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.

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Sea Turtle Hospital Open Position

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Postdoctoral Research Associate Positions

Liao Laboratory

The Liao Lab has a 3 year NSF post-doc position open starting as soon as June 30th 2019, for a project entitled: Flexibility and robustness of attack and evasion: reverse-engineering the mechanisms of behavioral control. We are looking an independent and creative postdoc  with strong record of publications in the field of biomechanics, neuroscience or engineering. Expertise in electrical engineering, programming or electrophysiology is desired. 

Related research in the lab centers on the biomechanics of swimming in turbulence, and there are many opportunities to link neurophysiological and biomechanical studies in intact, behaving animals. Our research environment is enhanced by neurophysiology faculty and core facilities at the Whitney Lab and on the Gainesville campus (McKnight Brain Institute, Department of Neuroscience, Genetics Institute and the Biology Department).

This position offers a rare opportunity to explore the function of a tractable vertebrate hair cell circuit in a model genetic organism. Applicants should have a strong background or interest in electrophysiology. Expertise in molecular techniques and/or computer programming is desirable. This 5 year, NIH-funded position comes with a competitive salary and benefits package. Position 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.

Moroz Laboratory - 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

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.

Please visit the Current Research Faculty pages for faculty that are accepting graduate students and the Graduate Programs page for more information.

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