The postdoctoral scholar will be responsible for independent and collaborative development, implementation, and analysis of scientific research in the discipline of neuronal signal transduction underlying neurodegeneration, particularly Alzheimer’s disease (AD). Responsibilities include: management of all aspects of a research project that aims to innovatively explore the role of small GTPase signaling in progression of AD-like phenotypes in rodent models of the disease. Duties include: hypothesis development, literature review, collection of pilot data, report writing, supervising of undergraduate and graduate research students, overseeing data collection procedures, supervising experimental procedures, review of data for quality control, supervision of data entry/data analysis, analysis of research hypothesis using descriptive and multivariate statistics, and the development of independent and collaborative presentations and publications. Scholars are expected to demonstrate compliance with established guidelines and regulatory standards for research including biosafety, responsible conduct of research, and animal use training.
Approximately 90% of the postdoctoral scholar’s time will be devoted to a research project that uses cell biology, biochemistry, imaging, and behavioral methods to better understand the role of Arf6 and Rab10 proteins in AD progression.
Approximately 10% of the postdoctoral scholar’s time will be devoted to managing the day-to-day activity of undergraduate and graduate research students in the laboratory.
Initial appointment is for one year, with potential for additional two years.
A recent (1-2 years) PhD in neurobiology, cell/molecular biology, or related field, and/or MD, DDS, DMD
At least one first author publication in an internationally recognized peer-reviewed journal
Previous experience with confocal microscopy and basic cell and molecular biology techniques
The ECU Department of Physical Therapy has established collaborative relationships with ECU’s Brody School of Medicine, East Carolina Diabetes and Obesity Institute (http://www.ecu.edu/ecdoi/), the College of Health and Human Performance, and the School of Dental Medicine. Vidant Medical Center is a fully accredited, 1000+ bed hospital serving 29 counties with Level-1 Trauma Center and extensive inpatient and outpatient services including rehabilitation and pain management. Our Doctor of Physical Therapy program has strong administrative support and attracts top quality students for each 30 student cohort.
East Carolina University, the third largest university in the state (~29,000 students), is a constituent of the UNC system. ECU is located in Greenville, North Carolina (population ~91,000). Located approximately 1½ hours from the capital city of Raleigh, Greenville is the cultural, educational, medical, and economic center of eastern North Carolina and enjoys a temperate climate. Greenville is also within driving distance to the beautiful North Carolina beaches (2 hours) and mountains (4 hours).
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