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Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Posting Details

Posting Information

Vacancy Type Post Doc
Is Internal Transfer Only No
Time-Limited Appointment Length No
If Yes, Appointment Length
Working Title Postdoctoral Research Associate
Anticipated Hiring Range $45,780-$48,000
Position Number 00106471
Work Schedule Monday-Friday 8AM-5PM
Full Time Equivalent (FTE) 1.00
Department 140201 - Chemical & Biomolecular Engr
Department 140201 - Chemical & Biomolecular Engr
Job City & State Raleigh, NC
Essential Job Duties

Understanding the mechanistic basis of addiction will have considerable impact on our ability to stem the rising epidemic in substance abuse disorders. Powerful animal models and genetic tools have provided important insights over the past several decades. However, there are several important challenges that remain in our understanding of addiction. In particular, while considerable effort has been spent understanding the genetic basis of addiction, the role of the epigenome and chromatin is unclear. Chromatin is the collection of RNAs and proteins bound to genomic DNA that regulate the expression of genetic information. The primary purpose of this project is to develop a deeper understanding of chromatin’s role in substance abuse and in reward pathways in general. Towards the project’s primary goal, sub-aims are to develop molecular tools to perturb and interface with chromatin and to develop cellular and multicellular addiction models derived from human stem cells. The techniques and tools this position will develop and implement include high through-put molecular biology, biochemical assays such as ChIP, mammalian and microbial cell culture, flow cytometry, confocal microscopy, neurobiology, and systems biology.

Other Work/Responsibilities

Design and conduct experimental wet-lab and computational research. Co-write original research articles and reviews with the PI. Develop writing, presentation, and communication skills through developing postdoctoral fellowship and grant proposals with mentorship from the PI, developing mentoring skills through training PhD students, and developing oral presentation skills at scientific conferences. Experimental and computational skills include molecular biology, biochemistry, microscopy, flow cytometry, mammalian cell biology, and to a lesser extent computational or systems biology techniques.

Share lab duties including equipment maintenance and lab safety protocols in collaboration with other lab members. Present work at group meetings. Assist in mentoring graduate students.

Minimum Experience/Education

Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate (e.g., M.D., D.V.M., Sc.D.) in appropriate field awarded no more than five (5) years from initial date of postdoctoral appointment.

Departmental Required Skills

PhD in molecular biology, neuroscience, biochemistry, bioengineering, biomedical engineering, or chemical engineering at time of hire.

Preferred Experience, Skills, Training/Education

PhD. Previous experience with synthetic biology, neuroscience, stem cells, molecular biology, chromatin biology is encouraged.

Required License or Certification


Special Instructions
Job Open Date 08/04/2017
Must Be Open Until

Positions will be posted until 5:00 PM ET on this date. Positions remaining posted after this date are still accepting applications but may close at any time.
Is this position partially or fully funded on ARRA stimulus monies? No
Proposed Hire Date 10/02/2017

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Supplemental Question

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  1. * How did you learn of this opportunity?
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  2. If you learned about this vacancy from "other source" or "other website", please provide the source.

    (Open Ended Question)

Application Materials Required

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Contact Information for References
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter