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Postdoctoral Scholar - Genome Sciences - Killifish

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School / Campus / College: School of Medicine

Organization: Genome Sciences

Title: Postdoctoral Scholar - Genome Sciences - Killifish

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Position Description

As a UW employee, you will enjoy generous benefits and work/life programs. For a complete description of our benefits for this position, please visit our Benefits page.

The Abitua lab currently has an outstanding opportunity for a non-tenure eligible Postdoctoral Researcher, anticipated start date Fall 2022 or early 2023. We are a new lab studying the evolution of novel cell types and cell states in annual killifish embryos that have adapted to an extreme environment. The successful candidate will help define the culture of this blossoming research team.

The Postdoctoral Researcher will lead one of two projects:
1)    Investigating the mechanisms of self-organization during germ layer specification.
2)    Studying how embryonic adaptation affects lifespan.

The lab uses a multifaceted approach to address scientific questions including live light sheet microscopy, genetic engineering, single cell genomics, quantitative biology, etc. Dr. Abitua is also open to exploring other projects regarding annual killifish development as long as the work can be clearly defined and addressed.

Background: The Abitua lab is located in the Department of Genome Sciences at the University of Washington. The University of Washington is proud to be one of the nation’s premier educational and research institutions. Our people are our most important asset in our pursuit of excellence in education, research, and community service. Thus, our staff enjoys outstanding benefits and professional growth opportunities as well as an environment noted for diversity, community involvement, intellectual excitement, artistic pursuits and natural beauty.  

The Department of Genome Sciences, part of the University of Washington School of Medicine, focuses on answering critical scientific questions by developing and applying genetic, genomic and computational approaches. In particular, we are making major contributions in the application of genomics to understand the fundamentals of biology and to improve human health and wellbeing. Genome Sciences boasts a collaborative, integrated environment supported by a diversity of academic disciplines. We also work with a multitude of others both on the UW campus as well as worldwide. The department has been highly successful, expanding since its beginning in 2001 to 63 training, teaching, and research faculty with annual grant awards of $68.5M in FY21.

The Department of Genome Sciences is committed to creating an environment that is welcoming and inclusive. Our goal is to foster a place of learning and working where all members can thrive and where diversity is recognized and celebrated. At Genome Sciences, we aim to create supportive spaces for those who are marginalized in higher education or society. To achieve this, we recognize that it is our ongoing responsibility to understand, acknowledge, and challenge systems of privilege and disadvantage in higher education such as those based on race, color, creed, caste, religion, national origin, citizenship, sex, age, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, disability, veteran status, or socioeconomic status.

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Minimum requirements
•    Ph.D. or foreign equivalent in molecular and cellular biology or a related field
•    Outstanding academic and professional track record

Desired qualifications
•    Experience with current molecular biology and genomics experimental approaches
•    Experience working with vertebrate models, ideally fish
•    Experience with genome engineering and genotyping
•    Experience with fluorescent microscopy and imaging analysis
•    Experience with programing, particularly in MATLAB
•    Innovative and analytical thinker, with a disciplined and organized approach
•    Strong interpersonal and communication skills, with an interest in collaborative work
•    Self-motivated, enthusiastic and driven to grow
•    Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment


Application Instructions

Please submit your Curriculum vitae (CV), a one-page statement of how your research interests are related to this position, and contact information for 3 references via Interfolio. For questions or inquiries, please e-mail Phil Abitua at

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