Postdoctoral Associate Position at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

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Location: Virginia, USA

Closing date: Open until filled

The Research Team

The Robel Lab is currently recruiting a Postdoctoral Associate to carry out full time research at The Glial Biology in Health, Disease, and Cancer Center at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute. 

They are a research team investigating the role of reactive astrocytes in repeated mild traumatic brain injury and neurodegenerative disease resulting from TBI. These studies involve multi-photon imaging in-vivo, mouse genetics and breeding, small animal surgery, whole-cell patch clamp electrophysiology, voltage-sensitive dye imaging, Ca2+- imaging, tissue culture, molecular biology, biochemistry and immunohistochemistry combined with confocal imaging. Their research is motivated by our desire to understand how astrocytes drive or contribute to neurological disease, so they are continuously working on implementing state of the art technology to better address these research objectives.

The Research Project

The research project investigates the mechanisms causing post-traumatic epilepsy following diffuse traumatic brain injury. Specifically, they are in need of adding an Electrophysiologist to our team.

Candidate Profile

You are expected to work independently and collaboratively in a multidisciplinary environment. You should have strong oral and written communication skills and are willing to help developing manuscripts and grant proposals. You also have an interest in working with graduate and undergraduate students. Most importantly, you consider yourself a lifelong learner and are dedicated to continuously stretching your own limits and becoming a better scientist, team member and person.

Scientific background: You have a Ph.D and a strong background in Neuroscience. Research experience in the field of Glial Biology is desirable but not an absolute must.

Technical skills: High competence in whole-cell patch clamp recordings in acute brain slices and ability to build electrophysiology rigs and use equipment by Axon Instruments/ Molecular Devices is a must. You will be in charge of designing and carrying out electrophysiological experiments independently. You will also train graduate student in the technique and use of equipment. Experience patching on astrocytes and with mouse genetics, colony maintenance and handling is desired. Small animal surgical and confocal or two-photon imaging skills are advantageous.

Social skills: We do believe that working well with our lab mates and collaborators makes our research better. If you share this sentiment you're the right person for our team.

How to Apply

If you are interested, contact Stefanie Robel [email protected], include a CV and cover letter that states why you are interested in joining our team.

Consideration of applications will begin immediately and will end when the positions are filled. Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Virginia Tech Carilion is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Please mention that you found this job on the Scientifica website when applying.

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