The McKnight Brain Institute’s laboratory of Thomas Foster has a position available for a Postdoctoral Fellow. The Foster lab is addressing questions concerning DNA methylation and RNA expression in the brain during aging. Specifically, we are interested in candidates with a background in molecular biology.
This postdoctoral position is available immediately for a motivated recent PhD graduate who meets the qualifications and description outlined below. The fellow is expected to use and establish cellular and animal models to investigate epigenetic mechanisms, including DNA methylation patterns, in relation to aging, cognition, and RNA expression. The candidate will work with Dr. Foster and his research team to identify areas of interest and expertise to facilitate contributions to project goals. While this project is currently funded, it is expected that as a part of postdoctoral training individuals will be involved in the process of preparing research a proposal and writing a fellowship application. The McKnight Brain Institute (MBI) and University of Florida provide postdoctoral training opportunities to scientists beginning their research careers.
A Ph.D. graduate with experience and publications in the fields of molecular biology or cell signaling.An ideal candidate will have experience with research techniques including protein, RNA, DNA work.
Must provide the names of three individuals who can provide recommendations and present a scientific seminar describing his or her pre-doctoral research.
We are looking for:
A hands-on researcher, comfortable interacting at all levels
A team player who proactively shares knowledge and expertise with lab members
A detail oriented researcher who still keeps a clear grasp of the big picture
A driven individual who is able to exhibit exceptional research productivity and take responsibility for independent management of the project
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with experience or as defined by NIH guidelines.
Internal Number: #506456
About Thomas Foster
Dr. Foster is the Evelyn F. McKnight Chair for Research on Cognitive Aging and Memory and Professor of Neuroscience and the Genetics and Genomics Program at the University of Florida. Dr Foster’s research program utilizes a combination of behavioral characterization with biochemical, molecular, and electrophysiological techniques to obtain a vertically integrated perspective on neural aging, from the molecular to the cognitive level. Electrophysiological techniques, including patch-clamp recording, are employed to investigate the relationship between age-related cognitive decline and altered synaptic transmission and synaptic plasticity. Techniques for next generation sequencing of RNA and DNA methylation are employed to test hypotheses of gene regulation in resiliency in the face of aging, inflammation, stress, and changing hormonal milieu. Finally, studies in humans and animal models examine miRNA from plasma exosomes as markers of aging and disease.