Ecological Immunogenetics and Amphibian Disease Ecology – Oklahoma

Oklahoma State University
Stillwater, Oklahoma
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Post Doctoral Appointments
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Research in the Waldman lab at the Department of Integrative Biology at Oklahoma State University focuses on the interaction of disease, adaptive immune function, and the evolution of behavioral strategies to effectively respond to emerging infectious pathogens. Recent studies demonstrate that amphibians can rapidly evolve immunogenetic defenses to pathogens such as the amphibian chytrid fungus. However, these adaptations potentially entail life-history costs that otherwise decrease fitness. We are examining, from an integrative perspective, how immune system genes, through the production of major histocompatibility complex (MHC) molecules and their regulation of microbial assemblages, generate social signals. Studies are underway both of the mechanisms of social discrimination and their fitness consequences. The project is global in scope, and takes advantage of collaborations with researchers in Asia, Australia, Central America and Europe. The successful candidate will have ample opportunities to interact with members of our department along with international colleagues. The Department of Integrative Biology has 28 faculty whose research addresses three main research themes: ecology, evolution, and environmental stress, all key aspects of our project. Oklahoma State University is a Carnegie Tier 1 research university with excellent facilities for research and instruction, including a high-performance computing center. Because of its mid-continent location that spans a broad expanse of habitats, from deciduous forest to semi-arid grasslands, Oklahoma offers a rich tapestry of prairie and forest ecosystems that support an exceptional level of biodiversity. The University is located in Stillwater, Oklahoma, rated the friendliest college town in America. Stillwater offers a high quality of life—a thriving college community with a low cost of living, and a local airport served by daily commercial flights. Two major metropolitan areas, offering additional cultural, recreational and shopping opportunities, are little more than an hour away by car. Applications should include a cover letter describing your experience and goals for the position, a full curriculum vitae, and the names and contact details (phone numbers and email addresses) of three references. Preliminary enquiries are welcome. Review of applications will begin 08/15/2021 but will continue until the position is filled. Applications or enquiries should be emailed to Oklahoma State University, as an equal opportunity employer, complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding non- discrimination and affirmative action. Oklahoma State University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all individuals and does not discriminate based on race, religion, age, sex, color, national origin, marital status, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, disability, or veteran status with regard to employment, educational programs and activities, and/or admissions. For more information, visit https:///
Candidates should have a Ph.D. in biology or related fields with experience in molecular biology, population genetics, bioinformatics, and a strong interest in evolution. Initial appointment is for one year, with expectation of renewal given satisfactory progress. The position is available beginning October 1, although the start date can be negotiated.
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Bruce Waldman
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