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Assistant Professor (Fixed Term) Imaging Specialist Position at Michigan State University

Michigan State University
Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan
$70,000 - $90,000 per year + benefits
Closing date
Jul 29, 2022
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Assistant Professor (Fixed Term) Imaging Specialist Position at Michigan State University


The Gulbransen and Jackson laboratories and the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology in the College of Osteopathic Medicine at Michigan State University are seeking a Ph.D. level imaging specialist to perform research aimed at investigating interactions between peripheral nerves and perivascular adipose tissue and to oversee daily operations in a Departmental microscopy facility.


The Gulbransen and Jackson labs use advanced cellular imaging and genetic approaches to study interactions between neurons and non-neuronal cells in the periphery. Major techniques used in these studies include network- and cellular-level calcium imaging with GCaMPs, selective cell stimulation using chemogenetics, cell labeling assays, fluorescent reporter systems, RNA sequencing, and physiological assays of function.


The successful candidates will be expected to conduct experiments aimed at understanding the neurohumoral regulation of perivascular adipose tissue, collect and analyze data from these experiments, and report the results of these studies at scientific meetings and in publications (70% effort). The successful candidate will also be expected to oversee the daily operations of a microscopy core facility which houses a Zeiss LSM 880 NL microscope with Airyscan detectors, train users in the use of this microscope; train and assist with image analysis; and help facilitate collaborative research effort using this system (30% effort). There will also be opportunities to participate in professional development programs and to write and submit grants and career development awards.


Qualified candidates must have a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Physiology, Pharmacology, Physics, Immunology, or a related field. Candidates must also have at least 2 years of postdoctoral training in live cell imaging using confocal, 2- or multiphoton imaging, or similar methods. Candidates must have demonstrated experience in image analysis and processing and should have a track record of research in, or complementary to vascular physiology or pharmacology, neurobiology, immunology or related fields. The candidate must have excellent oral and written communication skills, and to be willing to work with a diverse group of investigators.


This position is a 12-month fixed term appointment with opportunity for renewal based on performance and funding.


Interested candidates should submit the following application materials: 1) a letter of intent outlining their qualifications and career objectives, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) three letters of reference. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Brian Gulbransen at or to Dr. William Jackson at Formal applications should be submitted through the MSU applicant portal:


 Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.


Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine is particularly interested in individuals committed to inclusive excellence and a history of promoting diversity in their research, teaching, and service. We strongly encourage candidates to apply who can strengthen MSUCOM's commitment to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI), as identified in our Diversity, Inclusion, and Safety plan ( MSU is one of the top research universities in the world and has one of the biggest, greenest campuses in the nation. The MSU Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology has an established education program that provides a broad range of opportunities for teaching at multiple levels in multiple colleges within the University. MSU's health colleges (Osteopathic Medicine, Human Medicine, Nursing, and Veterinary Medicine) collaborate to provide high-quality medical care, research, and education.




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