Postdoctoral position in fish physiology and epigenetics

Birmingham, AL Full Time DOE

Job Details

A postdoctoral position in nutritional epigenetic mechanisms is available in the laboratory of Dr. Peggy Biga in the Department of Biology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.


The lab is interested in understanding epigenetic mechanisms underlying maternal effect on offspring, with an emphasis on how maternal diet influences offspring metabolic and growth physiology in relation to epigenetic regulatory mechanisms. Using cellular, molecular, genomic, and whole organism approaches, our research focuses on 1) understanding the molecular basis of maternal effect on metabolic health, 2) discovery of epigenetic targets for maternal dietary influence, and 3) understanding the transgenerational effects of maternal diet. Our lab uses fish species as our model organisms, so experience/background in fish biology is a plus. The postdoctoral scientist will have the opportunity to work with rainbow trout and zebrafish models to understand maternal diet effects on offspring performance.


We are looking for a scientist with demonstrated independence, and passion for epigenetics, genomics, and comparative biology. Prior experience in epigenetics or genomics research is a plus but not essential. The successful candidate will have the opportunity to establish multidisciplinary collaborations and develop state-of-the-art genetic/genomic tools (ChIP-seq, RRBS) and utilize both in vivo and in vitro methodology.


Desired Qualifications

1)   Candidates must have a doctoral degree (Ph.D.) in zoology, biology, molecular biology, epigenetics, genetics or genomics, or related field.

2)   Preference will be given to creative and motivated candidates with experience in nutritional and growth physiology, primary cell culture, epigenetics, and/or larger-scale genomics analyses.

3)   The ideal postdoctoral candidate will be dedicated to basic research with strong analytical and communication skills. The fellow is expected to collaborate with colleagues inside and outside the laboratory

The ideal candidate will also serve as a leader within the laboratory, so previous mentoring and leadership experience will be given preference.

Contact Information

University of Alabama at Birmingham

To apply: Please send the following to

1)   A cover letter summarizing research interests and accomplishments; describing how your skills, training, and experience fit with the lab; and explain how this work would fit with your future career goals;

2)   A complete CV with a publication list;

3)   Contact information for three references


Start date: July 2019 and later.

Post Date: 6/12/2019 8:50:05 AM
Closing Date: 7/31/2019 12:00:00 AM