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Postdoctoral Associate

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Position Information

Position Information:

Working Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Faculty Rank: Postdoctoral Associate
Posting Number: SR0160219
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

The Center for Regenerative Medicine, Virginia Tech, Department of Biomedical Sciences, invites applications for a postdoctoral position in the laboratory of Molecular and Cellular Neurobiology. The laboratory studies the mechanism regulating vascular remodeling and neural tissue damage following traumatic brain injury and stroke. We employ a variety of novel tools including but not limited to small animal surgery, chimeric and transgenic animal creation, Laser Doppler analysis, mini-pump brain infusions, cell culture, qPCR and Western Blot analysis. The successful PostDoctoral candidate is expected to work independently to accomplish research projects related to traumatic brain injuries and tissue recovery. The multidisciplinary approach includes an in depth understanding of the biochemistry, molecular and cellular biology, underlying the mechanisms controlling vascular and neural tissue plasticity.

A highly motivated Postdoctoral Associate is sought to perform advanced studies in molecular and cellular biology related to murine brain injury. The candidate will also be expected to attend lab meetings, maintain laboratories in a clean and good working order and maintain a high level of organization, data analysis and manuscript preparation. Opportunities to compete for external fellowships will be encouraged.

The appointment will be housed in the College’s Center for Regenerative Medicine.

Required Qualifications:

The successful candidate must have a PhD or MD/PhD degree in the Neurosciences, biological sciences or related field. Qualifications include but are not limited to small animal surgery, osmotic pump infusions, cerebral blood flow analysis, animal colony maintenance, brain tissue histology and immune-labeling, performing cell culture experiments using endothelial cells and neural stem cells, tissue harvesting and qPCR, Western Blot analysis, data collection and analysis, and laboratory organization. Must be highly self-motivated after initial supervision, willing to learn new experimental skills, and to work individually and collaboratively with a variety of individuals for more than one projects simultaneously. Must be proficient in animal studies, including surgeries. Must be able to safely move and handle up to 40 lbs.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience with small animal surgeries, histology, westernblot and aPCR, primary cell line maintenance, cell signaling analysis, data analysis and data preparation for publication. Excellent scientific writing and manuscript preparation required

Employment Conditions: Other (Describe Below)
Must have a conviction check: Yes
Describe Other:

May be required to work on weekend or holiday when needed.

Employment Comments:
How to Apply for this Job:

Qualified applicants must electronically submit online application, cover letter, curriculum vitae, letter of interest and a list of professional references to Apply to posting #SR0160219. Applicant screening will begin on February 23, 2017 and continue until the position is filled. Inquiries should be directed to Dr. Michelle Theus, Search Committee Chair, Virginia Tech is committed to building a culturally diverse faculty and strongly encourages applications from women and minorities.

Employee Category: Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
If restricted or temporary, enter end date: 02/28/2019
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: Biomedical Science
Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: M-F hours TBD
Job Posting Date: 02/06/2017
Review Begin Date: 02/23/2017
Job Close Date(if applicable):
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Access at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
  4. Candidate Statement
Optional Documents
  1. Letter of Reference #1
  2. Letter of Reference #2