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Postdoctoral Associate (Pickrell Lab)

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Work type: Research Faculty
Senior management: College of Science
Department: School of Neuroscience
Location: Blacksburg, Virginia
Categories: Research / Scientific

Job Description

The Pickrell lab at Virginia Tech is recruiting a highly motivated, talented Postdoctoral Associate to study mechanisms of intracellular organelle communication. Our group found that kinase signaling between two organelles (mitochondria and centrosomes) causes cells to either switch between cleaning up damaged mitochondria (mitophagy) or cell division (Sarraf, Sideris et al. Cell Reports 2019). The successful candidate will work on a project focused on understanding the mechanistic underpinnings of this phenomenon. What are the mechanisms of TBK1 translocation (a protein involved in mitophagy, cell cycle, and inflammation)? How does this influence which process the cell “decides” to do? Does mitophagy control mitochondrial inheritance in neural stem cells? We are seeking someone with exceptional expertise in cell and molecular biology to join our team.

Required Qualifications

- Ph.D. in cell biology and anatomy, biochemistry, neuroscience, biomedical sciences, or related fields. Ph.D. must be awarded no more than four years prior to the effective date of appointment with a minimum of one year of eligibility remaining.
- Strong communication, interpersonal, organizational, and team skills.
- Data analysis and manuscript preparation will be conducted.
- The candidate will be expected to attend lab meetings, assist in training undergraduate and graduate students, maintain laboratory spaces in a clean and good working order and maintain a high level of organization in data collection and storage.

Preferred Qualifications

- Cell and tissue culture experience;
- Cell and molecular biology, qPCR and western blot analysis experience;
- Confocal and live Imaging experience;
- Cloning and CRISPR gene editing experience;
- Mouse handling, genetics, and histology experience.

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The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check.

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