Postdoctoral Fellow Position in Intracranial Aneurysm Research
A postdoctoral fellow positions is available in the Department of Neurosurgery at the University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston, to identify and study the genes that play causative roles in intracranial aneurysms with an emphasis on analyses in mice. The rupture of an intracranial aneurysm causes subarachnoid hemorrhage, a type of stroke that is responsible for >25% of years lost among all stroke victims under the age of 65.
Recently, we discovered the first gene whose mutation is implicated in intracranial aneurysm (both familial and sporadic cases) and have confirmed its contribution to pathogenesis using a mouse loss-of-function model. The major research interests in the lab are: (2) to elucidate the functions of identified aneurysm gene(s) using cell based and animal models; (2) to characterize additional novel aneurysm genes using both candidate and genome-wide techniques; (3) to translate these discoveries into potential new therapies. Projects rely upon in vitro methodologies, cell culture studies, high-throughput genomics, and in vivo functional analyses in genetically engineered mouse models and zebrafish.
Houston is the fourth largest city in the United States and is characterized by its low cost of living in comparison to other major metropolitan areas. As the largest medical center in the world, the TMC has a robust scientific community that includes multiple institutions including Baylor College of Medicine, Methodist Research Institute, Texas A&M IBT, and the University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center with whom we share a joint Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences (GSBS).
Qualifications: Interested applicants should be highly motivated and have a Ph.D. degree with a strong background in molecular biology and preferably mouse genetics and cerebrovascular research. Prior publication in internationally recognized journals is required and candidates should possess excellent oral and written communication skills.
To apply: Please send a cover letter, a brief description of research experience and interests, a curriculum vitae and contact information for three references in a single pdf file to: UTHPostdocNeurosurgery@gmail.com
The University of Health Science Center at Houston is an EEO/AA Employer. M/F/D/V. This is a security sensitive position and thereby subject to Education Code §51.215. A background check will be required for the final candidate.