A research assistant position is available in my lab at KU to work on flies and complex traits. The position will involve both fly work and molecular biology (including approaches using high-throughput sequencing), and might be great for someone interested in gathering more research experience before going to graduate school. Experience with flies would be a plus, but isn’t required. The formal announcement, and links to the institutional employment website are provided below. Feel free to email me with any questions. Stuart Macdonald (

A research assistant position is available in the Macdonald lab in the Department of Molecular Biosciences at KU. The Macdonald group explores the genetic basis of complex phenotypic variation using Drosophila as a model system. The successful candidate will help maintain a panel of fly lines, supervise and carry out large-scale phenotyping screens, and generate next-generation sequencing libraries for various genomics applications. We are looking for an enthusiastic and organized individual who is willing to learn new skills, and has excellent oral and written communication skills. Previous research assistants in the Macdonald group have undertaken independent research projects and been authors on research publications from the lab. The position is funded through a multi-year NIH grant and has an anticipated start date of July 1, 2017 (although this is negotiable).

Required qualifications include a Bachelor’s degree in biology (or a related field) by the time of appointment, and some experience with laboratory molecular biology techniques. Prior experience with flies and/or next generation sequencing library construction would be a plus.

For a complete announcement and to apply online, go to

Please direct any questions about the position to Stuart Macdonald (

A complete online application includes the following materials: A CV/resume, a cover letter outlining relevant experience, and contact information (phone/email/address) for three referees. Initial review of applications begins 1 May 2017 and will continue until the position is filled.

The University of Kansas prohibits discrimination on the basis of race, color, ethnicity, religion, sex, national origin, age, ancestry, disability, status as a veteran, sexual orientation, marital status, parental status, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information and retaliation in the University’s programs and activities. Access to information regarding equal opportunity and diversity worksite posters is available at or you may contact 785-864-4946 or for alternate access options. Any inquiries regarding the non-discrimination policies should be directed to: Executive Director of the Office of Institutional Opportunity and Access,, 1246 W. Campus Road, Room 153A, Lawrence, KS, 66045, (785)864-6414, 711 TTY.