Research Associate in Biology

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Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2020-11-09
Req: R0019751

The Siegrist Lab ( in the Department of Biology at the University of Virginia seeks a Post-Doctoral Research Associate to study genetic regulation of neural stem cell proliferation during development using vertebrate and invertebrate model systems.

Potential research projects include investigating the genetic basis of nutrient-dependent regulation of neural stem cell quiescence versus proliferation, temporal patterning and neurogenesis termination upon developmental completion, and investigation of developmental plasticity and neuron composition in brains of wild-caught animals. Methods used in the lab include live imaging of fluorescent transgenic animals and imaging of fluorescently-labeled fixed specimens using laser scanning, spinning disk, and light sheet confocal microscopy, use of forward and reverse genetics with design of new alleles using CRISPR technology, next generation sequencing technologies, including single cell transcriptional profiling, and basic biochemical techniques.

The Biology department at UVA is highly interactive with outstanding facilities and provides an excellent training environment for ambitious scientists at all career stages. Historical strengths within the department include developmental biology, with focus on morphogenesis and pattern formation. Today, departmental strength continues in cell and developmental biology, with additional departmental and across ground strengths in the fields of neuroscience, cancer biology, molecular genetics, and ecology and evolution.

QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D. in Biology, Molecular Cell Biology or related field is required by the start date of the appointment. Candidates must have ambition and be creative thinkers as well as have experience with one or more of the techniques routinely used in the laboratory, such as microscopy, molecular cloning, next gen sequencing technologies, protein work and/or experience using genetic model organisms including Drosophila, zebrafish, or mice. Qualified candidates will be expected to apply for and secure their own independent research funding.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at and attach a curriculum vitae, cover letter, and contact information for three references.

Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the CV box.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on November 19, 2020 and the posting will remain open until filled. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

This is a one-year appointment; however, the appointment may be renewed for two additional one-year terms, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

For questions regarding this position, please contact Sarah Siegrist, Associate Professor, at

For questions regarding the application process, contact Rich Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at

For more information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at UVA, visit and

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Posted: 11/10/2020
Application Due: 2/8/2021
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