Cornell University, Entomology/CALS

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Position ID:Cornell-Entomology/CALS-POSTDOCREPRO [#13537]
Position Title: PostDoc Reproduction Immunity
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Ithaca, New York 14853, United States [map]
Subject Area: Biology
Appl Deadline:2019/07/19 (posted 2019/04/04)
Position Description:    

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SUMMARY:   Reproduction and immunity are energetically demanding and both are of major importance for evolutionary fitness. We are recruiting a postdoctoral associate to join our team of researchers studying the mechanistic basis of the tradeoff between them, and the evolutionary consequences of that tradeoff. In previous work, we have shown that mating and the synthesis of Juvenile Hormone result in immunodepression of D. melanogaster females. The recruited postdoctoral associate will extend those studies.

BASIC FUNCTION AND RESPONSIBILITY: The Postdoctoral Associate will carry out independent research under supervision of the PI, Brian Lazzaro. Specific experiments may focus on topics such as physiological conflict between reproductive and immunological processes, consequences of post-mating alteration in metabolism or nutritional assimilation, or endocrinological effects of mating on defense. The precise line of research can vary depending on the skills and interests of the person who fills the position.  

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:  Conduct independent research on the tradeoff between reproduction and immunity in Drosophila. Lab responsibilities will include design and performance of experiments that involve bacterial infection of D. melanogaster hosts that vary in physiological status. The appointed postdoc will be responsible, in cooperation with the PI, for data analysis and preparation of primary research manuscripts that describe findings.

Research (100%)  

This is a one-year term position, renewable depending on funding, available work, and performance.

QUALIFICATIONS: Ph.D. in Biology, Genetics/Genomics, Evolutionary Biology, Microbiology, or related discipline. The strongest applicants will have experience with Drosophila genetics/genomics and a demonstrated record of success in research. Ability to work independently and as a member of a team is critical.

SUPERVISION: Brian Lazzaro, Professor of Entomology



Applicants should submit a Cover Letter, CV, Statement of Research Background and Interests, and Contract Information for two people who can provide professional references. Additionally, a Statement of contribution to diversity, equity and inclusion.  We welcome discussion about the position in advance of application, and candidates may directly contact Brian Lazzaro at to discuss research interests and potential future directions.

Appointments may begin as early as July 2019.  Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.  All components of the application must be submitted through this application portal:   Any questions about the position or the application process can be directed to Brian Lazzaro at 

We welcome applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds, including those underrepresented in biological research science.

Diversity and Inclusion are a part of Cornell University’s heritage. We are a recognized employer and educator valuing AA/EEO, Protected Veterans, and Individuals with Disabilities.

Application Materials Required:
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Further Info:
Department of Entomology
3125 Comstock Hall
Cornell University
Ithaca, NY 14853

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