Postdoctoral positions are currently available in the laboratory of Brad Walters in the department of Neurobiology and Anatomical Sciences at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (https://www2.umc.edu/education/schools/medicine/clinical_science/otolaryngology___communicative_sciences/brad_walters,_phd.aspx). Our laboratory studies the development of the sensory organs in the inner ear with a primary interest in uncovering how stem cells and other nonsensory cells differentiate into sensory cells (i.e. hair cells and neurons). Once we identify genes that are critical to such cell differentiation events during development, we test whether those genes are useful in the regeneration of hair cells and neurons which are commonly lost following trauma, noise exposure, or pharmacologic side effects. We use a variety of techniques to uncover the roles of candidate genes in neural development and regeneration. These include molecular biology, cell and tissue culture, immunostaining, in situ hybridization, confocal microscopy, scanning electron microscopy, next-gen sequencing (RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, etc.), genetic engineering (AAVs, CRISPR/Cas, transgenic animal models, etc.), and electrophysiology (auditory brainstem responses, patch clamp physiology, etc.).
Other areas of interest in the lab are the intersection of hearing and traumatic brain injury, and a mechanistic understanding of cell proliferation and cell death as mediated by oncogenes and tumor suppressor proteins.
The University of Mississippi Medical Center is a vibrant, diverse, and growing academic medical and research institution located in Jackson, the capital city of Mississippi. The area boasts a wealth of restaurants, live music, and nightlife, but also a very low cost of living, numerous museums, theaters, shopping centers and parks. The surrounding area has many natural green spaces and lakes ideal for hiking, camping, boating, and other watersports. The city is also centrally located between New Orleans, LA and Memphis, TN, both of which are easily reached by train or car.
Candidates with experience or strong interest in any of the above areas or techniques are encouraged to apply. Funding is currently in place for support of these positions through June of 2022. Salary is based on the NIH postdoctoral salary guidelines.
Applicants should have a PhD, or expect to graduate with a PhD prior to August 2018. To apply, send a copy of your CV, (including GPAs for undergraduate and graduate), a brief statement of research interests and career goals, and at least 3 references.
About The University of Mississippi Medical Center
The University of Mississippi Medical Center, located in Jackson, is the state's only academic health science center. UMMC includes six health science schools: medicine, nursing, dentistry, health related professions, graduate studies and pharmacy. (The School of Pharmacy is headquartered on the University of Mississippi campus in Oxford) Enrollment in all programs is more than 3,000 students.
...The Medical Center's missions are to improve the lives of Mississippians by educating tomorrow's health-care professionals, by conducting health sciences research, and by providing cutting-edge patient care. A major goal of the Medical Center is the elimination of differences in health status of Mississippians based on race, geography, income or social status.