Location: University of Kansas
Contract: initial 2 year term
Application deadline: 25 May 2020
The Unckless lab at the University of Kansas invites applications for an assistant researcher that will focus on the evolution of immune peptides. We recently found that several Drosophila antimicrobial peptides show signatures of balancing selection (the adaptive maintenance of multiple alleles).
This position would involve dissecting the mechanisms of balancing selection on these peptides using a combination of approaches including microbiology (minimum inhibitory concentrations, zone of inhibition assays) and biochemistry (structural and functional studies using circular dichroism, NMR, etc.).
The goal is to understand how balancing selection maintains alleles from the ecological to the biochemical level. The successful candidate should have experience in some of the approaches listed above and would be able to develop skills in some of the other approaches. A bachelor’s degree in biology or a related field is required. The Unckless Lab studies evolutionary genetics in general with a focus on the evolution of immunity and selfish genetic elements.
The University of Kansas is home to both the Department of Molecular Biosciences and the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology and members of the lab interact directly with other labs spanning biochemistry, microbiology, genetics, genomics, evolution and ecology. Lawrence, Kansas is a vibrant college town with plenty of good food, cultural events and a wonderful downtown area. The cost of living is very reasonable. We are about 45 minutes from Kansas City.
The estimated start date is August 3rd, 2020, but is flexible.
Application review begins on May 25 and will continue until a qualified applicant pool has been identified.