Finally we got the call from NSF that our grant proposal was being recommended for funding in full. This new funding uses the social amoeba bacteria symbiosis to tease out exactly how mutualisms work, with both empirical work and theory. I am the PI on this grant. We have another one funded last year that David Queller is PI on. A new postdoc can work on a variety of topics since some on each grant will be covered by existing postdocs and graduate students. Join us! We have a very collegial group excited to have someone new! Here is the full ad, below. Please spread it around since we are ready to hire now.
One word of warning is that Dave and I will be in Berlin or elsewhere in Europe from 22 August 2018 to 25 August 2019. Ideally someone would start before we go, but we can still communicate electronically and leave a very capable team behind who know more of the bench work than we do.
Postdoctoral position on amoeba – bacteria symbiosis available immediately
This position is for research on the farming symbiosis between the social amoeba Dictyostelium discoideum and certain Burkholderia bacteria. Specifically, we have funding for work on the existence and effect of partner choice, the effect of symbiont kin selection and kin recognition on the symbiosis, finding genes underlying the symbiosis in both partners, the molecular evolution of these genes, the theory and measurement of mutualistic selection, and co-evolutionary specialization at the level of species and clone between an existing NSF grant, a newly funded one, and other resources. We are seeking an energetic postdoc with interests in some of these topics and a strong background in one or more of the following: evolutionary biology, social behavior, mutualism, microbial evolution, genomics, molecular genetics, and coevolution theory. The position is in the biology department at Washington University in St. Louis and is available immediately but the start date is negotiable.
David Queller and Joan Strassmann lead a friendly and interactive team of highly motivated, creative, and smart investigators. They are committed to diversity, to the career success of their team members, and to a collaborative and productive approach to research and mentoring. Check out our website, (http://strassmannandquellerlab.wordpress.com/) for more information on our lab, or Strassmann’s blog (https://sociobiology.wordpress.com).
If you are interested in joining our group, please send an email to Joan Strassmann (firstname.lastname@example.org) with a single file including CV, statement of research interests, and the names, phone numbers, and email addresses of three references. Please specify which of the research areas appeal to you. Women and underrepresented minorities are particularly encouraged to apply. We will begin reviewing applications by 15 June 2018 and will continue to accept them until the position is filled.