A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Sara Szuchet, D. Phil. to study the biology of oligodendrocytes and the molecular mechanism of myelin sheath assembly.
We have recently challenged the 50-year-old dogma that the myelin sheath is no more than a modified version of oligodendrocyte plasma membrane by advancing novel and cardinal concepts that call for thinking anew about the basic biology of oligodendrocytes, the factors that are at play in the formation of the myelin sheath and about its pathological destruction (Szuchet et al., 2015 J. Struct. Biol. 190, 56-72). Current research aims are to: 1) characterize, biochemically and structurally, the myelinophore organelles with particular emphasis on the manner they deliver their cargo – the myelin membrane tubules; 2) investigate the mechanism of myelin membrane fusion; 3) demonstrate that there is interaction between the axolemma and the oligodendrocyte plasma membrane in the formation of the Nodes of Ranvier and define the nature of this interaction.
The successful candidate is expected to hold a recent Ph.D. degree with a good background in neuroscience, biomedical engineering, cell biology and related subjects. Hands-on experience with immunological and imaging techniques, electron microscopy, 3D tomographic modeling and microfluidic platforms would be an advantage. This position requires an individual with a strong passion for research; someone who is not afraid to face challenges and is willing to contest long-standing believes.
Neuroscience at the University of Chicago covers a wide range of topics from computational to behavioral to molecular. The recent creation of the Grossman Institute of Neuroscience has had a strong impact on fostering the interaction among scientists with diverse interests. In general, because the campus is confined to a relatively small area; it facilitates collaboration with colleagues from different disciplines.
All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran status or status as an individual with disability.
Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-5671 or email ACOppAdministrator@uchicago.edu with their request.
Interested individuals should send a detailed CV with bibliography, a brief statement of research accomplishments and future interests (one page) and asked for three letters of recommendation to be sent to email@example.com. The position is available immediately.
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