Postodoc and Ph.D. Positions at the University of Florida (Modeling rare diseases in C. elegans)

The Bai Lab at University of Florida (Gainesville), Department of Biology, is actively seeking a highly motivated and creative postdoctoral fellow and a Ph.D. candidate to join our research group. As a postdoctoral fellow and graduate student, the candidate will have the opportunity to contribute to exciting projects centered around modeling human diseases in the nematode model Caenorhabditis elegans. Our current research endeavors primarily focus on unraveling the intricacies of disease-genes associated with lipid droplet, lipid metabolism, and mechanotransduction.

The candidates will be encouraged to develop and explore their own research ideas, while actively collaborating with both intramural and extramural colleagues. Together, we aim to investigate the cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying these disease-associated genes, which will help advancing our understanding of their profound implications for human health.


Qualified postdoctoral candidates must hold a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in genetics, cell biology, developmental biology, bioinformatics, or a related field. Proficiency in genetics, imaging, molecular biology techniques and experience in utilizing CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing methodologies are highly desirable. Prior experience working with C. elegans will be considered favorably. A strong publication record demonstrating research productivity and showcasing the ability to independently design and conduct experiments is essential. The position requires excellent written and verbal communication skills to effectively communicate research findings and collaborate with colleagues.

Qualified Ph.D. candidates are required to hold a B.S. or M.S. degree in biology or related field. Prior experience working with genetic model systems specifically C. elegans or Drosophila, as well as CRISPR/Cas9 gene editing, will be considered favorably.

How to Apply:

The Bai Lab is strongly committed to cultivating a diverse, inclusive, and equitable environment for all our trainee and employees. Furthermore, the University of Florida provides a vibrant scientific community with numerous interdisciplinary collaborations and career development opportunities. If you are interested in studying disease-associated genes and fundamental cell and developmental biology in the beautiful Sunshine State (we are only an hour away from Atlantic beaches), please submit your CV and a cover letter outlining your qualifications and research interest to Dr. Xiaofei Bai at The candidates are responsible for managing the submission of three recommendation letters directly to Dr. Bai. More information about the lab and research can be found at the lab website: The position is open until filled.

Prospective candidates must apply the program through UF graduate system. The Bai lab accepts applications from the students enrolled in the graduate program offered by either the Department of Biology or the Genetics Institute. Candidates interested in the Department of Biology should be responsible for submitting three recommendation letters directly to Dr. Bai. After being shortlisted, the candidate will need to participate a virtual interview. More information about the lab and research can be found at the lab website: The position is open until filled.