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Postdoctoral Positions in Stem Cells and Brain Development

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Postdoctoral Fellow positions are available at the University of Wisconsin-Madison to investigate mechanisms regulating brain development and plasticity (details: We use a combination of molecular, cellular, genetics, and imaging methods to investigate transcriptional and post-transcriptional mechanisms that control the process of mammalian brain development and their implications in neurodevelopmental disorders, such as fragile X syndrome, Rett syndrome, and autism.

The postdoctoral fellows will work on several exciting projects and some projects involve multi-laboratory collaborations. One perspective postdoctoral fellow will lead projects employing state of art Patch-Seq, single cell genomics, and integrative computation methods to identify the genes and gene network driving neuronal development and brain diseases. Strong background in neuroscience is needed. The ideal candidates should be experienced in either electrophysiology (patch clamp recording) or next generation sequencing data analysis. A second perspective postdoctoral fellow will lead project using a combination of mouse genetics and human iPSCs to study gene regulation of neurodevelopment, therefore experience in either mouse model or stem cell biology is preferred.

In addition to leading research projects, the fellows will receive trainings that are critical for future science jobs, including grant/fellowship application and student supervision. If interested, please email a cover letter stating your career goals, CV, contact information of at least 3 references, and electronic (PDF) files of representative first-authored publications to Dr. Xinyu Zhao:


( The University of Wisconsin, established in 1848, is one of the nation’s leading and largest research institutions, well known, for example, for its early discovery of warfarin, the sequencing of the E. Coli genome, and the recent development of stem cell research. UW-Madison has a large campus of 30,000 undergraduates, 9,000 graduate students, and 3000 professional students with major colleges and schools of Letters and Science, Agricultural and Life Sciences, Veterinary Medicine, Medicine and Public Health, Nursing, Law, Education, Pharmacy, Business, and Engineering with a budget of $1.6 billion. Its R&D funding is among the top 3 in the US. The UW faculty or alumni have received 17 Nobel Prizes, and 54 faculty members are active or emeritus members of the prestigious National Academy of Sciences. This large single campus provides an exceedingly rich research environment.

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