We are hiring a post-doc (October 2013):

A postdoctoral position is available in the McCutcheon lab at the University of Montana in Missoula. Our group is interested in symbioses between animals and microorganisms, with a focus on systems involving insects. This position will be supported by a recently funded NSF grant aimed at understanding the mechanistic details of the symbiosis between sap-feeding insects and their bacterial symbionts (e.g. McCutcheon and Moran, 2012, Nature Reviews Microbiology 10:13-26; Van Leuven and McCutcheon, 2012, Genome Biology and Evolution 4:24-27; Husnik et al., 2013, Cell, 153:1567–1578). The position will be for up to two years in length, and will come with a competitive salary and full benefits.

The successful applicant will have a PhD in a discipline related to evolutionary biology, biochemistry, molecular biology, or computational biology. The focus of this position is somewhat flexible, but applicants with experience with immunoelectron microscopy, fluorescence in situ hybridization, or genomics will be most competitive. However, anyone with a solid background in experimental or computational biology and a strong desire to work in this system is encouraged to apply.

Our group is a small (4-6 people), dedicated, and friendly collection of scientists with diverse backgrounds. We are part of a vibrant collection of highly interactive laboratories studying diverse aspects of evolutionary genomics (see a list of labs below). Missoula is a friendly, livable mountain town located at the junction of three rivers, and is less than a half-day drive from both Glacier and Yellowstone National Parks. Interested applicants can read more about the lab, Missoula, and the University of Montana at our webpage.

Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. The preferred start date is flexible and will depend on the timeframe of the most qualified applicant. Please contact John McCutcheon via email with informal inquiries about the position.

Joining the lab, in general:

I will be taking graduate students through both the Integrative Microbiology and Biochemistry (IMB) and Organismal Biology and Ecology (OBE) programs. I encourage interested undergraduates, graduate students, and post-doctoral fellows to contact me directly.

The research environment at the University of Montana:

The Division of Biological Sciences and the College of Forestry is home to a diverse group of labs, many of which have overlapping interests in microbes, genomics, evolution, symbiosis, and insect biology. Some of the labs that students and post-docs could expect easy and frequent intereactions with are:

Jeff Good, mammalian population genetics and genomics.

Scott Miller, microbial evolution and ecology.

Frank Rosenzweig, microbial genome evolution.

Lila Fishman, plant evolutionary genetics.

Diana Six, bark beetle-fungal symbioses.

Doug Emlen, insect morphological evolution.

Gordon Luikart, population genetics and conservation.

Fred Allendorf, evolution, population genetics, and conservation biology.