RECRUITING: Postdoctoral Researcher Scholar – Cell Biology of Zoosporic Fungi, Buchler Laboratory at North Carolina State University, Raleigh NC
Job description: We are looking for a motivated postdoctoral researcher to study early-diverging, zoosporic fungi (known as “chytrids”) that share ancestral features with animals, including cells that crawl and swim. The successful candidate will work with Dr. Nick Buchler to isolate and transform anaerobic chytrids to understand their cell biology and role in the microbiome of ruminants. This work builds upon recent chytrid research from the Buchler lab (Medina et al, bioRxiv 2019); see movie in “About the lab” section.
The candidate will use anaerobic chambers, microscopy, cloning, DNA sequencing to culture, transform, and study these chytrids. Additional applications may include genomics. Essential skills are the ability to perform light microscopy, microbiology (culturing, aseptic technique), molecular biology (PCR, cloning). Candidates with research experience in fungal genetics, cell biology, metabolism and/or genomics are strongly encouraged to apply.
Qualifications: A PhD in Biology, Bioengineering, Genetics, Microbiology, Cell Biology, or related field, or a DVM with research experience in microbiology. Ideal candidates will have strong communication skills, be able to self-motivate and lead a research project, and have a desire to work in a new field.
Job parameters: Initial appointment will be for one year with an extension based on successful funding. Salary is expected to be in the range of $50,000 a year. Screening of applications will begin immediately.
Location: The Buchler lab is located in the College of Veterinary Medicine, the major center of Biomedical research at North Carolina State University. NC State, UNC Chapel Hill, and Duke are all located within a 30-minute drive, and surround many engineering and biotech companies in Research Triangle Park. The main cities, Raleigh and Durham, are vibrant and cosmopolitan while still being affordable.
Interested candidates should send a cover letter with a brief statement of research interests, a CV and contact information for two references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
We are always recruiting new team members (e.g. undergraduates, graduate students and post-docs) to tackle and solve complex problems of how the yeast cell cycle interacts with metabolic rhythms and how the fungal cell cycle was rewired by a viral protein. Depending on the project, there is a room for ambitious geneticists, molecular biologists, computational biologists, engineers, or physicists. The ability to work with yeast or other Fungi, and prior experience with microscopy, microfluidics, or mathematical modeling is a bonus. If you are interested in our lab, please read our research publications and send Nicolas Buchler (email@example.com) a CV and a thoughtful cover letter outlining your research interests and qualifications.