Postdoctoral Associate of Neuroscience in Brain Injury Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology United States


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Position Summary:

The Department of Biomedical Sciences and Pathobiology at Virginia Tech (In collaboration with the VT-School of Neuroscience and VT-Carillion Research Institute) is looking for a highly motivated Postdoctoral Fellow in Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology. The successful candidate will work on an interdisciplinary research project focused on murine models of traumatic brain injury and epilepsy. Qualified candidates will be expected to work in a team environment investigating vascular-glial interactions during TBI-induced epileptogenesis. Our multidisciplinary approach requires an in-depth understanding of the biochemical, molecular and cellular neurobiology of CNS injury and/or epilepsy.
Primary duties include TBI surgery, EEG analysis and histopathology. Additional skills requested but not required include qPCR, Western blot analysis, brain tissue processing, single cell isolation, and tissue culture. Data analysis and manuscript preparation will be conducted. The candidate will be expected to attend lab meetings, maintain laboratory spaces in a clean and good working order and maintain a high level of organization in data collection and storage


Required Qualifications:

The successful candidate must have earned a PhD or MD/PhD degree in the Neurosciences or Biological Sciences. Qualifications include but are not limited to small animal surgery, brain tissue histology and tissue harvesting, Western Blot analysis, data collection and analysis, and laboratory organization. Must be highly self-motivated, willing to learn new experimental skills, and to work individually and collaboratively with a variety of individuals for more than one project simultaneously. Must be proficient in small animal studies and/or EEG recording. Must be able to safely move and handle up to 40 lbs.


Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with TBI surgeries, EEG implant and recording, histological evaluation of neurogenesis, cell culture, qPCR, single cell analysis, data analysis and data preparation for publication. Excellent scientific writing and manuscript preparation required


How to Apply for this Job:

Qualified applicants must electronically submit online application, cover letter, curriculum vitae, candidate statement and a list of professional references to Apply to posting SR0180115. Applicant review and screening will begin July 20, 2018 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Michelle Theus, Search Committee Chair, at

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