Postdoctoral Research Associate

Job description

Search #: 494991
Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Postdoctoral Research Associates


The laboratory of Jianjun Sun at the University of Connecticut Department of Physiology and Neurobiology is inviting applications for a postdoctoral position funded by Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation and National Institutes of Health.

Our group studies female reproductive organ formation and function. We recently developed a Drosophila model to investigate the conserved mechanism of ovulation and developed high-throughput platforms for screening small compounds that can inhibit follicle rupture and be further developed into non-steroidal contraceptive medicines (Deady and Sun, PLoS Genet, 2015; Deady et al., eLife, 2017; Knapp and Sun, PNAS, 2017; Li et al., PNAS, 2018; Knapp et al., Development, 2019; Shen and Sun, Development, 2020).


The Postdoctoral Research Associate will participate in identifying the signaling network that control ovulation and fertilization, small compound library screens, and/or investigating molecular mechanisms of leading contraceptive compounds in inhibiting ovulation.

The candidate is also responsible in supervision and training of less experienced lab members.


  • PhD or MD/PhD degree
  • Strong background in genetics, cell biology, or developmental biology
  • Ability to work independently and take a leading role on their project, under supervision and guidance of the PI

  • Previous experience in Drosophila genetics and/or reproductive biology is highly desirable

This is a full-time, 12 month position. Salary will be commensurate with appropriate experience according to NIH scale.


Please apply online at, Staff Positions, Search #494991 to upload a resume, cover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references in ONE PDF file.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on March 14, 2021

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The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

Advertised: Jan 14 2021 Eastern Standard Time
Applications close: Mar 14 2021 Eastern Daylight Time




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Posted: 1/15/2021
Application Due: 3/14/2021
Work Type: Full Time