New Postdoc positions in host-parasite interactions in the Schlenke Lab at the University of Arizona
Position summary: The Schlenke Lab studies host-parasite interactions using Drosophila (fruit flies) as model hosts. We are developing parasitoid wasps, which lay their eggs in fly larvae and consume their hosts from the inside out, as model parasites. Flies mount cellular and behavioral defense responses against wasps, but wasps have adaptations for finding host fly larvae, suppressing host cellular immunity, and manipulating host behavior. We use a variety of "omics" tools to understand the molecular genetics of fly cellular immunity and wasp virulence, as well as patterns of host immunity and pathogen virulence coevolution across fly and wasp phylogenies. For more information, visit our lab website at: https://cals.arizona.edu/research/schlenke/
We have current NSF and NIH funding, as well as startup from UA. We are looking to hire at least two new highly motivated, creative, and collaborative postdocs to work on this system. Our lab attempts to understand the fly-wasp interaction at multiple biological levels, and thus we are searching for candidates with diverse expertise, such as in evolutionary ecology, genetics, molecular and cell biology, immunology, neurobiology, and/or bioinformatics. Our lab is based at the University of Arizona in the Department of Entomology and the positions are available immediately. Feel free to contact Todd ([email protected]) with questions.
Duties and Responsibilities: Postdocs will be involved in all aspects of the research, from developing project ideas to experimental design to data analysis to publication. Although we have funding for these positions, postdocs will be expected to apply for their own funding as well. Postdocs will interact with and mentor graduate and undergraduate students, and will be involved in lab outreach activities. In regular consultation with Todd, postdocs will pursue a plan to enhance their professional growth and meet their future career goals.