Postdoctoral position (UK) - The role of DAF-16 in driving the evolution of immu

Postdoctoral position (UK) - The role of DAF-16 in driving the evolution of immunity mechanisms in nematodes

A BBSRC-supported Research Fellow position is available in the May Lab ( at the University of Birmingham, UK, to study the evolution of immunity and ageing mechanisms in nematodes.

We are interested in the molecular evolution of innate immunity which, in C. elegans, is under the control of the DAF-2/DAF-16 insulin-like signalling pathway. This project is intended to expand on our recent work on the link between innate immunity and ageing (Genetics 173:677; Bioessays 29:795) in order to investigate the molecular evolution of the DAF-16 pathway in the rhabditid nematodes.

The post will involve classical and reverse genetics in C. elegans as well as transgenesis and microbiology approaches. Applicants should have a PhD in a biological subject and proven relevant experience.

The University of Birmingham ( is a campus university located in the leafy Edgbaston area of Birmingham, UK, 3 km south of the city centre and 15 km from Birmingham International Airport.

Informal enquiries can be addressed to Robin May at r.c.may at

Starting salary £25,134 - £25,888 a year. This position is available for a period of 34 months. Reference: H46068. See for application details or telephone +44 (0) 121 415 9000.

Closing date for applications is 28th September 2007