University of Pittsburgh Medical Center (UPMC)

Postdoctoral Associate

University of Pittsburgh

Pittsburgh, PA, United States


Two postdoctoral positions are available in the NIH funded laboratory of Dr. Kaufman, whose group study mitochondrial biogenesis, DNA metabolism and mitochondrial stress responses in human disease and animal genetic models. The first position is studying the helicase PIF1 and in vivo mechanisms of its dual localization as a model of non-classical mitochondrial localized proteins. Second position is the study of circulating cell-free mtDNA in human disorders, with an emphasis on psychological stress. Candidate will have access to human samples, mouse models, and gain exposure to CRISPR-Cas9 gene editing. The selected candidate will also have the opportunity to benefit from the unique career and mentoring opportunities available in the Vascular Medicine Institute and the Center for Metabolism and Mitochondrial Medicine at the University of Pittsburgh School of Medicine.


The research team is an energetic, hardworking group looking for a like-minded colleague. The successful candidate will be highly motivated, have experience in mouse models and an excellent publication track record. Competitive applicants eligible for NIH Fellowship is a plus. Applicants interested in the VMI T32/Tepper MBA program are particularly encouraged to apply. All trainees are expected to develop grantsmanship through fellowship training and applications. The incumbent will have excellent written and verbal English communication skills. A Ph.D. in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or a related field is required. Start date is immediate. Please submit your CV, a cover letter detailing your research experience, and the contact details of three references to Dr. Kaufman (

Contact Information

Faculty/PI Name: Brett A Kaufman Ph.D.
Mailing address: c/o Dr. Brett A Kaufman, Ph.D.

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The University of Pittsburgh is an equal opportunity employer. EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled


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Postdoctoral Associate