A fully funded postdoctoral position is available in the Laboratory of Regulatory Evolution (Tschopp group - http://evolution.unibas.ch/tschopp/) at the Zoological Institute, University of Basel, Switzerland. We study how developmental processes can get modified, to give rise to morphological diversification on an evolutionary time-scale, using the vertebrate skeleton and its neuromuscular system as a model.
Hands and feet display the highest degree of morphological diversification in the appendicular skeleton. The present project will investigate the potential for developmental plasticity in the limb neuromuscular system in response to changes in dactyly, i.e. altering digit numbers. We will employ experimental embryology, axonal backfilling, NextGeneration-Sequencing and gene knock-down/overexpression experiments.
We offer a highly interactive and interdisciplinary research environment and a very competitive salary by international standards. Full funding is available for 2 years. The successful candidate will have a PhD in developmental biology and/or neurobiology, and ideally skills in embryology, molecular biology and NextGeneration-Sequencing. Experience in axonal backfilling techniques will be a big plus.
Please send your application with a brief statement of motivation, a current CV and contacts for references to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Evaluation will begin on Dec. 1st 2016 – earliest start is 1 January 2017.