The Gibert laboratory within the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC, Jackson, MS, USA),has an exciting opportunity for a PhD level postdoctoral scientist. A two-year (extendable) fully funded (minimum NIH scale) postdoctoral position (junior or senior) is available now. The overall goal of the lab is to focus on the understanding of the molecule mechanisms that underlie the development of obesity, diabetes and metabolic disorders using the zebrafish as a vertebrate model organism. Researchers in the Department of Cell and Molecular Biology investigate a wide variety of human diseases using genetics, physiological, molecular and structural biology techniques. We employ cellular (including primary cell and human iPSC derived cells) and genetic altered rodent models including mouse and rat as well as zebrafish models to determine the causal mechanism of these diseases. The overarching goal is translation of the laboratory findings to the biomarkers and/or new therapeutic approaches to be used in the clinic.
We are a highly collaborative lab with close collaboration with faculty at UMMC. We are looking for a candidate who can work independently and also collaborate with diverse groups. S/he will have the opportunity to learn and apply a wide set of molecular biology genetics, pharmacological and physiological techniques for the study human disease in zebrafish. There will be opportunities for development of computational skills of high throughput data. This position offers a rich opportunity to engage in, present and publish research at the frontier of biotech fields related to health and medicine, and will prepare the candidate for the next stage of their career, either in academia or industry.
The successful candidate must have a PhD or equivalent and solid understanding of zebrafish development and genetics (including CRISPR-cas9 technique) exemplified by publication in peer-reviewed journals and past experiences
The Department of Cell and Molecular Biology provides outstanding training opportunities and career development at the post-doctoral level in a highly scientifically stimulating and collaborative environment. UMMC has a large campus with multiple schools (graduate, medical, dental, allied-health, nursing, etc.). Our lab is well-equipped, with strong core facilities available. We have a state-of-the art Techniplast aquatic with dedicated personnel to look after the fish and embryos so you can focus on experiments.
Jackson is located in the heart of the south with the most welcoming people in the country and plenty of outdoor activities available and low cost of living.
Our efforts are supported by a recently awarded discovery project (RO1 equivalent) from the National Health and Medical Research council (NHMRC Australia, NIH equivalent) and a generous start up package form UMMC as well as internal funding from UMMC and philanthropic foundations.
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