JOB DESCRIPTION: Helps design and conduct research within a specified field while receiving advanced training from a designated Principal Investigator to enhance professional skills and research independence needed for pursuit of a career. The specific area of research in which the trainee is mentored is determined by the department and laboratory of the Postdoc. Designs and evaluates experiments. Develops new ideas that promote current research. Prepares and publishes scientific manuscripts under the direction of the Principal Investigator. May be responsible for operation of specific equipment. May teach techniques to others, train, and supervise research staff. Positions are temporary appointments as a research trainee. The initial appointment is for one year, renewal expected if progress is satisfactory and funds are available. Appointments cannot exceed five years.
MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS: A doctoral degree or equivalent (Ph.D., M.D., ScD., D.V.M., DDS etc) in an appropriate field. Excellent scientific writing ability and strong oral communication skills. The ability to work effectively and collegially with colleagues. Additional qualifications as specified by the Principal Investigator.
A postdoctoral position is available in the research lab of Dr. Jinhu Wang at Emory University, on a campus where basic scientists and clinicians work closely together to advance the frontiers of medical biology in Atlanta, Georgia.
About the Lab:
Current research is focused on identifying novel cell types in vertebrate heart and characterizing cellular and molecular mechanisms of natural cardiac regeneration. We aim to find new targets that exert potent effects by as functioning as secreting factors and small molecules, and investigate their contribution to adult heart diseases. Our work will generate paradigm-shifting discoveries in cardiovascular biology. Our studies will reveal the impact of novel cardiac cells and identify key cellular and molecular players on heart regeneration, potentially leading to new therapeutic strategies to enhance the limited regeneration displayed by humans after myocardial infarction. Our efforts are supported by Emory startup, NIH R56 and Ro1 grants.
The PI is committed to the mentorship and long-term success of all lab members. We offer an exceptional training in zebrafish development and genetics as well as in cardiac biology. This presents an excellent opportunity for involvement in innovative science across molecular, cellular, and developmental biology using animal models to further the alleviation of human disease.
The relevant publications: Cao J. and Wang J., et al. (2017) Development Cell; Nagelberg D. and Wang J., et al. (2015) Current Biology; Wang J., et al. (2015) Nature; Wang J., et al. (2013) Development Biology; Wang J., et al., (2011) Development; Kikuchi K., et al., (2011) Development.
Project description and duties:
The postdoc employed will take part in a project aiming to understand the molecular nature of coronary revascularization during heart regeneration. The postdoc will be responsible to generate CRISPR/Cas9 zebrafish mutants and transgenes, and characterize these tools with regard to phenotypic changes both at organismal and molecular levels. In addition to molecular biology techniques, methods for advanced microscopy will be applied. The position will start immediately or as otherwise agreed. Emory University School of Medicine offers excellent benefits and the starting base salary will be according to NIH standard.
Requirements: To be eligible to apply, A PhD completed within three years of the application is needed. You will work both independently as well as a part of a team. Personal characteristics, such as high degree of responsibility and ability to work with others will be important consideration factors. A recent doctorate in Biological Sciences or related field with experience in Molecular Biology, Cell & Developmental Biology, or Genetics is required. Experience with zebrafish is not required.
If you are interested in this position, please contact Dr. Jinhu Wang (email: email@example.com) with a cover letter describing your research vision and interests, your CV and contact information of three referents.