Florida International University is classified by Carnegie as a “R1: Doctoral Universities - Highest Research Activity” and recognized as a Carnegie Community Engaged university. It is a public research university with colleges and schools that offers bachelor’s, master’s and doctoral programs in fields such as business, engineering, computer science, international relations, architecture, law and medicine. As one of South Florida’s anchor institutions, FIU contributes almost $9 billion each year to the local economy and is ranked second in Florida in Forbes Magazine’s “America’s Best Employers” list. FIU graduates are consistently among the highest paid college graduates in Florida and are among the leaders of public and private organizations throughout South Florida. FIU is Worlds Ahead in finding solutions to the most challenging problems of our time. FIU emphasizes research as a major component of its mission with multiple state-of-the-art research facilities including the Wall of Wind Research and Testing Facility, FIU’s Medina Aquarius Program and the Advanced Materials Engineering Research Institute. FIU has awarded more than 220,000 degrees and enrolls more than 54,000 students in two campuses and centers including FIU Downtown on Brickell, FIU@I-75, the Miami Beach Urban Studios, and Tianjin, China. FIU also supports artistic and cultural engagement through its three museums: Patricia & Phillip Frost Art Museum, the Wolfsonian-FIU, and the Jewish Museum of Florida-FIU. FIU is a member of Conference USA and more than 400 student-athletes participating in 18 sports. For more information about FIU, visit http://www.fiu.edu/.
Department of Immunology and Nanomedicine
The Herbert Wertheim College of Medicine at Florida International University is currently seeking a full-time, non-tenure, Postdoctoral Associate position within the Department of Immunology and Nanomedicine. This position is available immediately in Dr. Madepalli Lakshmama’s Alzheimer’s disease lab. Our long-term goal is to develop disease-modifying therapies for Alzheimer’s disease and other neurological disorders. We recently demonstrated that the expression of transcription factor EB (TFEB) markedly reduced hyperphosphorylated tau in the brain, thereby mitigated synaptic and behavioral deficits in a mouse model of tauopathy. The postdoctoral Associate will lead the project in studying the role of TFEB in the adult hippocampal neurogenesis (AHN) in mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease, as well as TFEB’s role against excitotoxicity and age-associated senescence using both the transgenic mice expressing flag-TFEB and regulated TFEB knockout mice. A secondary project consists of studying the impact of HIV and Alzheimer’s disease comorbidity on neuropathology, and the translational potential of the cannabinoid receptor pathway using a bigenic mouse model of HIV and Alzheimer’s disease. The Ideal candidate should have demonstrated technical expertise in mouse genetics, transmission-electron microscopy, immunohistochemistry, image acquisition and analysis, immunoblots and basic molecular techniques including cloning and mutagenesis. Applicants with an interest in Alzheimer’s disease and adult neurogenesis are encouraged to apply.
Minimum qualifications include a terminal doctoral degree, Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Biochemistry, Physiology, Pharmacology, or related filed.
Desired qualifications include; strong publication record and demonstrated experience in intravenous injections in mice.
Qualified candidates are encouraged to apply to Job Opening ID 519890 at facultycareers.fiu.edu and attach a cover letter and curriculum vitae as a single pdf file. Candidates will be requested to provide names and contact information for at least three references who will be contacted upon as determined by the search committee. To receive full consideration, applications and required materials should be received by December 1, 2019. Review will continue until position is filled.
FIU is a member of the State University System of Florida and an Equal Opportunity, Equal Access Affirmative Action Employer all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability or protected veteran status.