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Decoding Developmental Signaling

Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Childhood Health and Human Development, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

Position Description:

The Unit on Developmental Signaling (UDS) seeks candidates for a postdoc position at the NIH campus in Bethesda near Washington, D.C. The postdoc will investigate fundamental questions in developmental biology using cutting-edge molecular optogenetics and quantitative imaging approaches.

The UDS was established July 2021 at the Eunice Kennedy Shriver National Institute of Childhood Health and Human Development (NICHD). We seek to understand how embryonic cells decode signaling to create the diverse cell types needed in healthy adults. We use zebrafish embryos as a vertebrate research model to study in vivo how cells respond to signaling levels, dynamics, and combinations. Toward this goal, we develop molecular optogenetics tools that allow us to manipulate biological processes, including signaling, using light. We apply these tools to the microscopy-friendly zebrafish embryo to investigate fundamental principles guiding embryogenesis. For more information see


Candidates with backgrounds in developmental biology, quantitative imaging, and molecular biology are encouraged to apply.

To Apply:

Please send your CV, contact info for 2-3 references, and a cover letter describing your expertise and interest in the UDS to

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