Florida International University (FIU)

Post-doctoral Fellow in Parkinson’s disease research

Florida International University (FIU), United States

Miami, FL, United States

Florida International University is classified by Carnegie as a “R1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity” and recognized as a Carnegie Community Engaged university. It is a public research university with colleges and schools that offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as business, engineering, computer science, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU contributes almost $9 billion each year to the local economy and is ranked second in Florida in Forbes Magazine’s “America’s Best Employers” list. FIU graduates are consistently among the highest paid college graduates in Florida and are among the leaders of public and private organizations throughout South Florida. FIU is Worlds Ahead in finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission with multiple state-of-the-art research facilities including the Wall of Wind Research and Testing FacilityFIU’s Medina Aquarius Program and the Advanced Materials Engineering Research InstituteFIU has awarded more than 220,000 degrees and enrolls more than 54,000 students in two campuses and centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell, FIU@I-75, the Miami Beach Urban Studios, and Tianjin, China. FIU also supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA and more than 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/.

Two post-doctoral positions are available immediately in the laboratory of Dr. Kim Tieu to study neurodegeneration and neuroprotection in experimental models of Parkinson’s disease. The overall objective of this NIH funded project is to investigate novel functions of dynamin related protein-1 (Drp1) in the brain. We previously reported that blocking Drp1 is neuroprotective in cell and animal models of Parkinson’s disease (Bido S. et al, 2017, Sci Rep; Rappold PM et al., 2014, Nat Commun; Cui M. et al., 2010, J Biol Chem,). Although commonly known as a “mitochondrial fission” protein, we have recently discovered that Drp1 also plays a role in autophagy. Relating to Drp1, this project will investigate topics such as protein aggregation, protein transmission within the brain and from the gut to the brain, neuroinflammation, autophagy, mitochondria and high throughput drug screening.

A wide range of techniques will be used, for example, stereotaxic surgery, in vivo microdialysis, HPLC, the Seahorse XF extracellular flux analalyzer, stereological cell counting, immuno-electron microscopy, confocal imaging, laser capture microdissection, locomotor function, and other standard molecular biology methods such as Western blotting, quantitative RT-PCR and gene cloning.

You must have a PhD in Neuroscience, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry or a strong interest in neurodegenerative diseases. Ideally, you should have experience with as many techniques listed above as possible but at a minimum, you must have expertise in molecular biology and animal handling. Furthermore, this position requires a candidate with good work ethic, analytical and organizational skills, ability to multitask and to collaborate well with lab members.

This post is full-time position (40 hours/week). Funding is available for 3 years (longer if necessary), but renewal for subsequent years is contingent on mutual agreement and satisfactory performance.

The post will be based on the main campus Modesto A. Maidique located in Miami.

Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply to Job Opening ID #518857 at facultycareers.fiu.edu and attach a letter of application, curriculum vitae, sample publications. Candidates will be requested to provide names and contact information for at least 3 references. To receive full consideration, applications and required materials should be received by August 25, 2019. Review will continue until position is filled.

Salary is commensurate with qualifications and experience ($45,000 -$50,000/year plus benefits)

FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Please apply via recruiter’s website.