A joint postdoctoral research position is available in the Center for Childhood Neurotherapeutics, Department of Biological Sciences at University of South Carolina, in the laboratories Drs. Sofia Lizarraga and Jeff Twiss. The overall goal of the research program is to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie the pathology of neurodevelopmental disorders such as autism and intellectual disability. Using human pluripotent stem cells as a model system we are focusing on molecular mechanisms needed for the establishment of neuronal circuitry during brain development. Candidates should hold a PhD in a biomedical related field. Competitive candidates will have a background in neuroscience and strong interest in cortical development and disease modeling. Candidates should be self-driven, enthusiastic about science and capable of working independently and as a part of a team. The position will start immediately and funding will be guaranteed for two years and will be renewable depending on performance. The selected candidate will be expected to actively apply for his/her own funding and to contribute to the writing of scientific manuscripts during this time.
The ideal candidate will have extensive mammalian tissue culture experience (i.e. primary cell, stem cell and/or neuronal cultures), as well as a substantial molecular biology expertise including: cloning, QPCR, Genome editing, RNA seq, ChipSeq techniques is essential. Experience with animal models, cellular biology and biochemical techniques (i.e. confocal microscopy) is advantageous. Recent PhD graduates or early stage postdocs (no longer than 2 years) are especially encouraged to apply.
The laboratory of Dr. Sofia Lizarraga is located in the Department of Biological Sciences, University of South Carolina in Columbia. The overall goal of the Lizarraga laboratory is to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms that underlie the pathophysiology of neurodevelopmental disorders like autism and intellectual disability. Using human induced pluripotent stem cells as a model system... we are focusing on pathways important for the establishment of neuronal circuitry during brain development.