Post Doctoral Research Position in Biological Sciences

Massachusetts, United States
Salary Not specified
Jun 03, 2021
Employment Level
Employment Type
Full Time

The Department of Biological Sciences at Smith College invites applications for a benefits eligible postdoctoral position, focusing on genome evolution in microeukaryotes (aka protists), to begin August 1, 2021. The bulk of the work will focus on bioinformatic analyses of data generated in the lab from ‘shell-building amoebae’ in both Arcellinida and Rhizaria. The initial appointment is for one year, with the possibility of extending for additional years. The position will be housed in Professor Laura Katz's laboratory in the Department of Biological Sciences (; questions should be directed to

The aims of this project include characterizing genomes from poorly-studied clades and reconstructing the evolutionary history of both genes and species (i.e. species delineation). The ideal candidate will: 1) be a productive researcher with interests in both biodiversity and phylogenomics of microorganisms; 2) have experience identifying and isolating diverse protists; 3) have knowledge of bioinformatic and/or phylogenetic tools; 3) have excellent communication and interpersonal skills; and 4) be interested in collaborating with graduate and undergraduate students in the laboratory.

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 we focus 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).

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. The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst and students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges.

Application Instructions

Submit application at with a cover letter, curriculum vitae, sample publications and the contact information for three confidential references. Finalists may be asked for additional materials. Review of applications will begin on June 15, 2021.