Blog from July, 2018

A postdoctoral research position is available at the National Institute on Deafness and other Communication Disorders (NIDCD) at the National Institutes of Health (NIH). Our laboratory is located in multi-disciplinary Neuroscience Research Center on the main NIH campus in Bethesda, MD.

Our group utilizes the zebrafish model system to study hair cells, the sensory receptors for hearing and balance. Specifically, we use this in vivo model to understand the functional and developmental processes that regulate hair-cell synaptic transmission. We utilize optical indicators to examine hair-cell function and CRISPR technology understand genes required for proper synapse formation and function.

NIH intramural postdoctoral fellows have an opportunity to apply for K99/R00 awards to expedite their transition and fund independent research positions in the extramural community.

View publications:

Skills and Qualifications:

We are seeking a motivated scientist with:

  • PhD and/or M.D in Neuroscience or related discipline
  • Preferred expertise electrophysiology, programing or advanced microscopy.


How to Apply:

If interested, please submit a C.V., bibliography, a brief description of research interests and career goals, and three references to:


Katie Kindt, Ph.D.

Porter Neuroscience Research Center

Building 35A Room 1D-933

35A Convent Drive 1D-933

Bethesda MD 20892


Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Appointments and salary are commensurate with research experience and based on NIH guidelines.


HHS, NIH, and NIDCD are Equal Opportunity Employers. NIH is dedicated to building a diverse community in its training and employment programs.

 U-LINK (University of Miami - Laboratory for INtegrative Knowledge) Postdoctoral Fellowship in Interdisciplinary Research 

Important Dates 

• Online applications due October 10, 2018 

• Finalists will be invited for interviews to take place in December 2018 

Earliest Start Date 

• January 1, 2019 

Background and Objectives: The world’s most compelling and difficult problems are complex. Fully addressing the challenges of climate change, for example, requires understanding weather patterns, the relationship of health and disease to environment/diet, coastal architecture, energy policy, city planning, human behavior, truth in media, social justice, international relations, big data, and many other fields. A key goal of the University of Miami (UM) is to serve as a center of inquiry in which scholars from multiple disciplines can work together to pursue innovation, in areas where the world needs them most. UM’s diversity, found in our 11 schools and colleges, provides unique advantages for junior scholars to explore and successfully address such problems. 

The University of Miami Laboratory for INtegrative Knowledge (U-LINK) seeks applications from postdoctoral scholars who desire to pursue such problem-based interdisciplinary research. The U-LINK Postdoctoral Fellowship requires the scholar to seek mentorship from at least two UM faculty representing a minimum of two distinct disciplines. We especially encourage proposals that tackle problems aligning with UM’s Roadmap To Our New Century initiative (; e.g., addressing environmental challenges, engineering smart/connected cities, promoting health and wellness, cultivating a culture of belonging, and applying the potential of big data to global issues. The U-LINK Postdoctoral Fellowship, comprising a stipend of $60K/year, a generous benefit package, and a spending allowance of $10K/yr, is an attractive opportunity for mature, innovative junior researchers with the ability and desire to operate in an interdisciplinary environment. 

Eligibility: The U-LINK Postdoctoral Fellowship is intended for exceptional junior scholars who have recently earned their doctoral degree. Awardees must have completed their degree requirements to begin their fellowship, and may not have had more than 2 years of total postdoctoral experience, nor been employed as an assistant professor, associate professor, professor, or equivalent rank, at the time of fellowship initiation. 

Application Process: Candidates must engage with their proposed UM mentors to develop an interdisciplinary project, complete an online application no later than October 10, 2018 by 5PM EST, and have three letters of recommendation sent directly to Each letter should include the title, affiliation, and contact information for each recommender. Finalists will be invited for interviews to take place in December 2018.

