University of California San Francisco (UCSF)

Postdoctoral Fellow

University of California San Francisco (UCSF)

San Francisco, CA, United States

Postdoctoral Fellow Position

University of California, San Francisco

Division of Pulmonary & Critical Care, Department of Medicine

A postdoctoral position is available for a highly motivated scientist to focus on the basic biology of force transmission in airway smooth muscle with disease relevance using a combination of genetically engineered mice, cell lines, and human samples. The group is working to develop novel therapeutic approaches to target excessive airway smooth muscle contraction in asthma using a combination of ex vivo contraction assays, in vivo assessments of airway hyperresponsiveness, and two-photon microscopy. A major focus of our group is to translate our findings into therapeutics using established multidisciplinary collaborations to develop and screen potent small molecule inhibitors of target proteins. Interested candidates can review a representative recent publication from our group: Sundaram et al. JCI 2017.

Career development opportunities include development of scientific presentation, writing skills, and presentation at national and international meetings. Requirements include:

  • Ph.D., M.D. or M.D./Ph.D. degree and fluency in English
  • Highly proficient in a variety of basic molecular biology and cell biology techniques evident by peer-reviewed publications
  • Demonstrated ability to work as part of a team and independently develop, guide, and complete research projects
  • Strong ability to troubleshoot experiments and solve problems
  • Experience with mouse husbandry, cell culture, imaging, and flow cytometry preferred

Candidates should be self-motivated, critical thinkers, collegial, and creative. Interested candidates should send a brief statement of career goals and research interests, updated CV, along with the name and contact information of three references to Dr. Aparna Sundaram at:      


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Postdoctoral Fellow