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***Thank you for your interest in job opportunities with the XGSC. However, we are not recruiting at this time.***

Postdoctoral Research Associate in Molecular Genetics and Bioinformatics (posted October 1, 2015)

A Ph.D. level research position is available in molecular genetics and bioinformatics utilizing the Xiphophorus fish model system ( to explore gene interaction and regulation events within interspecies hybrids.  Desirable candidates will have experience performing independent research and effective  skills needed to perform comparative genomic studies using novel data stemming from current Xiphophorus transcriptome and genome projects.  Expertise in genetics, bioinformatic data mining and previous research experience is required. Prior experience in setting up and maintaining large databases (i.e., microarray, next generation sequence data) and knowledge of current assembly programs is desired.

Preference will be given to candidates having experience in genome biology, computer science, or bioinformatics. Ideally candidates will be familiar with management and analysis of large-scale genomic datasets, in particular sequencing data. Basic skills in command line operation, Linux operating systems and a strong background in at least one scripting or programming language (e.g. Perl, Python) will be considered an advantage.  This post will provide excellent experience and access to novel data in this rapidly developing field for individuals looking to advance towards an independent research career.

Salaries are competitive and this position will be provided both technical support and travel support for training workshops and visitations at collaborating laboratories. Length of appointment is anticipated to be 2 years, dependent on progress.  

Applications consisting of a cover letter, a comprehensive C.V. to include the names and contact details of three referees should be submitted.

Undergraduate Research Assistant

Open to current undergraduate students in the Biochemistry program.


Graduate Research Assistant

Open to current or anticipated Master's students in the Biochemistry program.


Undergraduate Stock Center Assistant

Responsible for feeding the fish in the stock center and maintaining aquaria. Work-study students preferred. If interested, contact the stock center manager, Markita Savage (


***We are not currently recruiting for the positions below. However, if you feel that your skills and background would be an asset to our research, please investigate typical job descriptions below.***

Research Technician/Senior Research Technician

Assist senior research personnel in all research projects, train graduate and undergraduate students, and conduct high level independent research leading to impacting discoveries and publications.

Visiting Scientist

Scientist interested in visiting the Xiphophorus Genetic Stock Center for either collaborations and/or training in areas such as bioinformatics, line breeding, and high-throughput sequencing may request information through Mikki Boswell (