Postdoctoral Research Associate – Evolution of Novelty

Cornell University

Ithaca, NY

Posted 3/15/2023

The Babonis Lab in the Department of Ecology and Evolutionary Biology at Cornell University seeks to hire a highly motivated postdoc to work on the evolution of cnidocyte (stinging cell) diversity in cnidarians (corals, sea anemones, jellyfish). The Babonis Lab is broadly interested in understanding the origin of taxon-specific traits (novelties) across levels of organization. Primary areas of interest in the lab include: the functional diversification of cnidocytes (stinging cells), the emergence of specialized animal secretory cell types, the evolution of regeneration and stem cell identity, the origin of novel genes, and the assembly of novel gene regulatory networks. For more information on our interests, please visit:

To qualify, applicants must have a Ph.D. and expertise in molecular biology, genetics, biochemistry, and embryonic development. The ideal candidate will also have significant experience with functional genomics, genome editing (including CRISPR/Cas9 technology), gene delivery techniques (e.g. microinjection, electroporation), and DNA and RNA sequencing and analysis. The position will be appointed initially for 1 year with the option to renew pending satisfactory performance. Salary is commensurate with NIH standards.

Review of applications will begin April 1, 2023. The preferred start date for the position is June 1, 2023.  For additional details and to apply, please visit:


Last Updated 03/15/2023