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Visiting Assistant Professor in Neurobiology

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The Department of Biology invites applications for a two-year Visiting Assistant Professor in the area of Neurobiology starting in August of 2022. Teaching responsibilities generally consist of one course with weekly laboratory sections each semester. The applicant’s course offerings are anticipated to include a team-taught introductory cell and molecular biology course, an intermediate-level neurobiology course, and an  advanced seminar-style course in an area that is complementary to our existing curriculum. Funds are available for travel to professional meetings and to support undergraduate research students during the academic year and the summer.

Qualifications

Applicants should have a PhD at the time of appointment, teaching experience, and a strong commitment to undergraduate education.  The strongest candidates will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to teaching that speaks to and motivates undergraduates from diverse backgrounds.

All application materials (cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of teaching and research interests, and three letters of recommendation) should be submitted online at apply.interfolio.com/101517. Review of applications will begin on Feb. 22nd, 2022. Questions regarding this position should be addressed to the search chair, Jeff Gauthier, at NeuroVAP@swarthmore.edu.

Advertised 20 Jan 2022

TWO- YEAR VISITING ASSISTANT PROFESSOR IN ORGANISMAL OR POPULATION BIOLOGY

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The Department of Biology at Swarthmore College invites applications for a two-year visiting assistant professor position starting in August of 2022. We are especially interested in candidates with expertise in evolution and/or physiology. Teaching responsibilities usually consist of one course with two weekly laboratory sections or two courses without laboratories each semester. The applicant’s course offerings will include intermediate-level courses in areas of the candidate’s expertise. Candidates may also have the opportunity to participate in our team-taught introductory organismal and population biology course, or to teach an advanced seminar-style course in an area that is complementary to our existing curriculum. Funds are available for travel to professional meetings and to support undergraduate research students during the academic year and the summer.

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 has a strong institutional commitment to diversity, and actively seeks and welcomes applications from candidates with exceptional qualifications, particularly those with demonstrable commitments to a more inclusive society and world. Swarthmore is an Equal Opportunity Employer. Applicants from traditionally underrepresented groups are strongly encouraged to apply. For more information on Faculty Diversity and Excellence at Swarthmore, see this.

Applicants should have a Ph.D. at the time of appointment, teaching experience, and a strong commitment to undergraduate education. The strongest candidates will be expected to demonstrate a commitment to teaching that speaks to and motivates undergraduates from diverse backgrounds.

All application materials (cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of teaching and research interests, and three letters of recommendation) should be submitted on Interfolio. Review of applications will begin on Feb 22nd, 2022. Questions regarding this position should be addressed to the search chair, Karen Chan.

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Collins Research Laboratory Assistant

The Biology department at Swarthmore College is soliciting applications for a Research Laboratory Assistant (RLA) in the group of Associate Prof. Eva-Maria Collins in the field of biological physics. This position is limited to 1-year, with potential for renewal pending funding.

Essential Responsibilities:
The RLA will work on a project studying the role of biomechanics in the feeding response of the freshwater polyp Hydra. This project involves hydra husbandry, making stock solutions, advanced microscopy, molecular and cellular biology, and training and supervision of undergraduate researchers in the group. Therefore, the successful applicant has a demonstrated experience with molecular or cellular biology techniques in a research setting and advanced microscopy skills. Applicants with experience working with cnidarians or other aquatic invertebrates are strongly encouraged to apply.

The successful candidate will work closely with interdisciplinary staff and undergraduate students at Swarthmore. This is a 1-year limited term position, with potential renewal pending external funding. This position offers a competitive benefits package and paid time off.

Required Qualifications:
Applicants should have a Bachelor degree in Biology, Bioengineering, Biophysics, or a related field. Prior experience and/or explicit interest of mentoring undergraduate students is preferred.

To apply, candidates should submit their application materials, including a Cover letter, CV, and emails 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.

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. 

Advertised: 5 Jan 2022

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, Neurotoxicology

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The Biology department at Swarthmore College is soliciting applications for a Post Doctoral Researcher who will conduct research under the supervision of Associate Prof. Eva-Maria Collins in the field of neurotoxicology. We are looking for a highly motivated researcher with excellent communication skills and a PhD in toxicology, pharmacology, computational biology, neurobiology, biomedical engineering, molecular biology, or closely related field. Training in toxicology is preferred but not required. Applicants with strong computational skills and/or an interest in instrumentation are especially encouraged to apply.

Essential Responsibilities:
This NIH-funded position is for a research project aimed at using freshwater planarians as a New Approach Methodology (NAM) for developmental neurotoxicity studies of organophosphorus pesticides (OPs). The Collins group has pioneered the planarian system for high-throughput neurotoxicology (Zhang et al., Tox. Sci 2019; Hagstrom et al., Tox. Sci 2019). The successful candidate will be responsible for conducting a medium-size screen testing individual OPs, binary mixtures, and control compounds using our custom screening platform. Candidates will perform computational image and data analysis and statistics, and thus the candidate should ideally demonstrate extensive experience with computational analyses and bioinformatics. Interest in instrumentation is preferred but not required.

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.

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.

This is a limited term position and is on an annual renewal basis, with a maximum duration of 3 years. This position offers a competitive benefits package and paid time off.

Required Qualifications:
PhD in toxicology, pharmacology, computational biology, neurobiology, biomedical engineering, molecular biology, or closely related field.

Preferred Qualifications:
Candidates with training in toxicology and strong computational skills and/or an interest in instrumentation are especially 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 directly 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. 

Advertised 5 Jan 2022

Postdoctoral Researcher

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We invite applications for an experimental & theoretical research postdoctoral position in biophysics to work in the group of Associate Prof. Eva-Maria Collins in the Biology Department at Swarthmore College. We are looking for a highly motivated researcher with a PhD in physics, quantitative biology, bio-engineering or neuroscience. The Collins lab is an interdisciplinary group of undergraduate students, postdocs, and research staff that thrives on teamwork and welcomes diverse candidates to join us. The successful candidate will have excellent communication skills and a keen interest in developing leadership skills and mentoring undergraduate students. The position provides plenty of opportunities to interact with faculty, postdocs, and undergraduate students in other departments at Swarthmore College, with colleagues at the University of Pennsylvania (only a 20min drive away), and national and international collaborators.

Essential Responsibilities:
This NSF-funded position is for a research project aimed at investigating how short-range forces generate long-range order in extreme tissue deformations using Hydra as an experimental system. Hydra is uniquely suitable for in vivo biomechanics studies due to its simple anatomy, optical transparency, and amenability to chemical, physical, and genetic perturbations. The focus of this project is Hydra mouth opening, which we have shown to be an excellent model for studying extreme tissue deformations, see this video.

Required Qualifications:
For this combined experimental and theoretical project, strong mathematical and computational skills are required. Ideally, the candidate also has experience with advanced microscopy (confocal, SPIM), and basic cell and molecular biology techniques. Interest in instrumentation is preferred but not required.

To apply, candidates should submit their application materials, including a Cover letter, CV, most relevant publications, 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. This is a limited term position and is on an annual renewal basis, with a maximum duration of 3 years.

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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