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 Kukar lab is recruiting postdoctoral fellows to join our diverse and inclusive team at Emory University to study the mechanisms of neurodegeneration. We aim to understand how lysosome dysfunction causes Frontotemporal Dementia (FTD) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). One major project is to determine why loss of the progranulin (PGRN) protein causes lysosome dysfunction, inflammation, and neurodegeneration (see Huang et al., 2020 and Holler et al., 2017 for background).
The Kukar lab uses a multi-disciplinary approach spanning human induced pluripotent stem cell (iPSC)-derived models (e.g., organoids, microglia, neurons), molecular neuroscience, biochemistry, multi-omics, bioinformatics, chemical biology, and mouse models to investigate the mechanisms of neurodegeneration.
Emory has excellent postdoctoral training resources to help advance the careers of post-docs. We are part of the highly-collaborative Emory Center for Neurodegeneration and Chemical Biology Discovery Center and you will have access to state-of-the art equipment and cores to advance your research (https://www.cores.emory.edu/index.html).
Although this postdoctoral fellowship is funded, a critical part of training is mentoring in grant writing. Thus, there are multiple opportunities to apply for fellowships including an NINDS Training Grant in Translational Research in Neurology. The training will have two principal components: First, fellows will be immersed in an intensive, hands-on laboratory training program; Second, they will learn clinical aspects of neurologic disorders, including current concepts of pathogenesis and pathophysiology, current therapy and potential “targets” for experimental therapeutic intervention (http://www.cnd.emory.edu/training/index.html).
Qualifications: A Recent Ph.D. or M.D./Ph.D. in a relevant field (e.g., neuroscience, cell biology, immunology, biochemistry, neuroscience) and a track-record of publications and excellent written/verbal communication skills is required. Experience in human iPSC modeling, CRISPR/Cas9 techniques, molecular biology, structural (x-ray/NMR) biology, biochemistry, cell culture, transgenic animal models, animal surgery, proteomics, or lipidomics, is a plus, but not required. Fellows are expected to co-author manuscripts, collaborate with lab members, and contribute to the training and management of new lab recruits.
The successful candidate will be a self-motivated, ambitious, team player that wants to contribute towards human health while having fun doing cutting edge science in the great city of Atlanta!
Application: Emory University supports a diverse and inclusive culture and provides equal opportunities and equal access to all individuals. Please submit online; CV, a personal statement describing interest in position, career goals, and contact info for three references. Inquires sent to: firstname.lastname@example.org.