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Research Associate in Biology - Charlottesville - 22907

Local Staffing
Charlottesville City, Virginia, US
Closing date
Dec 3, 2021

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Genetics, Biology
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Employment Type
Full time
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The Biology department is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate for studies focused on the genetic and genomic bases of color pattern development and evolutoin in ecothermic vertebrates. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will contribute to on-going projects using zebrafish and its relatives, and will have opportunities to design and execute new projects with these or other species, using modern methods of developmental genetic, genomic, and phenotypic analysis.
The Postdoctoral Research Associate will be based in Dr. David Parichy's lab at the University of Virginia ( []).
* A PhD in Biology or a related field by the start date
* At least 5 years experience related to pigment cells of ectothermic vertebrates (fish, amphibian, or reptile)
* Excellent written and oral communication, demonstrated by a strong record of publications, grants and conference presentations consistent with the candidate's career stage
* Ambition, creativity, independence, and ability to work well with others
* Basic knowledge of histological methods
* Basic knowledge of analytical chemistry methods as applied to pigment
* Advanced knowledge of bioinformatic methods (including quantitative trait locus mapping or genome wide association methods, RNA-sequencing, de novo genome assembly or annotation, facility with UNIX, R or python)
* Experience with mentoring of undergraduates
* Experience with community outreach
The Biology Department at UVA ( []) is an excellent training environment for curious, highly motivated scientists. The successful applicant can expect to interact frequently with the department's strong, collegial group of evolutionary ecologists and geneticists ( []).
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at [] and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and contact information for three individuals who can provide professional reference letters. In the cover letter, please address your research interests and experience, and your fit with the qualifications above. Applications by members of underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged. Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the box.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on December 15, 2021. Start date is flexible but prior to August 2022 is preferred. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.
This is a one-year appointment; however, the appointment may be renewed for an additional two, one-year increments, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

Please contact David Parichy at with any questions including to discuss the project, the lab and the work environment.

For questions about the application process, please contact Richard Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at

For information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at UVA, visit and
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