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

Molecular Lab Manager/Postdoctoral Researcher

Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science
Baton Rouge, LA
Closing Date
January 1, 2022

The Louisiana State University Museum of Natural Science (LSUMNS) is seeking a Molecular Lab Manager/Postdoctoral Researcher. The successful candidate will conduct research in coordination with one or more of the curators. The candidate will also be responsible for helping with the laboratory supervision and training of graduate and undergraduate research assistants and management of the LSUMNS molecular genetics core facility. Ongoing projects in the lab include systematics and population genetics studies of birds, fish, mammals, reptiles and amphibians. The position is a one-year contract with the opportunity for renewal upon annual review.

The LSUMNS is dedicated to building a culturally diverse and pluralistic community, and we strongly encourage applications from women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, veterans, and other members of groups underrepresented in STEM.

Job Responsibilities

(75%) Conduct research on a semi-independent basis. Prepare and publish scientific manuscripts under the direction of a curator. Attend, contribute, and where necessary lead relevant meetings. Plan and develop research methods and techniques within the framework of the research program, such as phylogenomics, transcriptomics, comparative and population genomics, target capture, and other high-throughput sequencing methods. Bring new expertise to the research program. Undertake any other duties relevant to the program of research, including field work. Collaborate with research colleagues and support staff internally and develop appropriate external contacts relevant to the project and future funding opportunities. Be an active member of LSUMNS’s vibrant academic community by attending seminars, participating in journal clubs, etc.

(25%) Responsible for helping with the laboratory supervision and training of graduate and undergraduate research assistants, and management of the LSUMNS’s shared molecular genetics facility. Ongoing projects in the lab include systematics and population genetic studies of birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians, and fish. Monitor laboratory cleanliness and safety. Order general lab supplies for the department. Establish and enforce lab rules and regulations, and orient new staff/students at beginning of each semester. Attend regular meetings with the research team and investigators as required.


Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Biology or related discipline (the degree must be conferred by the effective date of the appointment);
  • Expertise in evolutionary biology and computational biology;
  • Experience with next-generation molecular methods, such as whole-genome sequencing, target capture, and other genomic tools;
  • Strong publication record;
  • Ability to manage an active laboratory;
  • Record of and interest in continuing mentorship and outreach.

Special Qualifications

LSU requires the COVID-19 vaccine for all students, faculty, and staff or mandatory monthly testing. New employees must either submit proof of vaccination by October 15, 2021 or within three (3) days of their official start date, otherwise be entered into the mandatory monthly testing protocol beginning in November 2021.

To Apply

Apply online at lsu.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/LSU/job/B0009-MJ-Foster-Hall/Postdoctoral-Researcher_R00061531.

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