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Postdoctoral Positions in Cell Biology and Neurobiology

Medical College of Wisconsin
Wauwatosa, Wisconsin
To Be Determined
Closing date
Mar 4, 2023

Postdoctoral Positions in Cell Biology and Neurobiology


Two postdoctoral positions are available in the laboratory of Dr. Xuelin Lou at the Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW). The lab is looking for passionate individuals to spearhead projects in two major areas: 1) Islet β-cell dysfunction associated with diabetes and 2) Synapse loss mechanisms in neurodegenerative disorders (e.g., Alzheimer’s). Applicants should be self-motivated, work independently, and possess excellent communication skills. Successful applicants will join a research team that utilizes super-resolution microscopy, live-cell imaging, patch-clamp, multi-omics, and mouse disease models to understand the etiology of insulin-secretion deficiency and synaptic degeneration. (See

The positions provide ample opportunities to develop cutting-edge research skills and scientific independence in a collaborative environment. The PI is committed to mentoring young scientists and nurturing creative thinking and scholarship. The laboratory is in the Department of Cell Biology, Neurobiology and Anatomy at the main campus of MCW, a vibrant private medical school on the west shore of Lake Michigan. All applicants with relevant backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Review of applications will continue until the positions are filled.

Applications should submit a current CV, a representative publication, and a single-page research plan, and arrange for three letters of recommendation sent to

Job Duties

  • Plan and conduct specialized experiments independently. Evaluate/analyze data and publish the research findings. 
  • Contribute to collaborative projects and facilitate laboratory operations. 
  • Establish new research methods/procedures. Supervise research staff and students.

Minimum Qualifications

  • Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent in biomedical science or a related field

Preferred Qualifications

Research experience in pancreatic β-cells or central synapses, particularly in membrane trafficking (e.g., exocytosis, endocytosis, or vesicle recycling), actin dynamics, autophagy, mitochondria, synaptic plasticity, or neurodegenerative disorders. Expertise in cell biology approaches such as super-resolution microscopy, 3D-electron microscopy (FIB-SEM or SBF-SEM), two-photon imaging, patch-clamp, molecule cloning, siRNA, scRNA-Seq, and proteomics, etc.

The Medical College of Wisconsin is an EOE/AA Employer.


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