Postdoctoral Associate

Virginia Tech   Blacksburg, VA   Full-time     Health Care Provider
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Posted on July 10, 2020

Job Description

Post-Doctoral Positions in Neuroscience/Glial Biology at the
Virginia Tech Carilion Fralin Biomedical Research Institute

The Center for Glial Biology in Health Disease & Cancer at the Virginia Tech Fralin Biomedical Research Institute (FBRI), directed by Harald Sontheimer (CGBR - is recruiting 3 Postdoctoral fellows to join a highly interactive research group focused on the role of Astrocytes in Epilepsy, Alzheimer Disease and Glioma. Specific projects to be studied are: (1) The regulation of the system Xc Glutamate transporter in Epilepsy including tumor-associated epilepsy. (2) The role of extracellular matrix composition including perineuronal nets on the development of acquired epilepsy. (3) The contribution of astrocytes to glio-vascular impairments in Alzheimer disease. Applicants should have an earned doctorate and a demonstrated record of accomplishment of research productivity. Technical competency in immunohistochemistry, basic molecular techniques, electrophysiology or imaging are advantageous. A willingness to work with mouse models of disease is essential.

The FBRI at VTC is located in Roanoke, Virginia and is a public-private partnership between Virginia’s leading research-intensive university – Virginia Tech – and a major health care system – Carilion Clinic. The research institute currently houses 30 independent research groups with over 300 research and support team members and over $100M in extramural funding.

Applications will be reviewed continuously until the position is filled. It is expected that initial interviews will begin in January 2020. Please submit your application including curriculum vitae and list of references.

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Required Qualifications

• Ph.D. in neurobiology, neuroscience, psychology, or related field.
• The candidate should be proficient in at least one of the following techniques: confocal microscopy, electron microscopy, whole cell brain slice patch clamp electrophysiology, intracellular neuronal ratiometric calcium imaging, voltage sensitive dye recordings.

Preferred Qualifications

• Good writing skills; particularly with respect to report writing and editing.
• Creative, independent, and highly motivated, with good communication skills.
• Strong work habits and the ability to work independently as well as in a fast-paced research environment with a team.


Salary Information

Commensurate with experience

Review Date

July 7, 2020

Additional Information

The successful Candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

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