Post Doc Fellow, Biology, Polak/Benoit Lab

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Job Overview

An NSF-funded post-doctoral position for 1 year is available in the laboratories of Dr. Michal Polak and Dr. Joshua Benoit on host-parasite interactions at the University of Cincinnati. The post-doctoral scientist will collaborate with the co-principal investigators to study the proximate genetic bases of ectoparasite resistance and of associated life-history trade-offs in two naturally occurring Drosophila-mite model systems. These studies will be strongly multi-disciplinary, and include host behavioral and physiological assays, bioinformatics and functional genomics. The post-doc will train in a vibrant and nationally recognized academic setting, and will be supported to develop their own research directions within the framework of the grant. The position offers a competitive salary and will help cover relocation costs.

The target start date, though flexible, is September 1, 2022.

Essential Functions
  • Conduct research experiments in a particular field within the pre-determined research scope and methodology.
  • Gather and analyze data and develop new ideas that promote current research.
  • Prepare data summaries, reports, manuscripts and presentations of research results.
  • Participate/assist in manuscript writing for publication in scientific journals and/or presentation; may assist in grant writing.
  • Keep informed of developments in field to maintain and enhance professional expertise.
  • Lab maintenance, including equipment maintenance and ordering of supplies, as needed.
  • May teach techniques to others, train, and mentor junior research staff.
  • Engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities.
  • Play an active role in seeking career and research advice, both from the faculty supervisor and from other faculty members as well.
Required Education
  • Ph.D. in Entomology, Biology or related field.
  • Publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Experience with bioinformatics analyses, functional genomics, basic molecular biology/physiology techniques, and/or host-parasite systems, is desired.
Application Process

Interested individuals should send, as a single PDF document:

  • A cover letter
  • CV
  • A short statement of research interests
  • Unofficial academic transcripts
  • Contact information for 3 to 4 references to Dr. Polak ([email protected]) and Dr. Benoit ([email protected])
  • For more information regarding the position, please contact either Dr. Benoit or Dr. Polak.

Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.

The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.

As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).

The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.

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