A NIH-funded postdoctoral position with full benefits is available for a highly motivated candidate interested in studying the environmental and genetic functions that govern microbiome diversity in endemic Hawaiian Drosophila species. The Yew lab is part of the newly established NIH-funded Integrative Center for Environmental Microbiomes and Human Health in the Pacific Biosciences Research Center at the University of Hawaiʻi at Mānoa, led by Drs. Margaret McFall-Ngai and Edward Ruby (http://www.pbrc.hawaii.edu/). On-going research in the Yew lab can be found at: www.yewlab.com
The project will involve 1) field collection and lab culturing of Hawaiian drosophilids; 2) generation of microbial genomic datasets (16s rRNA and ITS); 3) small molecule and lipid analysis by mass spectrometry; 4) dietary manipulation and physiological/ behavioral assays; 5) generation of axenic animals.
The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in microbial ecology, evolutionary genomics, biochemistry, or chemical ecology. Preferred qualifications include a track record of innovative and integrative research with experience in standard molecular biology and microbiology techniques, bioinformatic analysis of genomic and transcriptomic datasets, physiological and behavioral analysis, and a strong interest in field work. The approximate length will be up to 36 months with the potential for extension.
Interested candidates should contact Dr. Joanne Yew