The Department of Microbiology in the College of Agriculture and Life Sciences at Cornell University has eleven active research laboratories. It serves as the home department for the Graduate Field of Microbiology with >40 affiliated faculty members with diverse interests and particularly relevant strengths in host-microbe interactions and plant pathogens. Research within the department is focused on prokaryotic biology, environmental microbiology, and host interactions and includes specific expertise in molecular genetics, gene regulation, genomics, microbial cell biology, bioremediation, symbionts, pathogens, and ecosystems.
The Hendry lab in the Department of Microbiology is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate to study bacterial genomic evolution in bioluminescent symbiosis.
This is a full time one year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance
Research: The main goal of the project is to understand genome evolution of luminous bacterial symbionts associated with a diverse array of deep sea anglerfish species. The project will investigate the evolution of genome size, gene content, and transposable element abundance in the symbionts of these charismatic deep sea fish. Potential additional projects, dependent on the candidate's interest, could include other evolutionary genomics questions across luminous symbionts or the host species.
Publication and presentation: Prepare results for publication in a timely manner. Create PowerPoint presentations for lab meetings, conferences, and invited seminars. Provide monthly data summaries to supervisor.
Laboratory maintenance: The individual will contribute to laboratory maintenance tasks, many of which are shared responsibilities of the current lab members.
Instruction: Teach new lab members methods and techniques as requested by supervisor.
Anticipated Division of Time
Laboratory maintenance: 5%
Publication and presentation: 5%
This position is full-time (40 hours/week) and will be located in Ithaca, New York. This is a one year appointment with possible extension depending on funding and performance. Starting date is flexible.
Ph.D in Ecology and Evolutionary Biology, Microbiology, or related field; Demonstrated research experience with genomic or bioinformatics methods is required; Publication record appropriate for career stage; Ability to work and learn new techniques independently is desired.
The postdoctoral associate may assist in directing/guiding beginning graduate students and undergraduate students or who are carrying out research for credit or summer internships.
Submit a cover letter describing your research experience and interests, a CV, and the contact information for three references to Dr. Tory Hendry (email@example.com). Please feel free to contact me by email with any questions.
Tory A. Hendry
Department of Microbiology
260 Wing Hall
Ithaca, NY 14853