Postdoctoral Researcher - Columbia University Dept. of Neurology - Division of Movement Disorders

Location
New York City, New York
Salary
Standard NIH level postdoc salary
Posted
Jun 10, 2021
Closes
Jul 10, 2021
Research Area
Motor Systems
Position Type
Full Time

Overview:

The Division of Movement Disorders at the Columbia University Department of Neurology is world-renowned for its tradition of clinical care and research excellence in the diagnosis and treatment of a variety of movement disorders, including Parkinson's disease, Huntington’s disease, ataxia, tremor, and dystonia. Our goal is to further progress in the field of movement disorders through cutting-edge research. We are continuously investigating better diagnostic tests and improved therapeutic options for patients and their families.

As part of the Division of Movement Disorders, the Kuo lab studies movement disorders stemming from disease of the cerebellum and leads the Initiative for Columbia Ataxia and Tremor (ICAT). In our research, we apply diverse methodologies to investigate the pathophysiology of these diseases. Human brain pathology, preclinical animal models, human physiology studies and clinical trials all play an important role in our efforts to advance knowledge of cerebellar function and to develop therapies for ataxia and tremor. We are looking for motivated postdoctoral fellows who are interested in cerebellar research to join us. Visit https://www.thekuolab.org/ to read more about our group.

In this position you will:

  • Perform molecular biology assays (PCR, Western, etc.)
  • Handle and prepare brain tissue samples for preservation and experimentation
  • Handle and work with mice and mouse models of cerebellar disease
  • Perform in-vivo electrophysiological recordings with mouse models of disease
  • Perform optogenetic experiments for in-vivo studies with mice 
  • Perform translational research with human subjects to confirm observations from mouse models
  • Prepare and write manuscripts for publication in scientific journals
  • And have lots of fun!

Requirements:

  • PhD degree in the neurosciences, molecular biology, or a related field
  • A keen interest in the brain, with a desire to expand our knowledge of cerebellar function and disease
  • Strong willingness to learn new lab techniques for various experiments
  • English language proficiency

We are looking for candidates who are highly motivated and curious. We believe that research is a collaborative effort, so the candidate should be a team player that works well with others.

How to apply:

Interested individuals should submit an application with a curriculum vitae, a brief cover letter including research interests, and the contact information of 2+ individuals who will provide letters of reference to dsr2159@cumc.columbia.edu

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