Postdoctoral Associate in Marine Invertebrate Stem Cell Biology

University of Florida


The University of Florida, Whitney Laboratory for Marine Bioscience, Schnitzler Lab seeks a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher to work on our NIH-funded stem cell heterogeneity project in the marine hydroid Hydractinia, using modern experimental and computational biology techniques. The project includes characterizing subpopulations of adult stem cells including investigating how stem cells are maintained and how progenitor populations are specified in different contexts, including regeneration. The postdoctoral associate will be expected to lead research activities related to these topics, including designing and performing experiments, developing and executing protocols, performing data analysis, and writing manuscripts and grants. The position will involve performing research as part of a team, as well as training and mentoring other lab members.

The ideal candidate will have extensive experience in molecular and cellular biology techniques such as: DNA and RNA extraction, molecular cloning, in situ hybridization, quantitative PCR, epifluorescence and confocal microscopy, and fluorescence activated cell sorting (FACS). Experience with gene manipulation or gene editing techniques and microinjection or electroporation is preferred. Experience with generating and processing bulk and single-cell RNA-sequencing or similar transcriptomic datasets, and Unix/command line and programming skills is preferred. Experience with cnidarians or other marine invertebrate organisms would also be advantageous.


Minimum requirements:

Candidates should have or be close to obtaining a Ph.D. in developmental biology, cell and molecular biology, evolutionary developmental biology or a related subject. We are a lab that supports diversity and inclusion. Candidates from groups that are traditionally underrepresented in the sciences are strongly encouraged to apply.

Application Instructions

Special instructions to applicants:

Please upload your curriculum vitae with publication list, a detailed letter of interest, a one-page summary of your Ph.D. thesis, and contact information for three professional references with your online application form.

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire.  A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible.  Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity institution dedicated to building a broadly diverse and inclusive faculty and staff.

The University of Florida is An Equal Employment Opportunity Institution. If an accommodation due to a disability is needed to apply for this position, please call 352/392-2477 or the Florida Relay System at 800/955-8771 (TDD). Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the US. Searches are conducted in accordance with Florida's Sunshine Law.