Evaluation Criteria 

Applications will be evaluated based on the following criteria: 

• Track record of the applicant 

• Likelihood of conducting original, interdisciplinary work with societal relevance 

• Appropriateness of mentors and/or team members at UM to address the problem 

• Potential to advance the career of the applicant 

• Strength of the mentoring team 

Successful applicants will demonstrate the capacity to address a significant societal problem with interdisciplinary and synergistic approaches. The team (applicant + UM mentors) will comprise accomplished or promising researchers and scholars from any academic disciplines. Teams will need to demonstrate the use of innovative approaches, processes and/or technologies. 

For more information, please contact: Dan Isom, Ph.D., Professor of Molecular and Cellular Pharmacology, Action Team Postdoctoral Fellowship Lead,

An opportunity is available for a Postdoctoral position in the Cox Lab at the Peter MacCallum Cancer Centre in Melbourne, Australia. The position requires a highly motivated and enthusiastic postdoctoral scientist to investigate how metabolic reprogramming contributes to liver regeneration and cancer using zebrafish (Danio rerio) as a model organism. The successful candidate should hold a PhD in biochemistry, molecular biology, developmental biology or a related discipline. The person will be expected to conduct rigorous, valid and ethical research both independently and as part of the research team. The person will be expected to supervise undergraduate and postgraduate students, and technical staff.  For more information on recent publications and projects running in the Cox laboratory refer to:

More information about the details of the application process can be found on the website (, or contact via email (


Position Advertisement

Assistant/Associate Professor

Environmental Toxicologist

School of Pharmacy, The University of Mississippi


The Division of Environmental Toxicology, within the Department of BioMolecular Sciences, in the School of Pharmacy at The University of Mississippi is seeking qualified applicants for a full time, 12-month, tenure-track position at the rank of Assistant or Associate Professor. We seek candidates with expertise in the field of environmental toxicology who possess a record of distinguished and innovative research (as evidenced by a significant publication record and the potential to secure extramural funding) and a commitment to excellence in education. Applicants applying for the higher rank should have a nationally recognized research program with recurrent success in securing extramural funding and excellent teaching credentials.


The University of Mississippi is the flagship university for the State of Mississippi. A world-class public research university, the institution has a long history of producing leaders in public service, academics and innovative research. The School of Pharmacy is on the main campus in Oxford, a community of approximately 23,000 residents that has been recognized nationally as one of America’s best places to live. For ten consecutive years, UM has been recognized as one of the best colleges in the nation to work for by The Chronicle of Higher Education.  The Department of BioMolecular Sciences has 17 full-time faculty with research emphases in medicinal chemistry, pharmacognosy, pharmacology, and environmental toxicology. The faculty have affiliations with the Research Institute of Pharmaceutical Sciences and collaborative opportunities in the National Center for Natural Products Research. Additionally, in 2017, the University of Mississippi initiated Flagship Constellations, which are designed to bring together a wide range of faculty from across campus to address some of the most difficult and complex problems facing our nation and world. Membership in these constellation groups provide access to cross-disciplinary researchers working to solve grand challenges. The department has teaching responsibilities in several degree programs, including the Pharm.D. (Doctor of Pharmacy) as well as M.S. and Ph.D. programs in Pharmaceutical Sciences.


The review of applications will begin immediately and continue until a suitable pool of applicants is established. Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree in Toxicology, Environmental Sciences with an emphasis in environmental toxicology, or a related field in the pharmaceutical or biological sciences, as well as post-doctoral experience. Applicants should provide a cover letter outlining qualifications for the position, a detailed description of research plans, a one-page executive summary of the research plan, a statement of teaching philosophy, a curriculum vitae, and the name and contact information of four references through The University of Mississippi’s online employment site at For additional information please contact, Dr. Marc Slattery, Search Committee Chair, 662-915-1053,


The University of Mississippi is an EOE/AA/Minorities/Females/Vet/Disability/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Title VI/Title VII/Title IX/504/ADA/ADEA employer.

Die Eawag ist das international vernetzte Wasserforschungsinstitut des ETH-Bereichs (Eidgenössische Technische Hochschulen Schweiz). Sie betreibt Forschung, engagiert sich in der Ausbildung und ist im Bereich der fachspezifischen Beratung tätig. Damit verfolgt sie zwei parallele Ziele: den unmittelbaren menschlichen Bedarf an Wasser zu decken sowie die Funktionsfähigkeit und den Fortbestand aquatischer Ökosysteme zu erhalten.

Die Forschungsabteilungen Umwelttoxikologie und Aquatische Ökologie suchen eine/n

Technische/n MitarbeiterIn für die Hälterung und Zucht von aquatischen Organismen (100%)

Der Aufgabenbereich umfasst folgende Tätigkeiten:

• Selbstständige Durchführung, Planung und Überwachung der übertragenen Tierpflege (Hälterung und Zucht von Stammpopulationen von Fischen und aquatischen Invertebraten)

• Organisation und Management von Material und Anlagen zur Tierhaltung

• Überwachung und Weiterentwicklung unserer Experimentier-Anlage Aquatikum

• Unterstützung von im Aquatikum laufenden Forschungsprojekten


Für diese anspruchsvolle und interessante Aufgabe benötigen Sie eine abgeschlossene Ausbildung als Biologie-Laborant/in, Tierpfleger/in, oder eine vergleichbare Ausbildung und idealerweise Erfahrung in der Arbeit mit Wasserorganismen und entsprechenden Anlagen. Falls noch nicht vorhanden, haben Sie die Bereitschaft zur Ausbildung für versuchsdurchführende Personen entsprechend der Tierschutzausbildungs-verordnung (TSchAV 455.109.1).

Im Rahmen dieser unbefristeten Vollzeitstelle erwartet Sie eine vielseitige und spannende Tätigkeit in nationalen und internationalen Forschungsprojekten, die Einsatzfreude, ein hohes Mass an Eigenverantwortung und Initiative, Flexibilität und Teamfähigkeit voraussetzt. Gute mündliche und schriftliche Deutsch- und Englischkenntnisse sind weitere wichtige Voraussetzungen für diese Tätigkeit.

Wir bieten einen modernen Arbeitsplatz in Dübendorf, fortschrittliche Anstellungsbedingungen, Weiterbildungsmöglichkeiten und ein vielfältiges Arbeitsspektrum. Die Eawag ist eine moderne Arbeitgeberin bei der die Mitarbeiterinnen und Mitarbeiter im Zentrum stehen. Wir fördern die Gleichstellung von Frauen und Männern und unterstützen arbeitende Familien. Mehr Informationen über die Eawag und ihre Anstellungsbedingungen finden Sie unter sowie

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Für Auskünfte zur Stelle steht Ihnen Frau Dr. Kirsten Klappert, E-Mail gerne zur Verfügung.

Deadline für Bewerbungen ist der 19. August 2018 oder bis die Stelle besetzt werden konnte.

Wir freuen uns auf Ihre Bewerbung (mit Lebenslauf und Motivationsschreiben mit der detaillierten Beschreibung der relevanten Qualifikationen und Erfahrungen), welche wir ausschliesslich über unser Online-Bewerbungsportal erwarten.

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The laboratory of Translational Oncology in the Department of Oncology, Hematology and Immunology at Medical Hospital, Tübingen University invites application for a


PhD candidate position in Biology / Immunology / Hematology (w/m)


The position will be available from October 2018 or as soon as possible. In agreement with current regulations, the position is on the TV-L (E13) for public employees and is limited for three years.


Our research group is particularly interested in studying key molecular events in T-cell development and leukemogenesis. Our studies also focus on chemokines and cytokines and their roles on cell trafficking and differentiation in hematological disorders. We use zebrafish as in vivo model system and for xenotransplantation of human leukemic cells to perform drug screening. 


Your tasks: The PhD candidate will implement state-of-the-art techniques (in vitro and in vivo models) to understand mechanisms controlling T-cell development and T-cell Leukemogenesis.


