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Postdoctoral position in Stress Biology and Epigenetics

The Wada and Schwartz Lab at Auburn University invites applications for an enthusiastic, creative postdoctoral scientist to join a growing research team on an NSF-funded project to test the damage-fitness model. This project integrates molecular measures of cellular damage, protection and repair, and epigenetics using zebra finches. Through integrating biological and engineering modeling approaches, we will develop mechanistic and predictive mathematical models, linking developmental and adult environments, epigenetic modifications, stress-induced molecular and cellular damage, and fitness indices.

Required criteria:

  • Candidate must have a track record of addressing scientific problems in an innovative, thoughtful, and systematic manner

  • Candidate must possess excellent written and interpersonal communication skills

  • Candidate must have a strong publication record in physiology or functional genomics

  • Candidate must have a PhD at time of employment and meet eligibility requirements to work in the United States at the time appointment is to begin and continue working legally for the proposed term of the appointment.


The ideal candidate would have a strong background in conducting bioinformatic analyses of large-scale data such as genomics, transcriptomics, or epigenetic analyses and knowledge of molecular techniques for DNA, RNA, or epigenetics with experience working with animals. Whatever their background, they must have a strong interest in stress biology.


The ideal candidate will aim to make a major contribution to our ongoing research programs and develop and carry out their own line of research within the funded project. Selected applicants will also benefit from funds to travel to national meetings annually, opportunities for mentoring and career development. Additional lab funds for independent projects are available upon written proposal submission. The postdoc will be co-mentored by Drs. Wada and Schwartz and expected to produce first authored papers, contribute to co-authored papers, and assist training graduate students. Persons from groups typically under-represented in science are strongly encouraged to apply. Our research groups are family-friendly and value diversity to create an inclusive and equitable environment, along with the efforts by the College of Sciences and Mathematics.

This is a full-time, twelve-month, non-tenure track position beginning of 2023 or sooner, for a term of one year with additional years possible depending on performance. Applicants should email the following to Haruka Wada ( and Tonia Schwartz ( with header: Stress Biology Postdoc. Review of applications will begin in November 1st until position is filled.  

  1. Cover Letter,

  2. CV with names and contact information of three references, and

  3. Statement of research interests including a description of how they fit in the focus of the Wada and Schwartz lab groups.


PhD position in integrative stress physiology

The Wada lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at Auburn University is looking to recruit a PhD students to join our lab in Fall, 2024. We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated student interested in stress physiology. Specifically, we are interested in 1) how cellular and physiological stress responses and damage accumulation in cells and tissues are linked to whole organism performance, 2) testing the new Damage-Fitness Model, and 3) what determines heat tolerance in avian embryos. These projects are in part supported by a NSF IOS award to Haruka Wada, Tonia Schwartz, Todd Steury, and Vinamra Agrawal.

Our lab as well as our department are committed to supporting a diverse group of students and encourage students from groups historically underrepresented in STEM to apply.

Interested applicants should contact Haruka Wada. Please include in the email your CV, an overview of your research interests, GPA, and a description of past research experiences in physiology and cell biology. Please feel free to contact Haruka if you have any further questions about the funded project, the application process, and/or the graduate program at Auburn University.


Prospective graduate students and postdoctoral associates

Department of Biological Sciences offers a Masters of Science (M.S.) and a Ph.D. degrees. My lab is a part of the Physiological Adaptations and Functional Genomics core group in the department and actively interacts with other labs with complementary interests. As a lab member, you will be a part of a synergistic group of researchers. For  more information about the department, College of Science and Mathematics, and graduate school application process, please visit the links below.

College of Science and Mathematics

Department of Biological Sciences Core Research Areas

Department of Biological Sciences Graduate Studies Website

Graduate School Application Process



Prospective undergraduate research assistants

Undergraduate students are integral part of my lab and we are always looking for motivated and dedicated students who wants to assist and gain experience in research that will help reach your career goals. Past students in my lab contributed to various projects, ranging from sample collection, animal care, dissection, wet lab procedures, to behavioral observations. At any given time, multiple projects are going on in my lab which may be at various stages (experimental design and planning, sample collection, sample analysis, data analysis, manuscript preparation). If you are thinking of going into a career in research and would like to join our lab, please read and fill out the application form.

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