Postdoc Position at UT Health Science Center, San Antonio

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Position: Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Location: San Antonio, Texas

Start date: 1st February 2019 (flexible)

The Lab

The Hopp Lab, part of the Biggs Institute for Alzheimer’s and Neurodegenerative Diseases at UT Health Science Center San Antonio, studies the role of microglia in Alzheimer’s disease. We are currently seeking a highly motivated, independent postdoctoral research fellow to join the lab. This position will focus broadly on the cell autonomous and non-cell autonomous role of calcium signaling in microglia using transgenic mice, pharmacological approaches, RNA sequencing, chemogenetics, animal behavior, and in vivo multiphoton imaging. We are also specifically interested in L-type voltage dependent calcium channels on microglia and the anti-inflammatory mechanism of drugs that target these channels.

The Position

Job duties include:

  • Design and conduct experiments that support the project described above under the direction of the PrincipalInvestigator. Prepares experimental plans and outlines prior to experimental testing. Oversees and participatesin study record management, data collection including animal studies. Performs complex and routineexperiments following both established and new protocols. Collaborate with other lab members to providetechnical assistance with their research projects and assist with general lab operations as needed
  • Design and implement research protocols, design safety procedures, adapt new procedures, methods orinstrumentation relevant to your research projects and provide training and mentorship on these protocols tojunior lab personnel including undergraduate students, graduate students, and research assistants and providewritten standard operating procedures for all protocols used and developed.
  • Collect, prepare, and analyze research data (using computer software and rigorous statistical methods), keep adetailed notebook summarizing experiments and recording research data, and maintain an organized computerrecord of your research data.
  • Engage in dissemination of your research findings by preparing posters and oral presentations for local, regional,national, and international conferences as well as peer-reviewed manuscripts.
  • Submit an F32 grant application to the NIH or other appropriate funding agency to support your own researchfunding.

The Candidate

This position requires a PhD in neuroscience or a related field. Prior experience with at least one of the following skills is preferred: mouse genetics, animal behavior, in vivo multiphoton imaging, and/or electrophysiology. Other relevant skills include cell culture, qPCR, immunohistochemistry, western blot, and molecular biology. Applicants are expected to independently design experiments that contribute to the overall research focus of the lab. The initial appointment is for one year and is renewable for reappointment. Postdoctoral fellows are expected to apply for independent research funding within the first year, but reappointment is not strictly dependent on independent funding.

How to Apply

Applications for the position can be made by emailing a cover letter, CV, and contact info for 2-3 references to Dr. Sarah Hopp at [email protected].

All postdoctoral appointments at UT Health SA are designated as security sensitive positions. UT Health SA is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer including protected veterans and persons with disabilities.

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