Postdoctoral Associate – Newmark Lab

The Organization

As an independent research organization, the Morgridge Institute for Research explores uncharted scientific territory to discover tomorrow’s cures. In affiliation with the University of Wisconsin-Madison, we support researchers who take a fearless approach to advancing human health in emerging fields such as regenerative biology, metabolism, virology and medical engineering. Through public programming, we work to inspire scientific curiosity in everyday life.

While the Newmark Lab is part of the Morgridge Institute, this position is funded by the Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI) and includes HHMI employee benefits.

The Opportunity:

The Newmark Lab at the University of Wisconsin-Madison is looking for an ambitious and self-motivated scientist interested in understanding the mechanisms by which stem cells drive regeneration in free-living flatworms (planarians) as well as disease pathology in parasitic blood flukes (i.e., schistosomes). Guided by experiments pioneered in planarians, our team is leveraging shared aspects of flatworm biology to characterize schistosome stem cells and development with the goal of understanding their biology and ultimately developing effective therapeutics. The successful candidate will have the chance to work in the exciting and rapidly expanding field of planarian and schistosome biology, with opportunities for interdisciplinary research. More information on the Newmark lab can be found at our website or on Twitter: @planapalooza.

Primary Responsibilities:

  • Spearhead projects to investigate development/regeneration in planarians and/or intra-mammalian development of schistosomes.
  • Independently design and conduct experiments under the supervision of the Principal Investigator.
  • Keep up-to-date of pertinent literature to inform project design and experimental approaches.
  • Present data to the entire lab (~1-2 times a year), and occasionally at scientific meetings.
  • Train, supervise, and collaborate with other students and scientists.
  • Share research findings via peer-reviewed publications.


  • Ph.D. (currently or by May 2021) with experience in developmental biology, parasitology, immunology, genetics, biochemistry, or molecular biology.
  • Experience working with rodents preferred but not required.
  • Strong scientific publication history.
  • Excellent troubleshooting and organizational abilities.
  • Excellent oral communication and interpersonal skill

To apply:

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter and resume via the link below.

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