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Employment Opportunities at Whitney Laboratory

Whitney Laboratory is a marine biomedical research center of the University of Florida. It is particularly well-equipped for cell and molecular biology and provides a highly interactive research and training environment.

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff. The selection process will be conducted in accordance with the provisions of Florida’s “Government in the Sunshine” and Public Records Laws.

Social Security Number Privacy: In compliance with a recent change in the Sunshine Law, Whitney Lab will only collect a social security number for employment purposes. For more information, please visit http://privacy.ufl.edu/SSNPrivacy.html.

Open Positions are posted on the University of Florida Human Resources Website.

Postdoctoral Research Associate Positions

Nitric Oxide and Other Neurotransmitters in Lower Invertebrates

Leonid Moroz invites applications for postdoctoral positions to investigate behavioral, cellular and molecular aspects of nitric oxide-dependent signaling in simpler nervous systems using marine invertebrates as experimental models; (ii) to study the distribution and roles neurotransmitters in lower invertebrates as well as in homologous neuronal networks associated with feeding. A multidisciplinary approach will be used to perform single cell analysis of various neurotransmitters and related metabolites using capillary electrophoresis. Previous experience in molecular biology, cell culture, electrophysiology or capillary electrophoresis and related microseparation techniques is desirable but not a requirement. Please send your C.V., a statement of research interests, and the names and addresses of three references to:

Leonid Moroz, Ph.D.
The Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, University of Florida
9505 Ocean Shore Blvd.
St. Augustine, FL 32080

Biomechanics and Neurobiology of Fish Locomotion

Jimmy Liao has an NIH RO1-funded position for a postdoctoral researcher experienced in intracellular electrophysiology and interested in zebrafish neuroscience. The project offers a rare opportunity to explore the function of a tractable vertebrate circuit in a model genetic organism. Specifically, it will focus on characterizing the organization and function of lateral line afferent neurons in vivo by combining electrophysiology with transgenic lines expressing fluorescent and photo-convertible proteins.

Applicants must be comfortable with intracellular electrophysiology experiments and continue to demonstrate a productive record of publication in peer-reviewed journals.

A background in patch clamp electrophysiology and confocal imaging is highly desirable.

This position is available immediately and will remain open until filled. Please email your curriculum vitae with publication list, list of three academic references, and a one-page statement of your research interests.

Graduate Students

Biomechanics and Neurobiology of Fish Locomotion

Jimmy Liao is looking for creative, independent and motivated graduate students that are enthusiastic about using new technology and techniques to understand the mechanisms of animal behavior. He welcomes students from diverse backgrounds (neuroscience, physiology, ecology, engineering etc.) and believes that interest and aptitude can make up for a lack of training.

If you are interested please email:

  • C.V. or summary of your research interests and academic background
  • Copies of your transcripts (unofficial is fine)
  • One-page essay on why you want to pursue a Ph.D., how our interests might overlap, and your professional ideas and goals.

OPS Laboratory Technician

The Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience seeks candidates for an OPS full-time laboratory technician. The laboratory technician will lead and assist with the care and maintenance of our lab organism, the colonial cnidarian hydroid Hydractinia. This includes maintenance and cleaning of aquarium tanks for the hydroids, regular feedings, and water changes. Following protocols for regular spawning and maintaining developing embryos from these organisms is also required. The laboratory technician will be responsible for daily water quality care (monitoring pH, salinity, nitrite levels, etc.). The laboratory technician will order all necessary supplies and equipment for the lab, maintain equipment, keep track of purchases and their status in an online system, maintain chemical and equipment inventory, and handle both receiving and returning orders when necessary. Other duties include preparing the lab for EH&S inspections, managing biohazardous wastes, and preparing stock solutions and reagents. In addition to carrying out these daily tasks, the technician will develop and carry out molecular and cellular biology techniques and protocols and manage and analyze resulting data, including maintaining a detailed online laboratory notebook. Techniques will include DNA and RNA extraction and quantification, molecular cloning, preparation and purification of plasmid DNA, in situ hybridization, gene manipulation and editing techniques (RNAi, morpholinos, CRISPR/Cas9), microinjection and electroporation of embryos, standard and quantitative PCR, Western blotting, and epifluorescence and confocal microscopy.

A college degree in biology is required with a master’s degree preferred. Experience with maintaining and feeding of marine organisms is required. Some familiarity with a majority of the molecular and cellular biology techniques listed above is required. The candidate must be able to work efficiently, have great organizational and communication skills, work well in a group, and be willing to train others.

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