Employment

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 Careers Website


 

OPS Research Technician

A position is open for a research technician at the Liao Lab (http://liaolab.com) to look at sensory systems in zebrafish and cavefish. This NIH and NSF-funded position offers a unique opportunity to explore the neural and evolutionary mechanisms of flow sensing using electrophysiology and whole-brain imaging techniques. Work will take place at The Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience (http://www.whitney.ufl.edu), a research institute at the University of Florida (http://www.biology.ufl.edu/). The Whitney Lab is located in St. Augustine and has strengths in biomechanics, genomics, neuroscience, bioinformatics, and sensory physiology.

Applications Close: June 27

https://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/en-us/job/531670/ops-research-technician


Postdoc Associate - sensory systems in zebrafish and cavefish

A position is open for a postdoc at the Liao Lab (http://liaolab.com) to look at sensory systems in zebrafish and cavefish. This NIH and NSF-funded position offers a unique opportunity to explore the neural and evolutionary mechanisms of flow sensing using electrophysiology and whole-brain imaging techniques. Work will take place at The Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience (http://www.whitney.ufl.edu), a research institute at the University of Florida (http://www.biology.ufl.edu/). The Whitney Lab is located in St. Augustine, and has strengths in biomechanics, genomics, neuroscience, bioinformatics, and sensory physiology.

Applications Close: June 13

https://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/en-us/job/531668/postdoc-associate-sensory-systems-in-zebrafish-and-cavefish


Postdoc Associate - Physics of aquatic acceleration

A position is open for a postdoc at the Liao Lab (http://liaolab.com) to look at the physics of aquatic acceleration. This 3-year, NSF-funded position offers a unique opportunity to explore the unsteady dynamics of undulatory locomotion in fishes using computational, robotic and biological approaches. Work will take place at The Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience (http://www.whitney.ufl.edu), a research institute at the University of Florida (http://www.biology.ufl.edu/). The Whitney Lab is located in St. Augustine, and has strengths in biomechanics, neuroscience, genomics, bioinformatics, and development.

Applications Close: June 27

https://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/en-us/job/531669/postdoc-associate-physics-of-aquatic-acceleration


Postdoctoral Fellow in Stem Cell Biology and Regeneration in a Marine Invertebrate

Dr. Christine Schnitzler (https://www.whitney.ufl.edu/people/current-research-faculty/christine-e-schnitzler-phd/) is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to join an NIH-funded project titled “Characterizing the molecular regulators of stem cell populations during homeostasis and regeneration in Hydractinia, an emerging cnidarian research organism” using modern experimental and computational biology techniques.

The position is based at the University of Florida's Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience in St. Augustine, FL. Information about the Whitney Laboratory can be found at http://www.whitney.ufl.edu/

The Schnitzler lab focuses on stem cells and regeneration in the context of genomics and evolution using the colonial cnidarian Hydractinia as a research organism. The project includes creating, screening, and analyzing transgenic reporter lines that focus on stem cell populations. Transgenic lines will be created via embryonic microinjection of reporter constructs. The work will include molecular biology, cellular biology, microscopy imaging, cell sorting, and bioinformatics approaches. The position is guaranteed for two years with the possibility of renewal and is available immediately with a preference to applicants that can start by August 31st, 2024 or earlier.

Applications Close: June 3

https://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/en-us/job/531439/postdoctoral-fellow-in-stem-cell-biology-and-regeneration-in-a-marine-invertebrate


OPS POST BACCALAUREATE in cell and invertebrate biology

A POST BACCALAUREATE in cell and invertebrate biology is available in the laboratory of Profs. Mark Martindale University of Florida’s Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, located in St. Augustine Florida.

The goal is to characterize the mesenchymal cells of the upside-down jellyfish Cassiopea, including cells housing intracellular photosymbionts in the Symbiodiniaceae family and potential immune cells. These involve phagocytosis assays and RNA sequencing of isolated cell types.

Responsibilities will include: Cassiopea animal husbandry, cell isolations through selective dissociations and cell sorting, RNA extraction, bioinformatics, symbiont inoculations, live microscopy, and phagocytosis assays.

Detailed training in all processes and procedures will be provided.

Biology is a plus.

The position is temporary with funds available for 12 months, and compensation starting at $17/hr ($32,640 annually). Full time (40h week) employment is preferred, but part time may be an option. The work schedule is flexible and will be determined based on the candidate’s preferences. The Whitney Laboratory is committed to an inclusive and supportive environment, join the team!

Applications Close: June 17

https://explore.jobs.ufl.edu/en-us/job/531533/ops-post-baccalaureate-in-cell-and-invertebrate-biology


 

Postdoctoral Research Associate Positions

Seaver Laboratory

The Seaver Lab seeks to hire a highly motivated postdoctoral scholar to work on experimental analysis of regeneration and the role of stem cells in the annelid Capitella teleta. The successful applicant will be expected to work independently and possess a strong work ethic. Candidate should have a PhD in Cell, Developmental, or Molecular Biology. Proven experience in either functional genomics, experimental embryology or marine invertebrate development is strongly preferred. The researcher will benefit from a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment and this position provides an opportunity to initiate an independent research program. The lab is located at the Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, a research institute of the University of Florida with strengths in evolution and development, regeneration biology and comparative and functional genomics. Salary is dependent upon experience and based on the NIH postdoctoral scale. 

For more information on research interests of the lab, please visit: https://www.whitney.ufl.edu/people/current-research-faculty/elaine-c-seaver-phd/

Interested applicants should send an email with a statement outlining their past research accomplishments and interest in the position, a curriculum vitae and the names and contact information of three professional references (including e-mail addresses) to Dr. Elaine Seaver (seaver@whitney.ufl.edu). Questions can be addressed to Dr. Elaine Seaver. The position will remain open until filled.


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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