Emory University is a leading research university that fosters excellence and attracts world-class talent to innovate today and prepare leaders for the future. We welcome candidates who can contribute to the diversity and excellence of our academic community.
The Gracz lab is hiring a postdoctoral researcher to join our lab in the Division of Digestive Diseases at Emory University. We are interested in understanding the genetic regulation of stem and progenitor cells in the intestine and liver. Our work focuses on the intersection of transcriptional regulation, chromatin, and cell biology.
The “big questions” we are pursuing include:
1. What defines “stemness” at the genomic level?
2. Is “stemness” restricted to specific cell types, or does it exist as a transient “state”?
3. How do different adult tissues utilize stem cells and “stemness” to maintain homeostasis and respond to injury?
Projects that address these questions are available in the areas of intestinal stem cell chromatin regulation, and liver/biliary injury and regeneration. Specific projects will be tailored to the interests of the postdoctoral candidate and research goals of the lab. The training environment within the Division, as well as across Emory University and the Children’s Hospital of Atlanta provides ample opportunity for collaboration and co-mentorship.
Our lab has expertise in a wide range of techniques, including transgenic/knockout mouse models, mouse and patient-derived organoids, genomics, and computational biology. We believe in embracing and adopting new technologies and experimental approaches that allow us to better answer our core biological questions. Candidates with expertise in any area of cell biology and/or genetics, along with strong oral and written communication skills, are encouraged to apply.
The ideal candidate will bring enthusiasm and creativity to technically challenging benchwork. They will thrive in an environment that prioritizes experimentation to drive the intellectual advancement of the research program. An interest in joining a new/growing lab and helping mentor/train junior members is desired. We prioritize a diverse, kind, and collaborative environment that facilitates independence and career growth.
Start date is flexible within early-mid 2021.
More information about our lab, including links to recent publications and pre-prints, can be found at: www.graczlab.org. Interested candidates should apply online.
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.
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