Department of Biology
Job Opportunities in the Emory University Biology Department

 

Postdoctoral Position in Computational and Systems Neuroscience

Yerkes National Primate Research Center and the Department of Biology

Emory University, Atlanta, Georgia

The laboratories of Robert Liu, Gordon Berman and Larry Young at Emory University are accepting applications for a computationally oriented postdoctoral scientist to work in a collaborative team with experimentalists to study social sensory information processing and learning in rodents. The research combines recent advances in computational ethology (Berman et al, Interface, 2014) with in vivo physiology and optogenetics to elucidate dynamic neural mechanisms mediating natural pro-social behaviors in prairie voles (Amadei, Johnson et al, Nature, 2017; Lim et al, Nature, 2004), and mice (Galindo-Leon, Lin et al, Neuron, 2009; Shepard, Lin et al, Journal of Neuroscience, 2015). PhD required. We are looking for a systems-oriented candidate with advanced analysis and/or modeling experience with neural data, who is interested in applying her/his skills to the neuroscience of social behavior.

Emory University and the Yerkes National Primate Research Center have a rich, collaborative neuroscience community (http://biomed.emory.edu/PROGRAM_SITES/NS/), especially in the areas of translational social neuroscience (http://ctsn.emory.edu/) and computational neuroscience (http://compneurosci.college.emory.edu/). Research at Emory in the neurobiology of social behavior extends across many labs from the molecular level through the organismal level in animal models and humans, with a particular interest in the functions of oxytocin (http://www.oxytocin.emory.edu/).  Ongoing efforts include both elucidating normal processes and ameliorating deficits found in human conditions, like autism spectrum disorder.

To inquire or apply, please email robert.liu@emory.edu. Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Applications should include a CV, the names and full contact information of 3 references, and at least one representative publication. Emory University is an equal employment opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

References:

Amadei EA*, Johnson ZV*, Kwon YJ, Shpiner AC, Saravanan V, Mays W, Ryan S, Walum H, Rainnie D, Young LJ, Liu RC (2017). Dynamic corticostriatal activity biases social bonding in monogamous female prairie voles, Nature, 546(7657):297-301. doi:10.1038/nature22381

Berman GJ, Choi DM, Bialek W, Shaevitz JW (2014). Mapping the stereotyped behaviour of freely moving fruit flies. Journal of the Royal Society Interface, 11(99):20140672. doi:10.1098/rsif.2014.0672

Galindo-Leon EE*, Lin FG*, Liu RC (2009). Inhibitory plasticity in a lateral band improves cortical detection of natural vocalizations. Neuron 62:705-716. doi:10.1016/j.neuron.2009.05.001

Lim, MM, Wang Z, Olazábal DE, Ren X, Terwilliger EF, Young LJ (2004). Enhanced partner preference in promiscuous species by manipulating the expression of a single gene. Nature, 429(6993):754-757. doi:10.1038/nature02539

Shepard KN*, Lin FG*, Zhao CL, Chong KK, Liu RC (2015). Behavioral relevance helps untangle natural vocal categories in a specific subset of core auditory cortical pyramidal neurons. Journal of Neuroscience 35(6): 2636-2645. doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.3803-14.2015

 


TWO Lecture Track faculty positions (open rank).

The BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT OF EMORY UNIVERSITY, Atlanta, GA seek candidates with a Ph.D. in the biological sciences and a strong commitment to pedagogy and a specific interest in teaching and advising undergraduates. Applicants having prior experience with evidence-based teaching practices are encouraged to apply; postdoctoral experience is preferred.

Faculty appointments will be made at the lecture track rank commensurate with current academic standing and achievement as Lecturer, Senior Lecturer, or Professor of Pedagogy (see description of ranks and terms at http://college.emory.edu/faculty/faculty/Policy-for-Appointment-and-Review-of-LTF_Sept-20-2018.pdf).

Demonstrated ability to teach introductory biology is most important, but we also seek teaching and scientific expertise in upper level lecture and laboratory courses, especially in cellular, molecular, and/or organismal biology.  In addition to teaching, commonly four courses per year, successful applicants will be expected to contribute to the academic life and governance of the Department, College of Arts and Sciences, and the University.

The appointee will join a cohesive group of tenure track (24) and lecture track (10) faculty (http://www.biology.emory.edu/), working collaboratively in the teaching and service missions of Emory University, a top 20 research university. Emory is located on a beautiful campus in Atlanta (http://www.atlanta.net/), one of the United States’ most exciting, diverse, and affordable metropolitan areas with sports, natural, and cultural attractions.

Applicants should submit the following: 1) a cover letter; 2) a CV; 3)a reflective statement of your teaching philosophy, experience, and interests (1-3 pages); 4) a statement of your experience and vision for fostering an inclusive learning environment for students of diverse backgrounds (1 page); and 5) if available, sample course materials (e.g. syllabi, assessments, summary of course evaluations; up to 5 documents combined into a single pdf). Applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf. All files or inquiries should be submitted electronically to: apply.interfolio.com/68250 .

Review of applications will start November 1, 2019; to ensure full consideration, all materials should be received by December 1. Preliminary interviews will begin in December. 

For technical assistance with Interfolio, contact help@interfolio.com or call (877) 977-8807. For questions about the position, please contact LTFSearch@emory.edu.

Emory University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Disability/Veteran employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.


TWO Tenure Track positions in Epigenetics/Epigenomics Research

The BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT OF EMORY UNIVERSITY, Atlanta, GA seeks TWO faculty members whose research is in the field of Epigenetics: one traditional research position and one computational position. We seek highly creative, interactive, and outstanding geneticists and/or computational biologists with research interests in Epigenetic mechanisms related to gene expression, genome integrity, genome evolution, or development. All computational approaches and model systems related to these topics will be considered. We invite applications for this Tenure-Track faculty position at the Assistant Professor rank, although appointment at a higher rank may be considered in exceptional cases. The successful applicants will have a Ph.D. with post-doctoral experience, an excellent record of productivity, and will be expected to contribute to undergraduate teaching in one of the following areas: genetics, biochemistry, cell biology, developmental biology, or bioinformatics/ computational biology. Applicants will be evaluated on their research accomplishments, a demonstrated ability or potential for success in attracting external funding, potential interactions with other members of the Emory community, and their experience and enthusiasm toward participating in the teaching and research missions of the Department.

The Biology Department faculty (http://www.biology.emory.edu/) are well-funded, productive, and actively engaged in the research and teaching missions of Emory, a top-ranked research university. Thesuccessful applicant will have access to state-of-the-art facilities, resources, and enjoy academic interactions with over 300 faculty engaged in biomedical research at Emory University and other regional institutions. Emory is located on a beautiful campus in Atlanta, one of the United States’ most vibrant, diverse, and affordable metropolitan areas.

Applicants should submit the following: 1) A cover letter; 2) The applicant’s CV; 3) A description of the applicant’s research experience, interests, proposed projects and goals for their independent, externally funded laboratory; 4) A statement of their teaching experience, interests, and teaching philosophy; and 5) A statement describing their experience and vision regarding the teaching and mentorship of students of diverse backgrounds. The research and teaching statements should not exceed 5 pages combined. Applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation submitted on their behalf. All files or inquiries should be submitted electronically to:

Experimentalist: apply.interfolio.com/68195

Computational/ Theorist: apply.interfolio.com/68212

Review of applications will start November 1, 2019; applications received up to 30 days after review begins will be given full consideration.

Emory University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action/Disability/Veteran employer. Women, minorities, people with disabilities, and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply.

   


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