University of Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Closing date
Oct 8, 2021
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University of Pittsburgh Graduate School of Public Health is one of the nation’s leading schools of public health, ranking third among schools of public health in terms of NIH funding with contributions that have influenced public health practice and medical care across the world. Central to its mission is to foster a multidisciplinary research approach to understand and solve health problems.

A postdoctoral fellow position is available in the laboratory of Nicholas Fitz in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health at the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, PA. The successful candidates will become part of a large, multidisciplinary neuroscience and environmental health community, and will have ample opportunities for collaborations. The lab utilizes transgenic animals for modeling of Alzheimer’s disease so the applicant should have knowledge on the use of animals as a model system. The postdoctoral positions in the lab are supported by NIH grants with goals of understanding the role exposome as a risk factors for late onset Alzheimer’s disease and the impact these exposures have on different neural cellular populations. These projects require integration of multiple techniques for in vitro assays, rodent behavioral analysis, brain surgery, and histological, molecular, and genetic analysis of pathological markers.

The candidate should have a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Cell Biology, Molecular Genetics or related fields, with a track record of productivity during their graduate studies.

The candidate should have experience using transgenic mouse models, preferably with behavioral testing, and histological analysis using confocal microscope. Furthermore, experience in molecular biology and biochemistry is a requirement. The application of Next Generation Sequencing (NGS) including, cell sorting and single cell transcriptomes, is a substantial part of the work relevant to all projects. The position requires basic knowledge of statistics with R and Python, experience with bioinformatics tools and software packages necessary to analyze sequencing data.

The candidates should have creative thinking, excellent communication skills and ability to work collaboratively. Applications should include curriculum vitae and names/contact information of three professional references.

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 The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/ Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity, EOE, including disability/vets.


The Environmental and Occupational Health (EOH) Department at the University of Pittsburgh has a sound reputation as a leader in training students to Identify agents that affect health, Study the long-term effects of environmental and occupational health risks, and Determine the molecular mechanisms of toxic agents that contribute to the development of certain illnesses and diseases.
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