A fully funded postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Karen Menuz, Assistant Professor at the University of Connecticut. The start date is flexible.
Our research focuses on the mechanisms supporting robust responses to odors in the insect olfactory system, with the long term goal of identifying targets for novel insect repellents. Currently, we are interested in how the molecular and cellular environment surrounding olfactory neurons influences their activity, and ultimately odor-driven behaviors. We use the genetic model organism Drosophila melanogaster in order to identify conserved molecules and mechanisms that likely have a similar role in insect vectors of human disease. Our multi-disciplinary approach combines genetic manipulations, electrophysiology, microscopy, behavioral assays, RNASeq and CRISPR genome engineering. For descriptions of current projects, see http://menuz.lab.uconn.edu.
The University of Connecticut (UConn)
The lab is located in the Department of Physiology and Neurobiology at the University of Connecticut (www.pnb.uconn.edu), a vibrant and collegial scientific community that benefits from excellent core facilities (http://core.uconn.edu). UConn resides in a beautiful, pastoral setting in Storrs, CT, and is within a short drive of Hartford, New Haven, Providence and Boston.
The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a diverse community of students, faculty and staff. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.
Interested candidates should send the following items to firstname.lastname@example.org: CV, one publication or manuscript, brief statement of research experience and interests, and the names of three references.