animal management system eSirius3G.


Preferred Qualifications

•Bachelor's degree and 5-6 years of experience, including technical/scientific services

•Expertise with genome editing using CRISPR/Cas9, and in single cell microinjections to create transgenic zebrafish lines is preferred

•Certification by the American Association for Laboratory Animal Science (AALAS)


Please apply at

Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Visual Neuroscience of Zebrafish. 


A post-doctoral position funded by the Wellcome Trust is available in the laboratory of Leon Lagnado to study the synaptic basis of information processing in the visual system of zebrafish. Fluorescent reporters of synaptic transmission and neural activity will be used to investigate the output that the retina provides to higher visual centers.


We are an active research group housed in newly refurbished labs in the Neuroscience Centre, which houses a number of groups using imaging and electrophysiology to study neural circuits involved in sensory processing. Sussex has a large and active neuroscience research community (


The School of Life Sciences is at the forefront of research in the biological sciences in the UK, coming 8th in the REF 2014. 


Applicants must have a Ph.D and research experience in experimental neuroscience. Experience in visual neuroscience or the analysis of neural circuits would be a distinct advantage, as would skills in one or more of the following areas: electrophysiology, multiphoton imaging in vivo, image analysis and computer programming.


More about the laboratory and our previous work can be found at: Informal enquiries are encouraged and should be made to Leon Lagnado (


Formal application is through the University of Sussex website:  The closing date has been extended to 31st November.


The Parichy lab in Department of Biology at the University of Virginia invites applications for a post-doctoral Research Associate position. The applicant will 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). More information about the lab can be found at: 

A Ph.D. in Biology or a related discipline by appointment start date is required. Applicants should have experience with live imaging and modern developmental genetic methods, preferably using zebrafish. 

This is a one-year appointment; however the position may be renewed up to an additional two, one year appointments contingent upon satisfactory performance review and availability of funding.

To apply, please submit a candidate profile on-line through Jobs@UVA ( and attach the following: a cover letter, curriculum vitae (CV), and the contact information for three references; Search on posting number 0621939.

Review of applications will begin November 2, 2017; the position will remain open until filled. 

Questions regarding this position should be directed to:

David M. Parichy


Questions regarding the application process should be directed to:

Michelle Atwell



The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to making a final offer of employment.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply. 


We are looking for students interested in pursuing a Ph.D. investigating the mysteries of cardiovascular development and disease

in zebrafish


Our research seeks to investigate the fundamental question of how

cardiac cells sense and respond to the environment during development

and disease. Focusing on tissue interactions we seek to understand the

mechanisms underlying the regulation of morphogenic and identity

transformations that occur during development and disease. We use the

assembly of the heart tube in zebrafish as our model with which to

elucidate these mechanisms. Some of the specific research questions we

are interested in investigating include, but are not restricted to:

how multiple tissues interact to regulate large movements? How

intercellular adhesions are tuned during collective movements? How

lumen formation is intrinsically and extrinsically encoded? and How

the plasticity of cardiovascular identity is regulated? These

challenging questions require we take an interdisciplinary approach,

combining the genetic and imaging strengths of zebrafish with both

biomechanical and systems-level methodologies.


Are these the type of difficult challenges that excite you? We are

recruiting graduate students to join our laboratory. Contact Josh

directly at


-More information about the laboratory can also be found at


-For more information about our graduate program including rotations

please see


Lysosomes in Health and Disease



A postdoctoral position is available in the Cell Biology and Physiology Center (Rosa Puertollano, PI) at the National Heart, Lung and Blood Institute, National Institutes of Health. The successful candidate would join a multi-disciplinary and highly interactive team of researchers with diverse backgrounds and expertise in a collaborative scientific environment. We are interested in understanding the contribution of lysosomes to different physiological processes, both in normal and pathological conditions. Current projects include the study of endo/lysosomal TRP channels, the characterization of the role of mTOR and TFEB in lysosomal biogenesis and nutrient sensing, and the elucidation of new approaches for the treatment of lysosomal storage disorders. We use a wide range of cell biology techniques (molecular biology, protein biochemistry, confocal microscopy) as well as in vivo animal models (mouse and zebrafish). The laboratory has recently generated several zebrafish mutant lines carrying mutations in genes associated with lysosomal diseases and regulation. The Postdoctoral Fellow will be responsible for planning, initiating and conducting experiments with zebrafish to further characterize these lines. Prior experience in zebrafish biology, gene editing, and familiarity with high-throughput chemical screening assays is preferred. For more information, please visit:



Applicants must have a Ph.D. or equivalent with less than five years of postdoctoral experience, an ability for independent research, a strong interest in interdisciplinary approaches and collaborations, and relevant publications in peer review journals. Salary is commensurate with research experience and accomplishments


To Apply:

Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interests, and the names and contact information of three references to:


Rosa Puertollano Ph.D.

Senior Investigator–Laboratory of Cell Biology

Building 50, Room 3537

50 South Drive, Bethesda, MD 20892-1454, USA





The NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.


Job Summary

Responsible for day-to-day operations of a multiuser, Zebrafish and aquatic frog facility, as well as long-term maintenance and management in cooperation with the principal users. This position will report to both the Chair of Molecular and Cellular Developmental Biology and the Managing Director of Campus Animal Care.


  • Daily operation and upkeep of the facility including feeding, monitoring water conditions and colony health, stock maintenance, and staff training
  • Coordination of regulatory and compliance activities
  • Oversite to facility access, training of facility users
  • Breeding and stock maintenance
  • Creation and maintenance of SOPs, manuals, and novel techniques
  • Document and Log new stocks from the nursery
  • Direct work of students and temporary staff
  • Track and compile nursery viability rates
  • Perform routine and non-routine facility maintenance
  • Assist Facility users with routine Facility operations and occasional experiments
  • Emergency availability: Occasional after-hours emergency availability to respond to health and environmental situations as they arise
  • Record data, summarizes, and analyzes results using basic statistics
  • Prepares laboratory reagents, chemicals, instruments, and equipment
  • Maintains supplies inventory in accordance with departmental procedures

Required Qualifications*

  • Bachelor Degree or equivalent level of related research animal experience
  • Able to function independently and show initiative in keeping up-to-date on the latest developments in Zebrafish husbandry.
  • Strong skills in data management and organization
  • Two years of experience in providing direct care to aquatic species in a laboratory or equivalent environment.

Desired Qualifications*

  • Experience in direct management of an aquatics facility in a laboratory setting
  • Specialized training in aquaculture
  • Able to work well with multiple Facility users with varying levels of expertise, including students, fellows, faculty, and staff.
  • Experience with software used for data management, such as Microsoft Excel or other database software

Work Schedule

Monday – Friday 40hrs/ some weekends/holidays

Background Screening

Michigan Medicine conducts background screening and pre-employment drug testing on job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent job offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background screenings.  Background screenings are performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Report Act.

Mission Statement

Michigan Medicine improves the health of patients, populations and communities through excellence in education, patient care, community service, research and technology development, and through leadership activities in Michigan, nationally and internationally.  Our mission is guided by our Strategic Principles and has three critical components; patient care, education and research that together enhance our contribution to society.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.

Kenneth N Wallace, Ph.D., Associate professor of Biology at Clarkson University, is looking for a college student looking to apply to graduate school who qualifies as underrepresented minority in science, to work towards a Ph.D. degree in his lab (once accepted to the Clarkson Interdisciplinary Bioscience and Biotechnology Ph.D. program,IB&B, to be supported by an NIH Diversity supplement to his grant.  The NIH Diversity supplement will be co-written by both the student and mentor (Dr. Wallace). Therefore, a strong, competitive candidate will be chosen.  If awarded, the graduate student will be supported through the duration of the parent grant. The NIH Diversity supplement will allow the student to concentrate on his/her thesis project as he/she will not work as a teaching assistant for the duration of this award.

Dr. Wallace's research interests and potential projects can be found in the Clarkson Biology webpage, The main focus of the laboratory is investigation of regulation of the developing intestinal stem cell compartment using the zebrafish model system. We have identified cells that participate in regulation of the mitotic activity of the immature stem cell compartment. These regulatory cells may also play a role in maturation of the stem cell compartment into the adult form.

Interested students should send their CV, personal statement, GRE scores if available, college transcripts, and the name and contact information (email addresses) of two references to ASAP and no later than November 15th 2017.  Early responders are strongly encouraged.  Interested candidates should plan to apply to the IB&B PhD program at Clarkson University.  College seniors are strongly advised to contact Dr. Wallace ASAP if interested in this opportunity.

Kenneth N. Wallace, Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Department of Biology
Office: Science Center 165
Lab: Science Center 172
Phone: (315) 268-4498
Clarkson University
8 Clarkson Avenue
Potsdam, NY 13676

The Ohio State University Department of Biological Chemistry and Pharmacology is holding a search for a tenure-track Assistant Professor working in the zebrafish model. We are seeking applications from candidates working in neurodegeneration and/or in areas that complement existing departmental strengths in motor neuron disorders, neuromuscular biology, RNA biology, and epigenetics. The successful candidate will have a lab on the same floor as three other zebrafish groups (Sharon Amacher, Christine Beattie, and James Jontes) and will share a newly-renovated fish facility. Please spread the word and share this email with qualified candidates from your lab and/or institution and encourage them to apply. Applications are due next month, by November 15th. Click here for the advertisement posted in Science. Click here to apply.