Graduate Position: ClarkU.AnnelidNeuralEvodevo

We are accepting applicants after the Clark University
> Deadline.
> A PhD position is available in the laboratory of N¨¦va Meyer at Clark
> University in Worcester, MA USA beginning in late August 2020 as follows:
> The successful applicant will develop a project focused on molecular
> control of neural specification in the annelid Capitella teleta, but
> this can be expanded to include other spiralians/lophotrochozoans and
> different avenues of research depending on the applicant¡¯s interests and
> goals. Possible avenues of research include analysis of fate specification
> via blastomere isolation, genetic manipulation, and transcriptomic
> profiling. There will be multiple opportunities for career development,
> including mentoring, participating as a guest lecturer in courses taught
> by the PI, and attending workshops such as the Embryology course at the
> Marine Biological Laboratories.
> Spiralians are a great group of animals to study evolution of body plans
> in part because many spiralian taxa develop via a stereotypic and likely
> ancestral cleavage program. Ultimately, this cleavage program results in
> formation of highly diverse body plans. Research in Dr. Meyer¡¯s lab
> is currently focused on understanding how centralized nervous systems
> evolved. The research community that studies evolution and development
> of spiralians is rapidly growing and is very welcoming and collaborative.
> The successful applicant will enter Clark University’s Biology PhD program
> with an anticipated start date in late August. Previous experience in
> molecular biology and working with marine larvae and/or bioinformatics is
> desirable. Additionally, the Meyer lab is interested in creative, engaged
> applicants who can contribute to diversity of the academic community,
> for example via outreach to students from historically underrepresented
> communities. The successful applicant will be guaranteed funding for
> five years through a combination of research assistantships and teaching
> assistantships.
> Please email a cover letter explaining your interest in the position
> and qualifications and a CV to