Postdoc in Host-Parasite Interactions

University of Arizona
Job Location
Tucson, AZ 85721
$47,659 annually (following the NIH postdoc pay scale)

Full benefits

Job Description

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:

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 ( 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.



Minimum qualifications: Ph.D. in a biological or computational subject.  Good writing, communication, and critical thinking skills.

Preferred qualifications: Experience studying: Drosophila or other insects, host-parasite interactions, behavior, cell biology, cell culture, molecular biology techniques, microscopy, genetic mapping, genomics, statistics…


How to Apply

See the official ad at
To apply please go to the ad to submit (1) a cover letter with a brief description of how this position would match your background and your career goals, (2) a CV, and (3) a list of three people that we can contact as professional references.


About Our Organization

The University of Arizona has been listed by Forbes as one of America’s Best Employers in the United States and WorldatWork and the Arizona Department of Health Services have recognized us for our innovative work-life programs. We value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. We translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues and constituencies.

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