Your profile: The ideal candidate should hold a diploma or master’s degree in biology, or related fields. The candidate should be a highly motivated, organized, reliable team player that can also work independently in a multidisciplinary research group. Previous experience with molecular and cell biology techniques is essential. Knowledge of hematology and working with zebrafish are considered beneficial. 


We offer an excellent scientific environment for conducting multidisciplinary research. The student will receive a thorough education in cell and molecular biology, zebrafish husbandry, development of state-of-the-art fluorescent-based reporters, confocal microscopy, xenotransplantation assays, drug screening and handling of large 4D image datasets. The University of Tübingen also provides structured support for students to establish a successful scientific career.


Deadline for application is 15th September 2018.


To apply, please e-mail a single pdf file that contains 1) letter of motivation that describes your research interests and experience, 2) detailed curriculum vitae, and 3) the names of at least two academic references, including their contact information to Dr Baubak Bajoghli (

Applications are invited for a postdoctoral position in the laboratory of Dr. Fiona Wardle at King’s College London to work on a 3 year BBSRC-funded research project.


The project will study the transcriptional regulation of endoderm formation in zebrafish, using genomics data (e.g. 4C-seq, ChIP-seq), generation of zebrafish transgenics, CRISPR/Cas9 genome modification and GRN modelling.

More information and details of the application process can be found here: The closing data for applications is 9
th August. For informal enquiries please contact The closing data for applications is 9th August.



Postdoctoral Position

Clements Group

Department of Hematology St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital


A fully funded postdoctoral position is available in the Clements group in the Department of Hematology at St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital to study how the adult hematopoietic system is established during vertebrate embryonic development. We are interested in understanding how early precursors of the sympathetic nervous system interact with developing endothelial cells to establish the earliest hematopoietic stem cells. Our recent findings (Nature Cell Biology, 19:457-467, 2017) define the existence of this connection in zebrafish, and we are now working to extend these findings to mammalian systems and better understand key details. St Jude Children's Research Hospital offers an outstanding research environment, state-of-the-art scientific resources, and a robust community of talented, engaged, and collaborative investigators. We seek an intelligent, friendly, enthusiastic, committed, and capable individual to join our team.


We are particularly seeking an individual with experience in developmental hematopoiesis using mouse as a model system. The position offers an unusual opportunity to develop knowledge of and gain hands-on experience with parallel mouse and zebrafish investigation of comparative developmental hematopoiesis. In addition to a Ph.D., applicants should have a record of publication, and experience with molecular, biochemical, and cell biological techniques. This position will provide an opportunity for considerable independence and intellectual development.


The Clements lab is a friendly group with a keen interest in understanding blood ontogeny and its relationship to malignancy. We support work/life balance and believe that individual happiness is fundamental to scientific discovery and professional fulfillment. Memphis is a vibrant city in the mid-South, with a temperate climate, very active music scene, excellent restaurants, many family-friendly activities, and extremely affordable housing. St Jude Children's Research Hospital offers competitive salary, excellent benefits, and is an equal opportunity employer. Please send a cover letter describing research interests and accomplishments, CV, and the names and addresses of three references to

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Wenbiao Chen in the Department of Molecular Physiology & Biophysics at Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. The Chen lab uses a multidisciplinary approach in zebrafish, islet cell culture, and ex vivo mammalian islets to identify mechanisms that control the proliferation and function of islet a- and b-cells.  Current focuses are to determine how amino acids regulates a-cell proliferation and function, and how high fat diet causes b-cell dysfunction and death.


The candidates should have a PhD and/or MD in a related field. We are looking for highly-motivated individuals who have research experience in cell and molecular biology, genomic/transcriptomic analysis, and/or metabolism.  Experience in islet biology, bioinformatics, and/or zebrafish genetics is a plus. 


