Postdoctoral position (filled)

This position has been filled.

Join an interdisciplinary team examining the evolution and scaling of muscle and elastic systems. Based at the Patek Lab in the Biology department at Duke University, and collaborating closely with the Physics of Soft Matter Lab in the Physics Department at Harvey Mudd College, the broad goal of this research is to establish the principles by which biological systems navigate physics-based limits and transitions through scaling and evolutionary processes. 

  • Ph.D. in Biology or related field 
  • journal publication record 
  •  experience working with live organisms, ideally in the field 
  •  previous experience in at least one of the following areas: comparative biomechanics, comparative physiology, or phylogenetic evolutionary analysis  
The candidate should demonstrate: 
  • Interest in physiological and mechanical principles of biological movement in an rigorous evolutionary framework 
  • Ability to lead productive research initiatives with creativity, self-sufficiency and motivation 
  • Interest in conducting marine fieldwork 
  • Interest in integrating biomechanical and physiological data with mathematical modeling and phylogenetic comparative analyses 
  • Commitment to mentor and collaborate with students in the Physics of Soft Matter Lab at Harvey Mudd College (led by Prof. Mark Ilton). Option to spend summers guiding the group, with support provided to develop mentoring, leadership and scientific management skills. 
  • Commitment to engage broader communities in research and develop broader impact skills through working with high school teachers and implementing structural changes in academic research to enhance inclusiveness through the Muser program. 
 APPLICATIONS DUE JANUARY 22, 2021 Become part of a diverse and inclusive research team and university, with outstanding job benefits in a culturally diverse and affordable geographic region. The position is available immediately with the start date ideally no later than late spring or early summer 2021. The position is based on funding for a three year position. The initial appointment will be for 12 months with the possibility for renewal contingent on performance and continuing funding availability for up to 3 years. Salary starts at $52,704. Contact Prof. Patek via email for additional information and questions about the position. The job application must be submitted to Academic Jobs Online (job #17817) and should include: 
  1. Cover letter including your specific research interests in this position, how your previous research provides a strong foundation for this position, and how this position connects to your career goals. 
  2. C.V. 
  3. List of three references including contact information and the basis of the relationship to the candidate. Letters of recommendation will be requested later in the review process.

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