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Founded in 1863, Boston College is a Jesuit, Catholic university located six miles from downtown Boston with an enrollment of 9,150 full-time undergraduates and 4,420 graduate and professional students. Ranked 31 among national universities, Boston College has 758 full-time and 1,096 FTE faculty, 2,750 non-faculty employees, an operating budget of $956 million, and an endowment in excess of $2.2 billion.

Job Description

Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Boston College seeks a highly motivated postdoctoral research fellow to work in the laboratory of Assistant Professor, Vicki Losick.

The Losick lab studies the cell and molecular mechanism of wound repair using the fruit fly, Drosophila, as a model.  The lab has found that healing is not a one-size-fits-all process.  While the typical wound healing response relies on cell division to regenerate the cells that are lost by injury, aging, or disease. Cells can also be replaced by stimulating existing cells to grow in size by becoming polyploid.  A polyploid cell is a cell that has more than diploid copy of its chromosomes.  As a result, polyploid cells can grow to be many orders of magnitude larger than their diploid cell counterparts.  Polyploid cells are ubiquitous in insects and plants, but are also required for the development of many tissues in our body.  The Losick laboratory is currently studying the molecular mechanisms regulating wound-induced polyploidization in fruit flies in order to understand how to generate these extra-large cells to improve our bodies ability to heal. 

The appointment is temporary, typically up to 3 years.
The appointment involves substantial full-time research or scholarship and may include teaching.
The appointment is typically viewed as preparatory for a full-time academic and/or research career (e.g Research Associate or Senior Research Associate, depending on successful performance as a PostDoc & available funding).
The appointment is not for a clinical training program.
The appointee works under the supervision of a senior faculty member.
The appointee has the freedom and is expected, to publish the results of his or her research or scholarship during the period of the appointment and/or to have publications in press or under review during this period.

NIH Postdoctoral Fellow Minimum Full Time Equivalent Stipend: $50,004


• Ph.D. degree in cell biology, genetics, or biomedical sciences
• Highly motivated, able to work independently, and in a team environment
• Strong enthusiasm for developing new skills and expertise
• Excellent communication skills, verbal and written
• Microscopy experience is required, including confocal imaging
• Previous experience working with Drosophila is not required, but a plus

This position will be funded by the P.I., but postdoctoral fellows are expected to apply for their own external fellowship funding.

Closing Statement

Boston College conducts background checks as part of the hiring process.

Boston College is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of any legally protected category including disability and protected veteran status.  To learn more about how BC supports diversity and inclusion throughout the university please visit the Office for Institutional Diversity at

Boston College offers a broad and competitive range of benefits including depending on your job classification eligibility;

Tuition remission for Employees
Tuition remission for Spouses and Children who meet eligibility requirements
Generous Medical, and Dental Insurance
Low-Cost Life Insurance 
Eligibility for both 401K and University Funded 403B Retirement Plans
Paid Holidays Annually
Generous Sick, and Vacation Pay
Additional benefits can be found on


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