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Position Information

Position Information:

Working Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Faculty Rank: Postdoctoral Associate
Posting Number: SR0150133
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Position Summary:

Postdoctoral Associate positions in Glial Biology in Health, Disease, and Cancer Center at Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute

Dr. Harald Sontheimer, professor and director of the Glial Biology in Health, Disease, and Cancer Center at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute, is recruiting two Postdoctoral Associates to carry out full time research under his supervision. The research will involve studying the role of astrocytes in neurological illnesses including epilepsy, trauma, Alzheimer disease and Glioma. Studies will be conducted in mouse models of disease.

One position focuses on glia vascular interactions including the role of astrocytes in blood brain barrier maintainance and the effect of injury on their function. These studies involve multi-photon imaging in vivo, single-photon imaging in situ and possibly whole-cell patch clamp electrophysiology. Basic familiarity with mouse genetics and breeding is desirable.

The second position focuses on primary brain cancer more specifically the function and regulation of the system Xc glutamate transporter in glioma cells in the development of primary brain tumors. This project requires familiarity with tissue culture, mouse glioma models, PCR, Western blot, and immunohistochemistry.

Required Qualifications:

-Ph.D. in neurobiology, neuroscience, psychology, or related field.
-The candidate should be proficient in at least one of the following techniques: confocal microscopy, electron microscopy, whole cell brain slice patch clamp electrophysiology, intracellular neuronal ratiometric calcium imaging, voltage-sensitive dye recordings.
-Furthermore the candidate should be familiar with mouse genetics breeding, colony management and small animal surgery.
-The candidate is expected to have a successful research record as demonstrated by publications in peer-reviewed journals.

Preferred Qualifications:

-Good writing skills; particularly with respect to report writing and editing.
-Creative, independent, and highly motivated, with good communication skills.
-Strong work habits and the ability to work independently as well as in a fast-paced research environment with a team.

Employment Conditions:
Must have a conviction check: Yes
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How to Apply for this Job:

For a complete listing of position qualifications, and to apply, please visit, and search for posting # SR0150133. Review of applications will begin on October 6, 2015.

Employee Category: Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
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FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Band
Pay Range: Commensurate with Experience
Department: VT Carilion Research Institute
Location: Other - Virginia
Location, if not Blacksburg: Roanoke, VA
Location Zip Code: 24016
Work Schedule: 8-5
Job Posting Date: 09/22/2015
Review Begin Date: 10/06/2015
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Restricted to university employees only? No
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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
Optional Documents
  1. Cover Letter
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  4. Candidate Statement
  5. Research Statement