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Martin Feder via dros%40net.bio.net (by m-feder from uchicago.edu)
Tue Mar 6 14:29:10 EST 2007


Contingent on anticipated final approval of NSF funding, a 
postdoctoral fellowship will be available with a negotiable starting 
date, but preferably between 1 June 2007 and 1 September 2007.

The postdoctoral scholar will participate in an ongoing project to 
elucidate the role of transposable elements in the evolution of 
heat-shock genes in natural populations.  Prior work in the lab has 
discovered that transposable elements are abundant, diverse, and 
consequential in the proximal promoter regions of many heat-shock 
genes of Drosophila melanogaster (see, for example, PLoS Genetics 
Vol. 2, No. 10, e165) , probably due to the unique chromatin 
organization of heat-shock promoters (see, for example, Genetics 
178:809-820 (2006)).  Next steps will involve tests of the generality 
of these findings by examining species progressively more distantly 
related to Drosophila melanogaster, and by examining the phenotypes 
of recently-discovered transposon insertions.

The ideal candidate will be a recent Ph.D. with expertise in 
informatics, basic molecular biology (PCR, sequencing, cloning, cell 
transfection, reporter constructs), and/or Drosophila genetics and 
phenotype analysis -- or interests in and aptittude for acquiring 
these skills and others as needed.  Also important is interest in 
interacting with a diverse and large community of scholars and 
trainees, including evolutionary biologists 
http://pondside.uchicago.edu/ecol-evol/), geneticists ( 
http://cg.bsd.uchicago.edu/ , http://genes.uchicago.edu/ ), and 
integrative and systems biologists ( 
http://pondside.uchicago.edu/oba/ ).

Appointment will be intially for 12 months at an annual salary of 
approximately $37,000 plus fringe benefits, and be renewable 
contingent on satisfactory performance and availability of funding. 
The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity 
Employer.  Review of applications will commence on 26 March 2007.

Please direct applications by email/attachments (including letter of 
application detailing your fit to the position, CV, research 
statement, and contact information for 3 references) and inquiries 
(by email or telephone) to:
Dr. Martin E. Feder
E-Mail: m-feder from uchicago.edu

Department of Organismal Biology & Anatomy;
Programs in Evolutionary Biology, Genetics, and Molecular Medicine
The University of Chicago
1027 East 57th Street
Chicago, IL 60637 USA
E-Mail: m-feder from uchicago.edu
Telephone: 773 702-8096
Fax: 773 702-0037

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