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Post-Doctoral Scholar in Avian Sensory Biology
University of Kentucky

Date Posted Dec. 12, 2019
Title Post-Doctoral Scholar in Avian Sensory Biology
University University of Kentucky
Lexington, KY, United States
Department 8E300:Biology
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Biology - Molecular
    Biology - Developmental/Evolutionary
    Biology - General

Job Summary
The Schneider Lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Kentucky (UK) is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to join our group.

Close your eyes. Reach into your backpack. What do you feel there? The smooth surface of a laptop? The softness of a piece of lint? The yielding crinkle of a candy wrapper? The neural circuitry you just used to make those identifications on the basis of touch is what we’re interested in understanding. Our lab compares neural circuit organization in species of waterfowl that forage with their bills using the sense of touch (tactile foragers) with closely related species that rely on other senses. In doing this we hope to understand what is different about animals that are really good at using touch and how these differences evolved. We are also interested in understanding interactions between sensory neurons and corpuscles during development.

We seek a postdoctoral researcher with a strong independent streak and interest in pushing the boundaries of what is possible with optical methods in non-traditional model organisms. Ideal behavioral traits for success in the lab are open communication, independence, creativity, organizational skills, and ability to multi-task. Experience with in vivo 2-photon imaging, electrophysiology, developmental biology, animal behavior, neurotrophic viruses, molecular biology, and data analysis is highly desirable but not required. Salary follows NIH guidelines for postdoctoral researchers. Informal inquiries by email are strongly encouraged at

Review of applications will begin on a rolling basis and will continue until the position has been filled. Ideal start date is fall 2019. Candidates will have completed their Ph.D. prior to starting the position but need not have defended their dissertation prior to applying.

To apply, please upload a single pdf document that includes a CV, names of three references, and a 1-2-page synopsis of their current research interests and how these complement our overall research program. Please upload under Specific Request 1.

The Department of Biology houses a strong group of research labs interested in development, regeneration, and circadian rhythms using a diverse array of animal models (e.g., sparrows, spiny mice, salamanders, planarians, lampreys, zebrafish) and in vitro systems. Together, these labs create a vibrant atmosphere to pursue interdisciplinary projects across comparative genomics, developmental, regenerative and evolutionary biology. In joining the UK biology department you will become part of a supportive community that values work/life balance as well as excellence, and truly feels like a "family."

Preferred Education/Experience
Experience with in vivo imaging, electrophysiology, developmental biology, animal behavior, neurotrophic viruses, molecular biology, and data analysis is highly desirable

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