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Postdoctoral Research Fellow -Biology

Boston College
Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, US
Closing date
Jun 4, 2024

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Genetics, Biology
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Employment Type
**Boston College Introduction**

Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,484 full-time undergraduates and 5,250 graduate and professional students. Ranked 35 among national universities, Boston College has 888 full-time and 1,281 FTE faculty, 2,711 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $1.4 billion, and an endowment in excess of $3.5 billion.

**Job Description**

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Boston College seeks a highly motivated postdoctoral research fellow to work in the laboratory of Dr. Vicki Losick.

The Losick lab studies the cell and molecular mechanism of wound repair and aging using the fruit fly, Drosophila, as a model. The lab has found that healing is not a one-size-fits-all process. While the typical wound healing response relies on cell division to regenerate the cells that are lost by injury, aging, or disease. Cells can also be replaced by stimulating existing cells to grow in size by becoming polyploid. A polyploid cell is a cell that has more than diploid copy of its chromosomes. As a result, polyploid cells can grow to be many orders of magnitude larger than their diploid cell counterparts. Polyploid cells are ubiquitous in insects and plants, but are also required for the development of many tissues in our body. The Losick laboratory is currently studying the molecular mechanisms regulating wound- and age-induced polyploidy in fruit flies in order to understand how to generate these extra-large cells to improve our bodies ability to heal.


• Ph.D. degree in cell biology, genetics, or biomedical sciences

• Highly motivated, able to work independently, and in a team environment

• Strong enthusiasm for developing new skills and expertise

• Excellent communication skills, verbal and written

• Microscopy experience is required, including confocal imaging

• Previous experience working with Drosophila is not required, but a plus

This position will be funded by the P.I., but postdoctoral fellows are expected to apply for their own external fellowship funding.

**Closing Statement**

Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits depending on your job classification eligibility:

+ Tuition remission for Employees

+ Tuition remission for Spouses and Children who meet eligibility requirements

+ Generous Medical, Dental, and Vision Insurance

+ Low-Cost Life Insurance

+ Eligibility for both University-Funded 401k and Employer-Sponsored 403b Retirement Plans

+ Paid Holidays Annually

+ Generous Sick and Vacation Pay

+ Additional benefits can be found on

Boston College conducts pre-employment background checks as part of the hiring process. Boston College is an affirmative action, equal opportunity employer. In concert with our Jesuit, Catholic mission, Boston College is dedicated to the goal of building a culturally diverse and pluralistic faculty and staff committed to teaching and working in a multicultural environment and strongly encourages applications for women, minorities, individuals with disabilities, and covered veterans. To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at .

Boston College's Notice of Nondiscrimination can be viewed at .

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