Research Post Doc - Segraves Lab

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Job # 075355 Job Title Research Post Doc - Segraves Lab Location Syracuse Pay Range Commensurate with experience FLSA Status Exempt Hours

As determined by department chair

Job Type Full-time Rank Post Doc Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description

The Segraves and Althoff labs at Syracuse University are inviting applications for a joint postdoctoral position to conduct research on the community and evolutionary ecology of multi-species mutualisms using a synthetic mutualism lab system based on strains of brewer’s yeast. The overall goal of the project is to evaluate qualitative and quantitative theoretical predictions by using an easily replicable and fast-growing community of organisms. The project involves experimentally manipulating community structure to examine the properties of mutualistic communities that contribute to their persistence. A dynamic model of multi-species mutualism will also be constructed to capture and predict the ecology of these synthetic communities and to identify key parameters that facilitate persistence. This project will involve joint collaborations with the Segraves and Althoff labs ( and as well as with Mark Ritchie at Syracuse University. S.U.’s Department of Biology is a collaborative group of vibrant researchers spanning a wide array of disciplines and close affiliations with faculty at SUNY -Environmental Science and Forestry.


A Ph.D. in evolutionary ecology, community ecology, experimental evolution, or theoretical ecology is required. Ideal candidates have combined empirical and theoretical experience in species interactions and strong interests in linking experimental data with results from mathematical models. Proficiency in basic molecular biology skills such as pipetting, making solutions, culturing microorganisms, and sterile technique is required.

Job Specific Qualifications

Strong organizational skills, self-motivation, excellent oral and written communication skills, and the ability to work collaboratively within a diverse, multi-disciplinary research group are essential.


Conduct supervised and independent research on multi-species mutualisms, mentor undergraduate and high school students, and prepare research findings for publication.

Physical Requirements Tools/Equipment Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please attach a curriculum vitae and cover letter.

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Quick Link Job Posting Date 09/29/2020 Application Deadline 10/07/2020 Open Until Filled Yes Priority Consideration Job Category Staff Message to Applicants

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