The Wildonger lab seeks a motivated, collaborative post-doctoral researcher to join our research team. We are fascinated by the intricate morphology of neurons and by the microtubule cytoskeleton and molecular motors that shape neuronal development. How do microtubules and motors work to generate diverse neuron types and create neuronal function? We recently started two exciting new directions in the lab: First, we are pursuing a novel acetylation-based mechanism that regulates microtubule stability and exerts neuron-type-specific effects on synaptic growth (Saunders et al. 2022, PMID 35081332). Second, we are investigating the coordinated regulation of ion channel delivery and dendrite morphogenesis in nociceptive sensory neurons (Mitchell et al. 2022, bioRxiv 10.1101/2022.05.19.492359). We use a fruit fly model system and leverage a synergist combination of techniques ranging from gene editing to live imaging of proteins in neurons in vivo. You can learn more about our research at our lab website: wildongerlab.org (to learn more about Jill Wildonger: https://biology.ucsd.edu/research/faculty/jwildonger.html).
The successful candidate will have:
A Ph.D. degree or equivalent in a biological or biomedical sciences field.
A strong background in cell biology, genetics, biochemistry, molecular biology, and/or neurobiology. Expertise in techniques such as molecular biology, (confocal) microscopy, and/or fruit fly genetics are preferred.
Excellent scientific communication skills as evidenced by peer-reviewed publications and presentations at scientific meetings.
A strong initiative to learn; an eagerness to expand scientific knowledge and to develop new technical skills.
The ability to function as part of a team and to also work and think independently to drive projects forward. We seek someone who will be an active, engaged, and contributing member of our research group.
To apply please send the following as a single PDF: (1) A cover letter that describes your research interests and career goals and summarizes your research experience (please highlight any experiences that may be relevant to our projects); (2) Your curriculum vitae, including a list of publications, research experiences (please specify dates and lab head/PI), and the contact information for three references (name, title, institution, email, phone; indicate if a referee is a current or former scientific mentor).