Job Information

University of Utah Post Doc Res Assoc in Salt Lake City, Utah

Open Date 01/25/2021

Requisition Number PRN25135B

Job Title Post Doc Res Assoc

Working Title Post Doc Res Assoc

Job Grade A00

FLSA Code Administrative

Patient Sensitive Job Code? No

Standard Hours per Week 40

Full Time or Part Time? Full Time

Shift Day

Work Schedule Summary

Monday-Friday, 9am – 5pm, with some evening and weekend hours as needed.

VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00247 - Pathology

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range $52,704-$55,596

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Qinwen Mao Lab is seeking a highly motivated and energetic post-doctoral research associate to support research efforts aimed at deciphering the molecular mechanism of neuroinflammation in dementia, and developing dementia biomarkers. The position will be based in the Department of Pathology Division of Microbiology & Immunology at the University Of Utah School Of Medicine, ranked among the top 30 public research universities in the nation.


1. Perform laboratory experiments in small animal models of dementia and traumatic brain injury.

2. Performs laboratory research as directed by the supervisor and manage experiments on cell lines and tissues to support mechanistic studies.

3. Analyze tissues and plasma from dementia patients.

4. Analyze data, maintains a detailed research record and draws conclusions regarding presented material and nature of work.

5. Maintains familiarity with scientific literature and applies knowledge to research projects.

6. Contributes to general laboratory maintenance. Orders supplies and materials needed for research.

7. Maintains the physical environment of the lab and a safe research environment.

8. Assist in the training and mentoring of other laboratory personnel such as graduate students and technicians.

9. Attends laboratory meetings, present data, and participates in discussions.

10. Coauthors research publications and presents research at conferences.

Minimum Qualifications

Applicants must have a PhD in neuroscience or other scientific disciplines in a related field. Knowledge and understanding of histology, molecular biology, immunology and biochemical techniques is a plus. Strong analytical and computer skills are required, including proficiency with basic data analysis programs (Excel, Graph Pad Prism, sequence analysis software, etc.) and application of statistics. A track record of publication in English language journals. Applicants must demonstrate the potential ability to perform the essential functions of the job as outlined in the position description.


Preference will be given to recent PhD graduates. Prior knowledge and experience in neuroscience research are desirable. The ideal candidate should have strong communication skills (both verbal and written) and interpersonal, skills to communicate objectives and results.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah values candidates who have experience working in settings with students from diverse backgrounds and possess a strong commitment to improving access to higher education for historically underrepresented students.

Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities and protected veterans are encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law. Upon request, reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to individuals with disabilities.

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and does not discriminate based upon race, ethnicity, color, religion, national origin, age, disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, gender expression, pregnancy, pregnancy-related conditions, genetic information, or protected veteran’s status. The University does not discriminate on the basis of sex in the education program or activity that it operates, as required by Title IX and 34 CFR part 106. The requirement not to discriminate in education programs or activities extends to admission and employment. Inquiries about the application of Title IX and its regulations may be referred to the Title IX Coordinator, to the Department of Education, Office for Civil Rights, or both.

To request a reasonable accommodation for a disability or if you or someone you know has experienced discrimination or sexual misconduct including sexual harassment, you may contact the Director/Title IX Coordinator in the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action:

Director/ Title IX Coordinator

Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action ( OEO /AA)

135 Park Building

Salt Lake City, UT 84112


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The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). Eligible new hires with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in URS if they make the election before they become eligible for retirement (usually the first day of work). Contact Human Resources at (801) 581-7447 for information. Individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS are subject to URS’ post-retirement rules and restrictions. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801) 366-7770 or (800) 695-4877 or University Human Resource Management at (801) 581-7447 if you have questions regarding the post-retirement rules.

This position may require the successful completion of a criminal background check and/or drug screen.