Postdoctoral Position: Research and Teaching in Genomics

Northampton, Massachusetts (US)
Not specified plus full benefits
February 13 2018
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Postdoctoral Position: Research and Teaching in Genomics

The Department of Biological Sciences at Smith College invites applications for two full-time postdoctoral fellowship positions, to begin in July 2018.  Postdoctoral fellows will be expected to teach two courses each year in the areas of genetics and molecular biology, bioinformatics, and/or a seminar in the area of specialization of the candidate.  Research will focus on genomic approaches to studying microscopic eukaryotes or human and animal parasites, and postdocs will be encouraged to work with and mentor undergraduates.  One postdoctoral fellow will work in the laboratory of Laura Katz (microbial eukaryotes) while the other will work in the laboratory of Steven Williams (human and other animal parasites), both in the Department of Biological Sciences.  Ph.D. in Biology or relevant field is expected by time of appointment.

Research in the Katz lab aims to elucidate principles of the evolution in eukaryotes through analyses of microbial groups, and to assess how these principles apply (or fail to apply) to other organisms.  Currently the Katz lab focuses on three interrelated areas: (1) characterizing evolutionary relationships among eukaryotes using single-cell ‘omics’ and phylogenomics; (2) Exploring the evolution of germline vs somatic genomes; and (3) describing the phylogeography and biodiversity of protists in local environments (bogs, fens, coastal habitats). Information about the Katz lab can be found at

Research in the Williams lab focuses on the molecular biology/genomics of parasites that cause neglected tropical diseases (NTDs) in humans (particularly lymphatic filariasis and soil-transmitted helminths). Many of the lab’s research objectives involve PCR-based diagnostics, molecular xenomonitoring using insect vectors, drug development and studies of gene expression coupling bioinformatics and wet lab experimentation.  The Williams lab also conducts research on parasites of marine mammals that will be crucial to the maintenance of healthy wildlife populations. Information about the Williams lab can be found at 

Located in Northampton, MA, Smith College is the largest women’s college in the country and is dedicated to excellence in teaching and research across the liberal arts.  A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges. Details about the Department of Biological Sciences may be found at

Submit application at with a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, a teaching statement, three representative publications, and contact information for three references.  Review of applications will begin on March 1, 2018. 

Diversifying the student body, faculty, administration, staff, and curriculum is crucial to the mission of and vision for the College. We are committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in the application process for individuals with disabilities and encourage applicants to request any needed accommodation(s). We value and are committed to a host of diverse populations and cultures, including, but not limited to, those based on ability, age, ethnicity, gender, gender identity, national origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, and veteran status.

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