Postdoctoral Position in Biological Sciences: Biodiversity of Stramenopila + Alveolata + Rhizaria (S

Northampton, Massachusetts
Jan 24, 2018
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

The Department of Biological Sciences at Smith College invites applications for a full-time, benefits-eligible, non-tenure-track postdoctoral research position focusing on the biodiversity of the microbial lineages within ’SAR’ (Stramenopila + Alveolata + Rhizaria), to begin July 2018. 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. Candidates with experience involving genomics, bioninformatics and/or target lineages are encouraged to apply. Ph.D. in evolution, microbiology, genomics or related field is expected by time of appointment.

The goals of the project are to characterize the biodiversity of lineages within SAR through a combination of community and genome analyses, including high-throughput sequencing of communities and specific lineages, bioinformatic analyses of resulting data, and some microscopy of target lineages.  The project is collaborative with Chris Lane at the University of Rhode Island ( and Charles F. Delwiche at the University of Maryland ( The Katz lab will focus initially on under sampled lineages within Ciliophora and Rhizaria.

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 three interrelated areas: (1) Characterizing evolutionary relationships among eukaryotes; (2) Exploring the evolution of ciliate genomes; and (3) Describing the phylogeography of coastal marine ciliates. Resources for the department include the Centers for Microscopy and Imaging, Molecular Biology, and Proteomics, in addition to the Young Science Library and MacLeish Field Station (

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is the largest women's college in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts. A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The Five College Consortium, comprised of Smith, Amherst, Mount Holyoke, and Hampshire Colleges and the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, provides a rich intellectual and cultural life.

Submit application at with cover letter, C.V., a statement of research interests, three representative publications, and contact information for three references. Review of applications will begin February 15, 2018.

Diversifying the student body, faculty, administration, staff, and curriculum is at the heart of our mission 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.

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