Two postdoctoral positions focusing on host-symbiont interactions in inland lakes are available in the laboratory of Dr. Meghan Duffy in the Department of Ecology & Evolutionary Biology at the University of Michigan. The Duffy Lab studies the ecology and evolutionary biology of host-parasite interactions, using the aquatic crustacean Daphnia and their microparasites as a model system. The successful candidates will have access to a vibrant intellectual community and state-of-the-art facilities in the new Biological Sciences Building at Michigan.
There is a lot of flexibility in terms of what successful applicants can work on, and postdocs will be encouraged to develop projects that are well-suited to their strengths and interests. Some themes of ongoing work in the lab include:
- characterizing the diversity of symbionts in zooplankton in inland lakes
- understanding the drivers of shifts between mutualism & parasitism
- investigating the ecosystem-level impacts of shifts along a mutualism-parasitism gradient
- discovery of the factors that allow parasites to move between host species
- characterization of the distribution of parasites in the water column of lakes
- interactions between symbionts (including parasites) within host individuals and at the population level
- how host diversity influences parasitism
- impacts of predators on host-parasite interactions
- how symbionts alter Daphnia interactions with phytoplankton, and how phytoplankton influence Daphnia-symbiont interactions.
The successful candidates for these positions will be expected to carry out independent research relating to aquatic symbiosis, using Daphnia and their symbionts (especially their microparasites) as a model system. Projects will be developed based on the strengths, interests, and expertise of the successful candidates. The projects will likely involve field and lab work. Depending on interest and abilities, postdocs will also have the ability to work on mathematical modeling of disease.
These positions will also involve mentoring of undergraduate researchers in the lab.
How to Apply
Interested individuals should send a CV, a brief description of research accomplishments and future goals, and the names and contact information for 3 references to Meghan Duffy by e-mail (email@example.com). Review of applications will start on March 1, 2021 and will continue until the position is filled. The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer.
PhD (by start date) with experience in aquatic ecology, disease ecology, community ecology, eco-evolutionary dynamics, evolutionary ecology, microbiology, protistology, mycology, or a related field.
Experience working with Daphnia and/or isolating parasites from the field would be beneficial, but is not required.
Preference will be given to applicants who can start by mid-summer 2021, though start dates as late as Fall 2021 are possible. Funding is available for each postdoc for at least two years, but is contingent on satisfactory progress in year one. The anticipated starting salary for the positions is $48,500 per year plus benefits.
The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity / affirmative action employer.