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


Open Date 08/21/2018

Requisition Number PRN18147B

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


VP Area U of U Health - Academics

Department 00244 - Neurology

Location Campus

City Salt Lake City, UT

Type of Recruitment External Posting

Pay Rate Range 20000 to 500000

Close Date

Open Until Filled Yes

Job Summary

The Neurology Laboratory at the University of Utah, Department of Neurology, invites applications for a postdoctoral fellowship for the study of cerebellar ataxia and other neurodegenerative diseases using calcium imaging and electrophysiological recordings. The Neurology Laboratory is well-funded byNIH, and other funding sources. We seek a highly motivated PhD in a related medical science who is interested in carrying out research on howRNAgranules control localized calcium abundance and neuronal function in cultured cells and acute brain slices. The research objectives include understanding mechanism of neurodegenerative disease as well as testing novel therapeutics in disease models.

The postdoc will join a well-established research program focused on developing therapeutics for cerebellar ataxia, amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, and other neurodegenerative disorders. The cellular mechanisms underlying these neurodegenerative diseases will be evaluated using a combination of two-photon imaging to monitor calcium abundance changes, live imaging for monitoring the movement ofRNAgranules, and electrophysiological recordings.

Located on the upper campus of the University of Utah, the position offers exceptional opportunities for interdisciplinary collaboration with a diverse group of investigators in both the Department of Neurology and the College of Pharmacy with a wide range of interests relative to the area of investigation, and a rigorous focus on developing therapeutics for neurodegenerative diseases.


The postdoc will plan, design, and conduct experiments that are related to the project. Experiments may involve classical cell and molecular biology techniques, cloning, transfection, cell culture assays,AAVgene delivery in mice, electrophysiological recordings, and two-photon imaging.

The duties and responsibilities of the postdoc are:

1) Design experiments related to project hypotheses and objectives.

2) Conduct research for the project including contributing to animal husbandry and genotyping as needed.

3) Prepare and submit abstracts and manuscripts for publications.

4) Supervise/train technicians and students involved in the project when necessary.

Minimum Qualifications


Applicants should be highly motivated, have a Ph.D., at least 1 year of experience performing extracellular or patch-clamp electrophysiology in acute brain slices. Experience with two-photon imaging would be a plus. Other requirements include laboratory, analytical, and organizational skills; verbal and written communication skills in English; and the ability to work independently, as well as part of a team.

Type Benefited Staff

Special Instructions Summary

Additional Information

The University of Utah is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to diversity in its workforce. In compliance with applicable federal and state laws, University of Utah policy of equal employment opportunity prohibits discrimination on the basis of race or ethnicity, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, sexual orientation, gender identity/expression, veteran’s status, status as a qualified person with a disability, or genetic information. Individuals from historically underrepresented groups, such as minorities, women, qualified persons with disabilities, and protected veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. Veterans’ preference is extended to qualified applicants, upon request and consistent with University policy and Utah state law.

To inquire about this posting, email: or call 801-581-2300. Reasonable accommodations in the application process will be provided to qualified individuals with disabilities. To request an accommodation or for further information about University AA/EO policies, please contact the Office of Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action, 201 S. Presidents Cr., Rm 135, (801) 581-8365 (V/ TDD ), email: .

The University is a participating employer with Utah Retirement Systems (“URS”). To be eligible for retirement contributions, you must be hired into a benefit-eligible position. Certain new hires are automatically assigned to the URS retirement plan and other employees with prior URS service, may elect to enroll in the URS within 30 days of hire. Regardless of whether they are hired into a benefit-eligible position or not, individuals who previously retired and are receiving monthly retirement benefits from URS must notify the Benefits Department upon hire. Please contact Utah Retirement Systems at (801)366-7770 or (800)695-4877 or the University’s Benefits Department at (801)581-7447 for information.

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