Vanderbilt University has an outstanding, collaborative islet research community. Vanderbilt has the longest continually funded NIH Diabetes Research and Training Center (DRTC). The university is situated in the heart of Nashville, TN, one of the most popular, and culturally dynamic US cities.

Interested candidates should send CV and contact information for three references to Dr. Wenbiao Chen at the email address for consideration.


Multiple post-doctoral positions available in the Balasubramanian lab at the University of Warwick, to focus on the zebrafish and mammalian actin cytoskeleton using in vivo imaging, click chemistry and genetic code expansion. 

Link for details of the posts and to apply,

For more information, please contact Mohan Balasubramanian; email:

The Braasch and Ganz Laboratories in the Integrative Biology Department at Michigan State University (MSU IBIO) are looking to fill three immediate openings for lab manager and research lab technician positions as well as a fish facility manager. We are looking for enthusiastic, highly motivated and responsible individuals to join our research teams that use different fish species (zebrafish, medaka, gar) as model organisms to study the genomic basis of vertebrate evolution, development and disease.


All three positions are full-time appointments and offer excellent benefits (healthcare, dental, etc.). The initial appointment will be for a 6-month probationary period, after which yearly reappointments will be made for successful and productive candidates.


For details and to apply, please go to: using the job posting numbers for the individual jobs listed below.


Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply for all three positions.



1.    Lab Manager Position: Fish Evo Devo Geno Lab (PI: Ingo Braasch)


The Braasch Lab focuses on genomic and developmental changes that contribute to major transitions during the course of vertebrate evolution and studies evolutionary novelties at the levels of genome structure, gene family evolution, and gene regulation. We combine comparative genomics with analyses of molecular evolution and functional genetic and developmental approaches using a variety of fishes as our model systems (zebrafish, medaka, spotted gar, and others).

The ideal candidate will be expected to perform and document a variety of tasks in a timely, accurate and detailed manner, meet with the PI on a weekly basis and provide support to graduate students and postdocs in the lab. Primary duties may include, but are not limited to: perform experiments under supervision of laboratory head; provide support with molecular biology, next-generation sequencing, and developmental biology projects; ordering supplies and equipment; lab supply and equipment maintenance and organization; maintaining and documenting lab cleanliness and safety standards; managing lab databases (such as plasmid database, antibody database); equipment maintenance; supervising and training undergraduate students, staff and volunteers.


MSU Careers Job Position Number: 519961. Closing date for applying to this position is July 31, 2018.



2.    Research Technician Position: Zebrafish Neurodevelopment Lab (PI: Julia Ganz)


The Ganz Lab focuses on understanding how the development and regeneration of the nervous system is regulated using zebrafish as model organism.

The ideal candidate will be expected to perform and document a variety of tasks in a timely, accurate and detailed manner, meet with the PI on a weekly basis and provide support to graduate students and postdocs in the lab. Primary duties may include, but are not limited to: perform experiments under supervision of laboratory head; provide support with molecular biology, developmental biology and imaging projects; ordering supplies and equipment; lab supply and equipment maintenance and organization; managing lab databases (such as plasmid database, antibody database); supervising and training undergraduate students, staff and volunteers; conducting literature reviews on various topics related to developmental biology, neuroscience and genetics.


MSU Careers Job Position Number: 520085. Closing date for applying to this position is July 31, 2018.



3.    Fish Facility Manager Position: Braasch and Ganz Laboratories


The Ganz and Braasch Laboratories are looking to fill an immediate opening for the position of a Research Technician to manage the joint fish facility of the two groups. The successful applicant will be involved in exciting genetic developmental experiments to study nervous system development and vertebrate genome evolution in relation to human health and disease.

