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Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Edson Foundation

Biodesign Institute at Arizona State University
Tempe, Arizona
$50,000 - $56,000 per year; DOE + benefits
Closing date
Sep 21, 2021
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We invite applications for one Edson Foundation Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the ASU-Banner Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center (NDRC) at Arizona State University’s Biodesign Institute. The goal of the Edson Foundation is to fund research that will find new discoveries and solutions to better the quality of life for people affected by neurodegenerative diseases. 

As a prestigious Edson Postdoctoral Research Scholar, you will have a primary mentor in the NDRC, but will have the opportunity to collaborate with other investigators. The NDRC prides itself on producing highly impactful research through collaborative science. The selected candidate will work on projects related to identifying novel therapeutic agents for Alzheimer’s disease. This will include a combination of in vitro cell-based studies and in vivo rodent work.

We will begin reviewing applications February 13, 2021 and will continue to review incoming applications on a biweekly basis until the position is filled. To apply for this position, candidates must submit their application through Interfolio at (emailed applications will not be considered). 

Required Qualifications:

Applicants must have earned a Ph.D. within the last four years.

Desired Qualifications:

  • The ideal candidate must be highly motivated and have prior experience in neurobiology and neuroanatomy, with a strong focus in Neurodegenerative Diseases.
  • Candidates must have a strong background in wet lab techniques such as immunohistochemistry, immunoblots, tissue homogenization and qPCR.
  • A strong background in biostatistics will be preferred; having bioinformatics expertise is a plus.
  • The candidate will be motivated to learn skills that implement a multidisciplinary approach, from molecular to genetic to behavioral levels of study. 
  • The candidate must be a team player, as collaborations are a key driver to produce impactful research at the NDRC.

Essential Duties:

  • Transgenic rodent handling including; behavioral assessment, drug delivery and collection of various tissue at death.
  • Molecular biology techniques; cell culture, western analysis, standard cloning approaches
  • Use of microscopy, unbiased stereology, confocal imaging, image analysis, and molecular biology methods.
  • Data analysis, manuscript preparation, and oral presentations
  • Assist with the preparation (brainstorming) and writing of grant proposals
  • Coordinate among team members, mentor undergraduate and graduate students, and actively participate in journal clubs and lab meetings.

Working Environment:

  • Regular activities require ability to manage multiple tasks at one time, to be able to prioritize tasks; to manage conflict; to interact in a team environment; and to communicate through verbal and written work.
  • Activities are performed in an environmentally controlled office setting and laboratory subject to extended periods of sitting, keyboarding and manipulating a computer mouse; required to stand for varying lengths of time and walk moderate distances to perform work.
  • Frequent bending, reaching, lifting, pushing and pulling up to 25 pounds.
  • Regular activities require ability to quickly change priorities, which may include and/or are subject to resolution of conflicts.
  • Ability to clearly communicate verbally, read, write, see and hear to perform essential functions.
  • May be required to wear personal protective equipment before entering laboratories such as lab coat, gloves, safety glasses, closed toe shoes, and respirator.

Application Instructions:

Applicants should send a cover letter, CV, and the names of three professional references in the application through the Interfolio website:

Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Department Statement:

For the sixth year in a row, ASU has been named the most innovative University in the nation, recognizing the university's culture of groundbreaking research an well as its commitment to helping students thrive in college and beyond. U.S. News and World Report has named ASU as the most innovative university all six years the category has existed.

ASU Knowledge Enterprise advances research, innovation, strategic partnerships, entrepreneurship, and international development. Our success arises from interdisciplinary research; an entrepreneurial approach that is embedded in every school and department; and a commitment to transform society in a positive way. (

The Biodesign institute is home to the ASU-Banner Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center (NDRC); this is a collaboration between ASU and Banner officially entered into in July 2015. The goal of NDRC is to develop a world-class research center that houses basic and translational researchers to address etiology, prevention, diagnosis and treatment of neurodegenerative diseases. We share a strong desire to collaborate in an effort to advance scientific progress against Alzheimer’s disease and other neurodegenerative diseases, to make meaningful contributions to the understanding and promotion of healthy existence, to establish an organization that unites clinical and basic research in an effort to bridge the gap between discovery, and delivery of health care of affected populations. NDRC serves as the basic research arm and Banner Health serves as the clinical research arm of the partnership.

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