Department of Biology
Job Opportunities in the Emory University Biology Department

Tenure Track Position in Epigenetics/Epigenomics Research

The BIOLOGY DEPARTMENT OF EMORY UNIVERSITY seeks to hire a highly creative, interactive, and outstanding geneticist with research interests in Epigenetic mechanisms related to genome integrity, genome evolution and/or embryonic development. Those with expertise in bioinformatics and genomics are particularly encouraged to apply. 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 applicant will have a Ph.D. with post-doctoral experience, an excellent record of productivity, and will be expected to contribute to teaching in one of the following areas: genetics, biochemistry, cell biology, developmental biology, or bioinformatics. Applicants will be evaluated on their research accomplishments, the quality and significance of these accomplishments, a demonstrated ability or potential for success in attracting external funding, and their experience and enthusiasm toward participating in the undergraduate teaching and research missions of the Department.

The Biology Department faculty ( are well-funded, productive, and actively engaged in the research and teaching missions of Emory University, a top 20 research university. The successful applicant will have access to state-of-the-art facilities, resources, and enjoy academic interactions with over 300 faculty engaged in biomedical research in the College and Medical School 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 a single PDF file containing 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.

(The research and teaching statements should not exceed 5 pages combined.)

5) Emory University is committed to student and faculty diversity, equity, and inclusion. In your cover letter or in a separate statement, please include a statement describing your experience and vision regarding the teaching and mentorship of students from diverse backgrounds.

Applicants should arrange to have three confidential letters of recommendation in PDF format submitted on their behalf. All files or inquiries should be submitted electronically to:  

Review of applications will start November 1, 2017. Applications received up to 30 days after review begins will be given full consideration.

Equal opportunity/Affirmative Action/Disability/Veteran employer. Women, minorities, persons with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply.

Postdoctoral Research Associate

Department of Biology, Emory University

Shozo Yokoyama, PI

The Long-term goal of our NIH-funded research is to elucidate the mechanisms of the spectral tuning of visual pigments and adaptive evolution of dim-light and color vision.

Selected References:

  • Yokoyama, S., Tada, T., Zhang, H. and Britt, L. (2008) Elucidation of phenotypic adaptations: molecular analyses of dim-light vision proteins in vertebrates. PNAS 105: 13480-13485.
  • Altun, A., Morokuma, K. and Yokoyama, S. (2011) Hydrogen-bond network around retinal regulates the evolution of ultraviolet and violet vision.  ACS Chemical Biology 6: 775-780.
  • Yokoyama, S. (2012)  Synthesis of experimental molecular biology and evolutionary biology: an example from the world of vision.  BioScience 62 (11): 939-948.
  • Yokoyama, S. (2013)  Synthetic Biology of Phenotypic Adaptation in Vertebrates: The Next Frontier.  Mol. Biol. Evol. 30 (7): 1495-1499.

We are looking for recent graduates who are well versed in experimental molecular genetics/recombinant DNA methods.  If you are interested, please send CV to Shozo Yokoyama (

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