Postdoctoral opportunity: The genetics and evolution of anatomical diversity in fishes

An NSF-funded postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Monte Westerfield (University of Oregon, Institute of Neuroscience) to study experimentally candidate genes for the diversification of skeletal architecture in fish species related to zebrafish.

The position is available through the Phenoscape project, a collaboration among evolutionary and model organism biologists (including Paula Mabee of the University of South Dakota, Monte Westerfield of the Zebrafish Information Network, and Todd Vision of the National Evolutionary Synthesis Center).  The aim of the project is to develop a knowledgebase that can be used to generate hypotheses about the genetic basis of anatomical variation among species.  The current version of the knowledgebase combines information from genetically characterized mutant phenotypes in zebrafish and naturally variable phenotypes in the Ostariophysi, with an emphasis on the skeleton. A postdoc is being sought to test experimentally the evolutionary and mechanistic hypotheses that are being generated by the knowledgebase and showcase the utility of the approach.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. in molecular, developmental or evolutionary biology and be proficient in DNA cloning technology and mRNA in situ hybridization.  The start date will be at the applicant’s earliest convenience.  The position is initially for one year with possibility for extension. Salary will be commensurate with experience (Kirschstein NRSA levels).

To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV, statement of research interests, and contact information for three references to Paula Mabee at  Review of applications will begin immediately and the position will remain open until filled.

For more information, please contact Paula Mabee (, 605-677-6171) or Monte Westerfield (, 541-346-4607).

One Response to Postdoctoral opportunity: The genetics and evolution of anatomical diversity in fishes

  1. Marcus Schupp says:

    Is this position still vacant?


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