Postdoctoral Associate or Assistant Research Professor (posted on Nov. 30, 2018)

A position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Jianjun Sun at the University of Connecticut Department of Physiology and Neurobiology to study the mechanism of ovulation and develop non-steroidal contraceptive medicines using pharmacogenetic approaches. This position, founded by the Grand Challenges Explorations Phase II Award from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, can be at the level of either a Postdoctoral Associate or Assistant Research Professor depending upon experience level.

The Sun lab pioneers in using Drosophila model to investigate the conserved mechanisms of ovulation and developed high-throughput platforms for screening small compounds that can inhibit follicle rupture and be further developed into non-steroidal contraceptive medicines. The postdoctoral associate will participate in the small library screens, investigate the molecular mechanisms of candidate compounds in inhibiting follicle rupture, and evaluate the contraceptive property of leading compounds.

The ideal candidate for this position will have a PhD or MD/PhD degree and a strong background in reproductive genetics. The candidate should be able to work independently and take a leading role on the assigned project, under supervision and guidance of the P.I. The candidate is also responsible in supervision and training of less experienced lab members. Previous experience in Drosophila genetics and/or reproductive biology is highly desirable. Candidates for an Assistant Research Professor position must have a minimum of 3 years of postdoctoral experience.

Interested individuals please email CV, a personal statement, and 3 references to: Jianjun.sun@uconn.edu. Salary will be commensurate with appropriate experience according to NIH scale.

The University of Connecticut is an EEO/AA employer.

Research Assistant (posted on Jan 18, 2019)

A full-time Research Assistant position funded by the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation is immediately available in the Department of Physiology & Neurobiology at the University of Connecticut under the direction of Dr. Jianjun Sun. The candidate will participate in pharmacological screens to identify small compounds for non-hormonal contraceptive development using a Drosophila model. Duties will include: performing genetic crosses, dissecting Drosophila ovaries, carrying out pharmacological screening, and validating candidate hits with Drosophila ovulation assays.

MINIMIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: Bachelor’s degree in genetics/biology or related discipline; at least one year’s experience working in a research laboratory; the ability to perform tasks in a clean and organized fashion, to meet deadlines, and to communicate results

PREFERRED QUALIFICATIONS: Experience working with Drosophila and fine-motor skills for Drosophila dissection; good time management and problem solving-skills; strongly encourage newly graduated students to apply.

SALARY: Commensurate with qualification and experience.

TERM OF APPOINTMENT: Initial appointment is for six months and could be extended for two years or more upon satisfactory performance.

TO APPLY: For full consideration, please send a cover letter addressing how the candidate meets the qualifications, curriculum vitae and the names and email contacts of three professional references in a single pdf file to Dr. Jianjun Sun (Jianjun.sun@uconn.edu).

Employment of the successful candidate will be contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check.

CLOSING DATE: Position open until filled.

The University of Connecticut is an EEO/AA employer.

Graduate Student

Motivated and outstanding graduate students are encouraged to contact Dr. Sun for open positions.

Please send your inquires to jianjun.sun@uconn.edu if you are interested in our projects.