Postdoctoral Research Associate (Evolutionary Genetics)

The Rohner Lab at the Stowers Institute for Medical Research has an opening for a Postdoctoral Researcher to develop an independent project investigating the molecular, genetic, or developmental mechanisms of how cavefish thrive under extreme metabolic conditions. The lab has previously found that the cavefish Astyanax mexicanus develop high-blood sugar and insulin resistance as part of their natural strategy to survive in the caves but without the usually associated health problems (Riddle et al. Nature. 2018 Mar 29;555(7698):647-651). Furthermore, we recently found that cavefish are resilient to developing inflammation in adipose tissue due to a switch from innate to adaptive immunity (Peuss et al. Nature Ecology & Evolution 2020 Jul 20). Visit for more information.

The selected candidate will investigate the molecular mechanism underlying these or other impressive adaptations. The candidate will closely work with the core facilities at the institute to perform single-cell RNA sequencing, proteomics, and functional validation in vitro and in vivo. A computational/bioinformatic focus is also possible. The candidate will receive strong support from the core facilities that provide advice, training and service to enhance the Institute’s interdisciplinary and collaborative research programs. Current core facilities are staffed by over 100 scientists with expertise in bioinformatics, cytometry, histology, imaging, microarray, next generation sequencing, transgenic and ES cell technologies, proteomics and molecular biology. The Stowers Institute offers a highly competitive compensation and benefits package.

The position is funded for an initial period of one year but can be renewed for up to five years in order to allow enough time to develop a research program/publication record that makes the postdoc a strong candidate for an independent position. The Rohner Lab has a strong commitment for mutual success and is dedicated to providing support for all lab members.

Minimum requirements include a doctoral degree in the life sciences, chemistry, or biomedical engineering. Experience in one or more of the following areas is desirable: molecular biology, developmental biology, genetics, genomics, evodevo, physiology.

In addition to excellent verbal and written communication skills, successful candidates must be dynamic and highly motivated, work independently and creatively, able to work in a team-oriented environment, and proficient at problem solving.

Application Instructions: To apply, please submit (1) a brief cover letter, (2) a current CV, and (3) contact information for two professional references to Dr. Nicolas Rohner at cc: careers@stowers.orgApplications due on October 15th, 2020, after that position will remain open until filled.