A postdoctoral researcher position studying human islet biology is available in the laboratory of Dr. Ed Phelps (https://www.bme.ufl.edu/labs/phelps/). This position is for an initial one-year appointment and has the potential to be renewed for an additional three years based on performance and funding availability.
The postdoctoral researcher will work on currently funded NIH projects (R01 TBD and HIRN UG3 DK122638 02), to investigate the complex cellular interactions involved in islet physiology in health and disease. To this end, we are working with an interdisciplinary team to design three-dimensional (3D) microphysiological systems that model human T1D pathogenesis on a chip. We are also developing live human pancreas slices to serve as genuine and native 3D microenvironments for studies of the islet—immune cell interface. This position will build upon our recent description of a mechanism for gamma-aminobutyric acid (GABA) secretion from human islets (Menegaz et al. Nat. Metab. 2019).
A background in neuroscience, islet biology, or molecular biology will be beneficial to the success of the project. Specific experience with the following techniques will aid the project: genetically encoded biosensors, molecular cloning, confocal microscopy, islet isolation and culture, biomaterials, conditional gene knockouts, and viral gene delivery.
Applicants must have a Ph.D. in neuroscience, biomedical engineering, kinesiology or a related biomedical science area. Applicants must have experience with manuscript preparation and submission.
In addition to applying online to Careers at UF (https://jobs.ufl.edu/), Applicants should send a CV, a brief statement of interest, and contact information for two references to Dr. Phelps at EPhelps@bme.ufl.edu. Review of applications will start immediately and continue until the position is filled.
Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at http://www.naces.org/.
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