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Omaha's Henry Doorly Zoo and Aquarium
Reproductive Sciences

Position Information

Position Title: 
Postdoctoral Fellow
Position Type: 
Primary Species: 
Wildlife - Cat
Salary Range: 
Starting Date: 
February 1, 2018

Suggested Requirements

Major Area of Expertise: 
Technical Requirments: 
Cell/Tissue Culture
Protein Purification

Position Responsibilites

Brief Description of Duties: 

The Department of Reproductive Sciences at Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium is seeking applicants for a post-doctoral fellowship. The successful candidate will conduct basic and applied research that will advance the department’s goal of developing efficient assisted reproductive technologies for the propagation and genetic management of endangered felids. Current projects include optimizing culture systems for the production of viable feline embryos, evaluating the interactions between diet and male fertility, developing a genome resource bank for cryopreserved spermatozoa from various cat species, and determining the effectiveness of trans-cervical artificial insemination for the production of offspring. Opportunities also exist for comparative studies in domestic livestock, laboratory rodents, and other wildlife species.

The Postdoctoral Fellow is part of a newly established partnership between Omaha’s Henry Doorly Zoo & Aquarium and the Department of Animal Science at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln (approximately 50 miles away). The successful candidate will be based in Omaha and will conduct the majority of their work at the Zoo’s Center for Conservation and Research. However, the affiliation will provide exciting opportunities to collaborate with university faculty with diverse interests and access to facilities and equipment not available at the zoo. Additional opportunities to collaborate with, and work at, other zoos are expected. Occasional travel to Lincoln, NE is expected.

Duties and Responsibilities (include but not limited to):
• Conduct independent research, including all aspects of experimental design, sample collection, sample processing, data collection, data analysis, and interpretation of results.
• Prepare manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
• Present findings at scientific meetings.
• Share results and findings to conservation groups, veterinarians, animal husbandry staff, and community volunteers in both written and oral formats.

• Possess a Ph.D in reproductive physiology with demonstrated expertise.
• Strong interest in the biology of spermatozoa, oocytes, pre-implantation embryos, and/or stem cells.
• Preference given to those with experience performing in vitro follicle culture, oocyte maturation, sperm capacitation, fertilization, or embryo culture, gamete/embryo cryopreservation, and/or molecular analysis of samples with limited amounts of RNA, DNA, or protein.
• Experience in endocrinology and an understanding of zoo-based conservation programs is a plus.

Salary for this position is $47,500.00 with benefits provided by the University of Nebraska. Questions and applications (resume and cover letter) should be sent to Dr. Jason Herrick, Director of Reproductive Sciences at jason.herrick@omahazoo.com.

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