Join the lab!

I’m always looking for curious, dedicated and creative minds (with exceptional fish hands…) to join the lab. Here I’ve posted details of two positions currently available in my lab. Generally, if you’re interested in getting involved in the research going on in the lab, please send an up to date CV, including three references, and a brief research statement of the types of questions you’d be interested in developing in my lab. I also like to see a writing sample – a peer-reviewed publication being ideal! This applies if you’d like to join as an undergrad, grad student or post-doc.

Email me! jess.stephenson@pitt.edu

Animal care/research technician

I am in desperate need of someone to help with the lab work! Please get in touch if your interested. There is plenty of freedom to develop research projects and get as involved as you like in the research ongoing in the lab. The primary role is fish husbandry and parasite culture maintenance.. I’m particularly excited about hiring someone with fish care experience, ideally in recirculating systems (though this is easier to learn than the fish care). If you’re excited about this job but have any worries about your fit – please get in touch.

***I am currently in discussions with a candidate about this job, but if you’re interested please still send me a CV and cover letter, just in case! Thanks!***

Post-doc in host-parasite eco-evolutionary dynamics

I am hiring a postdoc to experimentally investigate the role of rapid evolutionary change on host-parasite dynamics. Although I have some projects in mind, this position is independent of current grants and thus allows you to develop your own research questions. Approaches can include lab experiments (transmission, behaviour, breeding), field surveys and experiments (in the fish/parasite native range of the Caribbean and northern South America), combined with modeling. I have developed key resources with which to tackle a variety of outstanding questions: selected lines of the guppy Poecilia reticulata that differ in their resistance and tolerance to infection with the ectoparasitic monogenean Gyrodactylus turnbulli; and a recently assembled good quality draft genome of the parasite. Start date is flexible but I would prefer the candidate to begin in 2018 or early 2019.

The Department of Biological Sciences at Pitt is a dynamic and growing team of enthusiastic researchers and educators (6 new Assistant Prof. hires in E&E in the last 1.5 years).

Requirements: Candidates must have a PhD in Ecology, Evolution, Genetics, or related topics. The position is for 1 year with the option to extend for up to 2 more years. Although funding from the lab itself is available, I will be particularly interested in candidates who will apply for and be competitive in obtaining external funding for this extension. A valid drivers license (and passport, if planning fieldwork!) is required.

To apply for the position please send an email to me (jess.stephenson@pitt.edu) including a cover letter stating why you are interested in the lab, the research you propose to develop in the lab, and your past research experience. Please include your C.V., the contact information for three references, and up to 3 of your relevant publications or manuscripts in prep. Applicants should submit their materials by November 30, 2018 to ensure full consideration.

Graduate (PhD) student in host-parasite eco-evolutionary dynamics

I am looking for a PhD student to join the lab, particularly with demonstrated interest in host-parasite co-evolutionary dynamics, and infectious disease transmission dynamics. Specifically, the student will address the role of individual variation between hosts in their response to infection on transmission dynamics and evolutionary trajectory of the parasite. Within this remit there is ample possibility of developing your own research direction. Approaches can include lab experiments (transmission, behaviour, breeding), field surveys and experiments (in the fish/parasite native range of the Caribbean and northern South America), combined with modeling. I have developed key resources with which to tackle a variety of outstanding questions: selected lines of the guppy Poecilia reticulata that differ in their resistance and tolerance to infection with the ectoparasitic monogenean Gyrodactylus turnbulli; and a recently assembled good quality draft genome of the parasite

All graduate students in the Biosciences department at the University of Pittsburgh are provided with a competitive stipend and benefits for 5 years through a combination of fellowships, TAships, and research assistantships. Although funding from the lab itself is available, I expect all prospective students to apply for external funding.

The details on how to apply to the Pitt graduate programs are here, along with more details on the graduate programs in the department. Before applying, please send me an up to date CV, including three references, and a brief research statement of the types of questions you’d be interested in developing in my lab. I also like to see a writing sample – a peer-reviewed publication being ideal.

Email me! jess.stephenson@pitt.edu

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