[Coral-List] Postdoc in Invertebrate Immunology and Disease Ecology

C. Drew Harvell cdh5 at cornell.edu
Wed Sep 2 16:08:16 EDT 2009

A postdoctoral position is available in the Department of Ecology and  
Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY. This  
position is funded by a new collaborative award from the National  
Science Foundation entitled: Influence of Temperature and  
Acidification on the Dynamics of Coral Co-infection and Resistance.  
This is a collaborative project between Drew Harvell at Cornell  
University and Laura Mydlarz at University of Texas, Arlington. The  
objectives of this proposal are to:

1) Identify incidence and co-infection frequency of Aspergillus  
sydowii and SPX in the field

2) Investigate how co-infection influences sea fan susceptibility,  
resistance, and within host disease dynamics

3) Examine the effects of temperature increase and acidification on  
pathogen virulence, on underlying host resistance, and on the dynamics  
of single and co-infections

Primary responsibilities of the postdoctoral researcher include:

1) conducting field and laboratory experiments with sea fans, 2)  
analyzing gene expression and immune responses, 3) preparing  
publications and grant proposals for future work.

To qualify, applicants should have a Ph.D. in invertebrate immunology  
or physiology, or related biological field, a record of consistent and  
high-quality publications, and the ability to work independently and  
collaboratively. Preference will be given to applicants who have an  
understanding of ecological immunology and gene expression studies and  
experience with acidification. Starting salary will be competitive and  
commensurate with previous experience/expertise; position includes  
Cornell University Contract College benefits.  Funds are available for  
two years and renewable pending satisfactory progress.  The position  
is available starting DECEMBER 1, 2009 or sooner; starting date is  
negotiable. Review of applications will begin September 25, 2009 and  
continue until a suitable candidate is found.

To apply, please send a cover letter, CV, statement of research  
interests/experiences, and

names and contact information for three references who are familiar  
with your work.

Inquiries and applications (PDF format preferred) should be e-mailed to

Dr. Drew Harvell (cdh5 at cornell.edu),

Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology,

Cornell University, Ithaca, NY-14853-2701.


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