December 31, 2018

A highly motivated postdoc candidate is sought immediately in the Lyons lab ( to join our investigation of the development and function of the nervous system in the nudibranch Berghia stephanieae.  This project is part of an NIH BRAIN project entitled "A 5-dimensional connectomic approach to the neural basis of behavior.":

This project is a collaboration with Paul Katz and Vince Lyzinski at the University of Massachusetts, Amherst, Jeff Lichtman at Harvard University, and William Frost at Rosalind Franklin Medical School.  The goal of our part of the project is to establish transgenic lines of Berghia expressing reporters to facilitate the study of neural behavior in vivo. In parallel, we will establish a high-resolution fate map of the juvenile and adult nervous systems. The postdoc will generate and use genomic resources such as developmental transcriptomes, whole-genome sequences, and ATAC-seq data.  The Lyons Lab offers a broad range of systems for comparative developmental studies among molluscs and echinoderms, and offers a highly interdisciplinary and collaborative environment within the lab and among other labs at the Scripps Institution of Oceanography ( and the University of California San Diego main campus (

To qualify, applicants must have a Ph.D. (or be close to earning one) and experience in molecular biology and/or genetics. In addition, the ideal candidate will possess strong training in transgenesis, and genome engineering technology, including CRISPR/Cas9 editing, gene delivery techniques (e.g. microinjection, electroporation), and cis-regulatory element identification and analysis. 

Application instructions:

Interested candidates should submit the following items, as a single PDF, to Dr. Deirdre Lyons (

1. Cover letter explaining your interest in the position and qualifications

2. CV

3. Statement of research/career goals

4. Names and contact information for at least three references

 Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until position is filled.