The Johnstone lab at the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute at Virginia Tech Carilion, Roanoke, VA is seeking a dynamic, highly motivated and independent postdoctoral scientist to join the team. The postdoctoral fellow will study cell signaling mechanisms in the vasculature and associated regulation of inflammation and proliferation in vascular disease, with the overall long-term goal of identifying novel targets. Within this topic, the lab is investigating protein interactions and developing peptides, including one named CycliCx, which has particular promise in reducing neointima burden, formed as a result of damage caused by coronary artery surgeries.
Candidates with interest and experience in the following areas are encouraged to apply:
• In vivo models of vascular disease
• Connexin and pannexin biology
• Cell-Cell signaling
• Protein interactions
• Molecular biology
• Protein engineering
• Translational research
The Postdoctoral Associate will have responsibilities in the following areas:
1. Research Conceptualization – Coordinating with and assisting the PI in the design of experiment and grant proposal methodology as well as methods for analyzing the results of experiments.
2. Research Publications – Preparation of text, tables, and graphical information as appropriate for dissemination in peer-reviewed publications, or presentation at professional conferences or in book chapters.
3. Data Analysis – Analyzing the findings from research methods and transforming the results into formats appropriate for dissemination in peer reviewed publications or conference presentations or in formats that engender further analysis.
4. Project Management – Training and supervising research personnel to organize and conduct study sessions.
This position will be fully funded, and successful applicants will be encouraged to cultivate independent funding (e.g. NIH F32, etc.). More information about the PI and research group is available at the lab website (https://research.vtc.vt.edu/people/scott-r-johnstone/): Note that this position will require work with vertebrate animals.
• PhD in cell/molecular biology and vascular physiology or relevant fields e.g. vascular biology, immunology, physiology. PhD must be awarded no more than four years prior to the effective date of appointment with a minimum of one year eligibility remaining.
• Prior experience in preparation of proposals, reports, and publications; presentation of research results
• Demonstrated experience in cell biology or vascular biology.
• A record of research excellence as demonstrated by peer reviewed publications and invited talks.
• Demonstrated work in interdisciplinary collaborative teams.
• Experience in the development of patents
The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check as well as documentation of COVID-19 vaccination.
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