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Lab instructor


Swarthmore College Biology Department seeks a full time Laboratory Instructor beginning Fall semester 2022. Responsibilities include assisting faculty in the instruction and preparation of laboratories and field trips for introductory and intermediate classes as well as attending lectures, interacting with students, and grading.

Qualifications:
Our curriculum is student centered and Laboratory Instructors mentor and support students in their learning. We seek an individual with broad training in biology with lab and/or field experience who has enthusiasm for learning new skills and an ability to work well with others. In addition to a Bachelor's or Master’s degree, flexibility, attention to detail, strong organizational skills, and comfort driving a full-size van as well as working with a wide range of instrumentation and animals are required.
The strongest candidates will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to creative teaching that speaks to and motivates undergraduates from diverse backgrounds.

Application Instructions:
Please submit a cover letter, CV, and the names and contact information for three references via Interfolio. Applications will be reviewed beginning on May 15 and will be accepted until the position is filled. Please email any questions you may have.
 

 

Research Assistant in Neuronal Control of Behavior

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The Biology department at Swarthmore College is soliciting applications for a Research Assistant in the field of neuroethology under the supervision of Associate Prof. Eva-Maria Collins.

How the brain works is a key question in biology and medicine. Behavior is an accessible readout of brain function and can be used as a gateway to understand how the brain works. This limited time position is for a research project funded by the Pittsburgh Foundation aimed at connecting behavior to brain function using freshwater planarians. Using chemical and genetic perturbations, this project will study how the brain controls specific behaviors. The successful candidate will work closely with the PI, lab manager, and a postdoctoral fellow in the lab. The research assistant will be responsible for planarian husbandry, making of stock solutions and reagents, conducting quantitative behavioral experiments and various molecular biology and biochemistry experiments.

Required Qualifications:
We are looking for a highly motivated researcher with excellent communication skills and a BA/BS in biology, neuroscience, biochemistry, or closely related field. Experience working with planarians or other aquatic invertebrates is preferred but not required. Applicants with strong molecular biology skills and/or an interest in microscopy are especially encouraged to apply. The successful candidate will also work closely with undergraduate students at Swarthmore College. Therefore, demonstrated teamwork and a strong interest in mentoring undergraduate students is preferred.
To apply, candidates should submit their application materials, including a Cover letter, CV, and email addresses of three references through the Swarthmore College Job Portal.

This is a limited term position and is on an annual renewal basis, with a maximum duration of 2 years. This position offers a competitive benefits package and paid time off.

Located in the immediate suburbs of Philadelphia and just 20 miles from Wilmington DE, Swarthmore College is a highly selective liberal arts college whose mission combines academic rigor with social responsibility. Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply.

Applications will be considered immediately and on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please feel free to contact Eva-Maria Collins directly at ecollin3@swarthmore.edu with any questions.

Swarthmore College actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore College is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply. 

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Postdoctoral Fellow, Neurobiology

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The Biology department at Swarthmore College is searching for a highly motivated researcher with excellent communication skills who is passionate about both research and teaching. We study how the brain controls behavior during development and in response to environmental toxicants and drugs, using freshwater planarians as a model system. We combine molecular techniques such as RNAi, qPCR, Next-Gen sequencing and computational neuroethology to elucidate the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying specific behaviors. This is a great opportunity for a post-doctoral fellow with an interest in undergraduate teaching and future career at a Liberal Arts College.

Applicants should have a PhD (or be close to completing one) in a relevant field. Excellent communication skills and a commitment to undergraduate mentoring are essential. Applicants with strong computational skills are especially encouraged to apply.

Essential Responsibilities:
The successful candidate will use a variety of cellular and molecular biology techniques, biochemical assays, advanced microscopy, and quantitative behavioral assays using a state-of-the art robotic system. The project will include extensive computational image and data analysis and statistics, and thus the candidate should ideally demonstrate experience with computational analyses and bioinformatics.

The successful candidate will work closely with undergraduate students at Swarthmore College. Therefore, demonstrated team-work ability and a strong interest in mentoring undergraduate students is preferred. The postdoctoral fellow will be encouraged to lead the project, collaborate with the PI and undergraduate students on high-impact publications, and present at key conferences in the field.

This is a limited term position and is on an annual renewal basis. This position offers a competitive benefits package and paid time off.

Required Qualifications:
PhD in a relevant field.

Preferred Qualifications:
Candidates with strong computational skills and/or an interest in instrumentation are especially encouraged to apply.

To apply, candidates should submit their application materials, including a Cover letter, CV, most relevant publication, and email addresses of three references through the Swarthmore College Job Portal.

Applications will be considered immediately and on a rolling basis until the position is filled. Please feel free to contact Eva-Maria directly with any questions.

Advertised 15 March 2022

 

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