Job Opportunity

Postdoctoral Research/Teaching Fellow 

The Mangiamele Lab at Smith College has opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow (2 yr position). This is an excellent opportunity for a researcher who is interested in pursuing a career as a teacher-scholar at a primarily undergraduate institution.

We are looking for a postdoc to lead research investigating the neuroendocrine mechanisms of behavioral evolution. We combine lab and field studies of “foot-flagging” frogs, in which males wave their hind limbs to attract mates and deter rivals, to test whether the evolution of this behavior is associated with a change in the neuromuscular mechanisms that control the hind leg. Ongoing projects include:

  • Functional effects of androgenic hormones on foot-flagging behavior and motoneuron morphology
  • Distribution of androgen receptors in the brain and spinal cord of foot-flagging vs. non-foot-flagging frogs
  • Comparative genomics and/or gene expression studies of target genes that are likely important for directing a new motor pattern (which include proteins involved in neuron-neuron communication, innervation of target muscles, and determining motoneuron cell body size and synaptic contacts)

The postdoc will also be responsible for teaching one intermediate or advanced lab-based course per semester in the Neuroscience program. Developing the postdoc’s skill and confidence in the classroom in an important component of the mentoring program provided by the PI. 

The Mangiamele lab includes an AALAC-accredited animal care facility with a humid room for our frog colony, lab spaces for behavioral testing and standard neurobiological/molecular benchwork, a microscopy room, and access to shared equipment in the Center for Molecular Biology and Center for Microscopy and Imaging. The postdoc would also have the opportunity to conduct research abroad with our collaborator at the Vienna Zoo.

We value diversity and an inclusive lab environment and encourage candidates from underrepresented backgrounds to apply. For inquiries, email lmangiamele [at] smith.edu. See job ad below for details on how to apply. Come join us!!

 


The Program in Neuroscience at Smith College invites applications for a one-year, benefits eligible position at the rank of Postdoctoral Fellow to begin by Dec 1, 2021 and renewable for a second year pending satisfactory performance. The successful candidate will conduct independent research and supervise undergraduates in collaboration with the Mangiamele lab (https://www.science.smith.edu/mangiamele/). The Mangiamele lab focuses on neuroendocrine mechanisms of behavioral evolution in foot-flagging frogs and is funded by NSF. Teaching responsibilities for this position will regularly include one laboratory-based course per semester in our neuroscience curriculum. Candidates should have a strong background in neuroethology and/or behavioral endocrinology.  Ph.D. is expected by the time of appointment. Candidates with experience in teaching or an interest in a career at a primarily undergraduate institution (PUI) or liberal arts college are encouraged to apply. Candidates from groups underrepresented in neuroscience are especially encouraged to apply.

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.  A faculty of outstanding scholars interact with students in small classes, as advisors, and through student-faculty research projects. Smith College offers opportunities to foster faculty success at every career stage, such as those listed here: https://www.smith.edu/about-smith/provost/faculty-development.  The College is a member of the Five College Consortium with Amherst, Hampshire and Mt. Holyoke Colleges, and the University of Massachusetts Amherst.  Students cross-enroll and faculty cross-teach across the Five Colleges. Details about the Program in Neuroscience may be found at https://www.smith.edu/academics/neuroscience.

Diversity and a culture of equity and inclusion among students, staff, faculty, and administration are crucial to the mission and values of Smith College. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, historically underrepresented minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Submit application at http://apply.interfolio.com/85628 with a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a personal statement that describes your research goals and teaching philosophy, a statement of how you plan to address diversity and inclusion in your research and teaching, and the contact information for three confidential references. Finalists will be asked for additional materials. Review of applications will begin immediately.

Diversity and a culture of equity and inclusion among students, staff, faculty, and administration are crucial to the mission and values of Smith College. We are an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and do not discriminate on the basis of race, gender, age, color, religion, national origin, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity and expression or veteran status in the recruitment and employment of faculty and staff, and the operation of any of its programs and activities, as specified by all applicable laws and regulations. Women, historically underrepresented minorities, veterans, and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply.