Postdoctoral Position in Biological Sciences: Single-cell ‘omics’ of ciliates

Northampton, Massachusetts
Mar 07, 2017
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Smith College invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral research position focusing on characterizing germline and somatic genomes of ciliates isolated from various freshwater and marine habitats, to begin July 2017. This grant-funded position will be housed in Professor Laura Katz's laboratory (  The initial appointment is for one year, with the possibility of extending for additional years.

The goals of the project are to assess intraspecific variation in both somatic macronuclei and germline micronuclei from diverse ciliates.  The ideal candidate will be a productive researcher with interests in phylogenomics of microorganisms, including analyzing complex genomic data; have experience identifying and isolating diverse ciliates; have knowledge of bioinformatic tools, and ideally have familiarity with python or a comparable computer language. Excellence in communication and interpersonal skills and an interest in collaborating with graduate and undergraduate students in the laboratory are essential. Ph.D. in Biological Sciences or related field required by time of appointment.

Research in the Katz lab aims to elucidate principles of the evolution in eukaryotes through analyses of microbial groups, and to assess how these principles apply (or fail to apply) to other organisms.  Currently we focus on four interrelated areas: (1) Characterizing evolutionary relationships among eukaryotes, with a focus on the ‘SAR’ clade; (2) Exploring the evolution of ciliate genomes; (3) describing the phylogeography of coastal marine ciliates; and (4) characterizing the diversity of testate amoebae in New England bogs and fens.

Submit application at with a letter of application, C.V., a statement of research interests, three representative publications, and the names and contact information of three references. Review of applications will begin April 1, 2017.

Diversifying the student body, faculty, administration, staff, and curriculum is crucial to the mission of and vision for the College. We are committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in the application process for individuals with disabilities and encourage applicants to request any needed accommodation(s). We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures, including, but not limited to, those based on ability, age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, and veteran status.

Smith College is an EO/AA/Vet/Disability Employer. Women, underrepresented racial groups, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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