Florida softshell turtle, Apalone ferox, photo by J.D. Willson

Postdoctoral in Amphibian-Algal Symbiosis

The University of Arizona
Tucson, AZ and Boothbay, ME
Closing Date
not provided

A postdoc position is available in the Duhamel Laboratory in the Molecular and Cellular Biology department at the University of Arizona, Tucson, AZ. The research is an exploration of metabolite exchange in a vertebrate-alga symbiosis. The work will involve stable and radioisotope labeling of a freshwater green alga, microinjection of algae into amphibian embryos, and histological and chemical analyses of the established symbiosis. We seek to reveal nutritional aspects of this novel symbiosis. We are looking for someone with experience in histological methods with knowledge of different embedding and sectioning materials and protocols. The work will require travel to the Burns laboratory at Bigelow Laboratory for Ocean Sciences in Boothbay, Maine (~2-3 months per year). The position is currently funded for one year from the start date with the possibility for extension. The salary will be commensurate with prior experience.


We are looking for someone with experience in histological methods with knowledge of different embedding and sectioning materials and protocols. 

Candidates must have a PhD degree in a relevant field. Excellent written and verbal communication skills and ability to work harmoniously in a collaborative research team are crucial. All offers of employment are contingent upon positive results of a background check.

To Apply

To apply, please upload a research statement describing your accomplishments and interests, your CV, and the names and contact information of three references online at www.uacareertrack.com (Job # P20858) or directly at uacareers.com/postings/40174. Inquiries can be sent to Dr. Solange Duhamel (duhamel [at] email.arizona.edu) and Dr. John Burns (jburns [at] amnh.org).

Other Information

Outstanding UA benefits include health, dental, vision, and life insurance; paid vacation, sick leave, and holidays; UA/ASU/NAU tuition reduction for the employee and qualified family members; access to UA recreation and cultural activities; and more!

The University of Arizona, recognized as a “Public Ivy”, offers state-of-the-art facilities and a vibrant, supportive, and highly collaborative academic environment. The University of Arizona has been listed by Forbes as one of America’s Best Employers in the United States and WorldatWork and the Arizona Department of Health Services have recognized us for our innovative work-life programs. Go to whyua.arizona.edu for more information about working at the University of Arizona and relocation services.The University campus is located in Tucson in southern Arizona and surrounded by beautiful mountain ranges. The postdoctoral scientists at Bigelow Laboratory have access to an active professional training program. The laboratory’s state-of-the-art oceanfront campus is located in scenic Midcoast Maine, which offers excellent opportunities for outdoor activities, including hiking, canoeing, sailing, and skiing.

At the University of Arizona, we value our inclusive climate because we know that diversity in experiences and perspectives is vital to advancing innovation, critical thinking, solving complex problems, and creating an inclusive academic community. As an Hispanic-serving institution, we translate these values into action by seeking individuals who have experience and expertise working with diverse students, colleagues, and constituencies. Because we seek a workforce with a wide range of perspectives and experiences, we provide equal employment opportunities to applicants and employees without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity, or genetic information. As an Employer of National Service, we also welcome alumni of AmeriCorps, Peace Corps, and other national service programs and others who will help us advance our Inclusive Excellence initiative aimed at creating a university that values student, staff and faculty engagement in addressing issues of diversity and inclusiveness.

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