Weill Cornell Medicine (WCM), Cornell University

Two Postdoc Positions in Neuroscience-New York

Weill Cornell Medical College

New York, NY, United States

TWO funded postdoctoral positions are available in the laboratory of Dr. Dilek Colak through the Brain and Mind Research Institute at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York, NY.

POSITION 1: Using iPSCs or fibroblasts from patients with neurodegenerative or neuropsychiatric diseases, you will generate astrocytes and microglia cells. Specifically, you will explore astrocyte and microglia interactions in normal and disease state. The study will involve wide range of techniques including stem cell cultures, astrocyte differentiation, microglia differentiation, cerebral organoid generation, histology, and cell transplantation into postnatal/adult mouse brain.

You must have experience in neuroscience and be in possession of a PhD. Please DO NOT APPLY if you do not have experience in AT LEAST ONE of the following: stem cell cultures, astrocyte cultures, microglia cultures. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.


POSITION 2: You will study the role of candidate circadian-rhythm proteins in synaptic plasticity and cognitive function. The study will involve wide range of techniques including hippocampal neuronal cultures, microfluidic devices, AMPA receptor signaling, genetically modified mouse models, stereotaxic injections and mouse behavioral assays.

Please DO NOT APPLY if you do not have experience in AT LEAST ONE of the following: neuronal cultures, AMPA/NMDA receptor signaling, circadian rhythm, microfluidic devices. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled.


These positions provide the opportunity for considerable creativity and innovation and applicants with these skills are also especially encouraged to apply. The wide range of research topics in the Colak lab makes it an excellent environment for interdisciplinary training (http://www.colaklab.com). The laboratory environment is highly collegial and interactive, so excellent written and oral communication skills are a must.


Cornell University’s Weill Cornell Medicine is located in Manhattan’s Upper East Side, immediately adjacent to the Sloan Kettering Institute and Rockefeller University. This “tri-institutional campus” includes several hundred principal investigators and postdocs, and has one of the highest densities of biomedical scientists in the world. Dr. Colak’s laboratory and most supporting facilities are in the newly constructed Belfer research building. The Belfer building houses research laboratories of 11 different departments and institutes, including the Feil Family Brain and Mind Research Institute, the Appel Institute for Alzheimer’s Disease Research, the Department of Medicine and the Tri-Institutional Therapeutics Discovery Institute (Weill Cornell Medical College, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center & Rockefeller University). This rich scientific environment provides unique and unparalleled research training opportunities, including research seminars given by leaders in science from throughout the U.S. and abroad, opportunities for collaborations, exposure to diverse research programs, and highly sophisticated core facilities.


Questions about this position and/or applications, comprising a CV and contact information for two references, should be e-mailed to Dr. Dilek Colak at mailto:dic2009@med.cornell.edu. A hard copy of the application is not recommended.


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Two Postdoc Positions in Neuroscience-New York