Postdoctoral Research Position, Whiteman Laboratory, University of California-Berkeley

Posted 4/19/2017

A postdoctoral research position in the Whiteman Laboratory in the Department of Integrative Biology at University of California-Berkeley is available starting in the summer 2017 and for up to three years. The ideal candidate will be a member of the Drosophila research community and have excellent training and peer-reviewed publications in one or more of these areas: evolution of development, biochemistry (enzymology and protein structure-function), molecular and cellular biology and/or neuroscience. The specific area of research is open, but the researcher will leverage a host-parasite interaction system involving the drosophilid fly Scaptomyza flava and the model plant Arabidopsis thaliana. S. flava is in the fruit fly (Drosophila) lineage, but is an obligate parasite of mustard plants. Adult females cut holes in leaves, drink the exudates and then lay eggs in some of these wounds. The larvae mine (tunnel) in the leaves until they pupate--plants activate their anti-herbivore defenses upon attack. We are particularly interested dissecting the mechanisms underlying the the evolution of plant parasitism. This includes, identifying the molecular basis of adaptations that arose to overcome barriers to colonization, including attaching to the host, overcoming plant toxins and a nutrient-poor diet afforded by leaves and host-finding, particularly chemosensation. Projects and publications are available at The postdoctoral researcher will be encouraged to take their project with them when they leave the lab if they desire, and will be mentored according to their career goals. Interested candidates should email Dr. Noah Whiteman at: by April 30th and include their CV and a 1 page statement that includes their research experience along with two ideas for potential research projects.

Last Updated 04/19/2017