Jeff Corwin at UVA seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate to join in collaborations with the labs of Jung-Bum Shin and Xiaowei Lu. The successful candidate must have a PhD in neuroscience, cell biology, molecular biology, or biochemistry and a substantial publication record. The successful candidate will design his or her own projects in conjunction with the PIs and collaborate with other scientists in our groups.
Expertise in genetics, molecular biology, and cell biology will be required to successfully drive a project that will apply state-of-the-art molecular and genetic approaches to investigate the regeneration of hair cells in the inner ear. Corwin Lab trainees are typically in high demand. Twenty are now professors and many have bright careers in biotech.
To apply, visit https://jobs.virginia.edu and search on Posting Number 0620727 or follow the link in this posting. Complete a Candidate Profile online, attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, letter of research interest, and contact information for three references. The position will remain open to applications until filled.
The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply
Candidates must have a PhD and/or an MD in Neurosciences or a related field in hand by start date, with a background in Neurosciences, as well as have extensive experience in conducting independent research, preparing manuscripts and supervising research trainees. The successful applicant should also be highly motivated, independent, and creative, and possess a strong work ethic and critical thinking abilities.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is dependent upon qualifications, but the position comes with a full benefits package.
Over 20 million Americans have significant hearing deficits that result from loss of sensory hair cells, the acoustic receptors in the ear. Those losses are usually permanent in humans, but comparable losses in other species are followed by dramatic recovery of function. Past work in our lab and others has shown that sharks, bony fish, amphibians, and birds can regenerate damaged auditory and vest...ibular detector cells in a matter of weeks, leading to dramatic functional recovery from the kinds of deafness and balance disorders that are permanent when they occur in humans.
A decade ago, we discovered that sensory hair cells also can be regenerated in the balance organs from the ears of mammals, including those from humans, but in mammalian tissues those processes occur at very low rates. Of course, we would have been happy to find robust regenerative responses in human tissues and in those from other mammals, but the discovery of even the low rates of regeneration observed showed for the first time that the machinery for biological self-repair existed and could operate in the mature human ear. Our work has extended from those first discoveries in mammalian tissue and we hope that by contributing answers about regenerative processes that work may lead to the development of effective treatments for conditions of neuronal and sensory cell loss.