Beginning as soon as April 2018, a postdoctoral position is available to 
study tolerance of infection in the lab of Dr. James Adelman at Iowa State 
University. This project will use comparative, molecular, and experimental 
techniques to uncover patterns, mechanisms, and consequences of tolerance 
in an ecologically relevant host pathogen system: house finches infected 
with Mycoplasma gallisepticum. The postdoc will be responsible for 
overseeing field and laboratory objectives of this project, while 
generating additional, related experiments that augment the project’s 
goals. The postdoc will also help mentor graduate and undergraduate 
students in the lab to enhance their abilities in independent research.

Qualifications and Application Process
Minimum requirements include a PhD in biology, ecology, or a related field, 
with some experience in immunological and molecular techniques, experience 
working with birds or other small vertebrates, excellent written and oral 
communication skills, a strong publication record, and the ability work 
both independently and with diverse research teams. Ideal applicants will 
have an interest travel, as this project involves fieldwork in diverse 
locations and collaboration with colleagues at Virginia Tech. Experience 
with RNA expression, disease ecology, and successful mentoring of 
undergraduates is also desirable.

To apply, please submit a cover letter outlining your interest in the 
position, research experience, and career goals; a curriculum vitae; 
reprints of up to two published papers; and contact information for three 
references. All materials should be sent to Dr. James Adelman at 

Review of applications will begin March 15, 2018, with an anticipated start 
date before June 1, 2018. Salary for postdocs at Iowa State begins at 
$46,000 per year, with benefits, and increases depending on prior 
postdoctoral experience. Iowa State University is an Equal 
Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. All qualified applicants will 
receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, 
religion, sex, national origin, disability, or protected Veteran status and 
will not be discriminated against.

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