Department of Biology
Job Opportunities in the Emory University Biology Department


Postdoctoral Positions Available in Disease Ecology

Two postdoctoral positions are available in the Civitello Lab (up to seven years of funding) in the Biology Department at Emory University to conduct individual based modeling and field studies of host-parasite interactions across two federally funded projects.

The Civitello lab primarily studies the resource and community ecology of infectious disease in aquatic communities. A major feature of our approach is the integration of experiments, theoretical and statistical models, and field observations. Successful candidates would collaborate with each other and other members of the Civitello Lab. In addition to the primary research program, there will be opportunities to develop independent research projects and collaborate with researchers in the Population Biology, Ecology and Evolution Graduate Program, Emory University, and at external institutions.

 A theoretical/computational ecologist position is available to develop and apply individual based models (IBMs) to (1) bioenergetics, resource competition, and control of human schistosome and snail populations in seasonal transmission environments and (2) vaccination of amphibians against the chytrid fungus. Well-qualified applicants will have a strong interest in disease ecology or infection physiology and relevant quantitative skills to confront models with data (programming, statistical analyses, and/or theoretical modeling). Experience with individual based modeling would be extremely beneficial, but it is not a strict requirement. The successful applicant will have the opportunity to design and/or conduct additional experiments or field surveys necessary to parameterize or test models.

 A field/experimental disease ecologist position is available to work on an international field project evaluating the seasonal transmission dynamics of human schistosomes in collaboration with Dr. Safari Kinung’hi at the National Institute of Medical Research in Mwanza, Tanzania. This project aims to test hypotheses about how resource competition among snails and the bioenergetics of individual snail infections with schistosomes combine to influence the natural timing of human transmission and the efficacy of control programs. Well-qualified applicants will have a strong background in experimental and/or field ecology, ideally focusing on resource competition or infectious disease. International research experience is not essential but would be beneficial.

 Start dates for both projects are extremely flexible. Field work is currently delayed, but training, collaborator coordination, and (remote) research projects are possible until it is safe to resume field work.

Applicants are expected to have a PhD in ecology, parasitology, mathematical biology, or a related field. Interested candidates should submit a one page cover letter indicating a position of interest and describing past research accomplishments and future research goals and their curriculum vitae including contact information for three references to David Civitello at

The positions will remain open until filled.

Postdoctoral Position in Computational and Systems Neuroscience

Department of Biology and Yerkes National Primate Research Center

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 analyze and model behavioral and neural data from studies of social/sensory information processing and learning in rodents. The research combines recent advances in computational ethology (Berman et al, Interface, 2014; Cande et al, eLife, 2018) 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; Chong et al, Journal of Neuroscience, 2020). 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 (, especially in the areas of translational social neuroscience ( and computational neuroscience ( 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 (  Ongoing efforts include both elucidating normal processes and ameliorating deficits found in human conditions, like autism spectrum disorder.

To inquire or apply, please email Review of applications will 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.


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

Cande J, Namiki S, Qiu J, Korff W, Card G, Shaevitz J, Stern D, Berman G (2018). Optogenetic dissection of descending behavioral control in Drosophila eLife 7: e34275. doi:10.7554/elife.34275

Chong KK, Anandakumar DB, Dunlap AG, Kacsoh DB, Liu RC (2020). Experience-dependent coding of time-dependent frequency trajectories by “Off” responses in secondary auditory cortex. Journal of Neuroscience (in press) doi:10.1523/JNEUROSCI.2665-19.2020

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

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