Primary responsibilities include maintaining a colony of zebrafish and medaka (up to 650 tanks and 10,000 fish total) including feeding and keeping tanks and the fish rooms clean and in good working order, fish health assessment and quarantine procedures, water quality management.  Fish system and fish database management, ordering of supplies and materials for the fish facility, training undergraduate assistants and other lab members in fish husbandry, interaction with MSU’s Animal Care and Environmental Health offices, and organization of fish import and export from and to stock centers and other institutions. Setup of genetic crosses and providing support for ongoing experiments by tissue sampling, genotyping, immunohistochemistry and imaging.


MSU Careers Job Position Number: 518881. Closing date for applications this position is July 24, 2018.



MSU IBIO has a strong research commitment to vertebrate biology with a highly collaborative community of groups working on fish evolution, genomics, development, population genetics, neuroscience, behavior, ecology, and conservation, allowing for vibrant exchange among fields, methods and model systems.


For questions related to these job posting, please email Ingo Braasch (; positions 1 and 3) and/or Julia Ganz (; positions 2 and 3).

Two types of postdoctoral fellowship funding from the Japan Society for

the Promotion of Science (JSPS) is now available for application in

William TSE group at the Faculty of Agriculture, Kyushu University, JAPAN.

The laboratory will be relocated to the band new campus in Aug this year.

The applicant will work with the PI on various zebrafish projects

(Craniofacial disease model/ Developmental toxicity)

The ideal candidate should have experience on cell culture and zebrafish

model, and will be familiar with immunohistochemistry, confocal microscopy

and basic molecular biology.  Prior experience with embryonic

microinjection and /or  genome editing  methods is a plus. Fresh Ph.D

graduate around the world is welcome.

Interested applicants should send an email with CV to William

( for future information and discussion. The

information on the fellowship program  could be found at

Standard 2-year program

Short-team 1 year program for EU and North America

The Hoffman Laboratory at Yale University is recruiting for an NIH-funded post-doctoral position, available immediately.

The main goal of the Hoffman Laboratory is to gain new insights into the roles of genes associated with autism spectrum disorders at the molecular, cellular, and circuit levels to develop improved pharmacological treatments. To accomplish this, we use zebrafish CRISPR-generated mutants of autism risk genes to directly visualize the functions of these genes in the developing nervous system and to perform high-throughput behavior-based screens.

We are seeking post-doctoral researchers interested in the following projects:

1. Structural and functional mapping of the brains of zebrafish mutants of autism risk genes

2. Characterizing neural circuit deficits resulting from loss of risk gene function

3. Pharmaco-behavioral profiling to identify new pharmacological candidates

Applicant Qualifications:

- Highly motivated, enthusiastic candidates with an excellent publication record

- Strong background in genetics and molecular biology

- Experience with model systems is preferred

- Practical knowledge of microscopy, functional imaging, and bioinformatics is a plus

To apply:

Please send an email with your CV, contact information for 3 references, and cover letter to: Dr. Ellen Hoffman ( using the subject line: Postdoctoral applicant: Your name. Applicants are encouraged to outline research projects of interest.

More information about the lab can be found at

A postdoctoral fellow position is available in the Patton Lab at Vanderbilt University for individuals enthusiastic about pursuing research in retina regeneration. 

Research areas include the role of miRNAs and exosomes in the initiation and regulation of regeneration (

Interested candidates must have a PhD and a strong record of accomplishment and experience in using zebrafish as a model system, microinjection, genetics and the generation of transgenic lines, imaging, and developmental biology.

Please send a cover letter detailing your past research accomplishments and future research goals, a full CV (with bibliography) and the names and emails of 3 references by email to: 

James G. Patton

Stevenson Professor of Biological Sciences

Department of Biological Sciences

Vanderbilt University

UCLA Postdoctoral position available immediately to study gene-environment interactions in the development of Parkinson’s disease using zebrafish and cell-based models.  Highly motivated individuals with a recent Ph.D., substantial experience zebrafish, molecular biology, and neuroscience encouraged to apply.  Send letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and names of three references to:  Dr. Jeff Bronstein, UCLA School of Medicine, Dept of Neurology, 710 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90095.  Email: