The Laboratory of Integrative Physiology at Cornell University (Selvaraj Lab: http://blogs.cornell.edu/selvaraj/) is looking for a Postdoctoral Associate interested in the broad area of lipid physiology with a focus on cholesterol/fatty acid metabolism and steroids. The spectrum of work may involve molecules: lipids, proteins that regulate lipids, and genetic elements that may regulate these proteins, cells: signaling responses, lipid transport systems, and specific involvement of different organelles, and animal models: functional studies using gene-modified mice. Individuals who have the ability to think, develop new ideas and creatively design methods for driving a project forward are encouraged to apply.
Previous work in the lab has focused on mechanisms of mitochondrial cholesterol transport involved in steroid hormone biosynthesis [Morohaku et al. Endocrinology. 155(1):89-97]. Particularly, we have resolved a serious misconception in this field that had persisted for decades [Selvaraj and Stocco, Trends in Endocrinology and Metabolism. 26(7):341-8]. This has opened up new directions for our future work. We focus our research efforts on fundamental physiology and attempt to explain cellular to organismal mechanisms. In order to do this, we have employed a variety of techniques that include: genetic modifications like CRISPR/Cas9-mediated gene disruption, viral gene delivery, omics approaches, etc. Our lab is well-equipped, and the collaborative environment at Cornell allows us to address our research questions with the most precise techniques and develop new rigorous methods towards arriving at a concrete conclusion.
Depending on potential of the individual, and progress of work, the Postdoctoral Associate will have sufficient independence to explore interests and develop new projects. S/he will have access to all career development opportunities at Cornell, and career planning will be encouraged. There will also be opportunities for mentoring/training a talented group of undergrads that populate the lab.
This is a full-time (40 hours/week) position and will be located in Ithaca, New York. This is a one-year appointment with possible extension depending on performance and funding.
The anticipated start date for this position is Fall 2017 or as negotiated.
Ph.D. in life sciences with strong background in cell and molecular biology. Individuals must have the ability to learn quickly and keep up with the rapid pace of biomedical research advances and methods; the ability to analyze data and document project results as a manuscript for publication in peer-reviewed journals; have good communication skills and be capable of engaging in team work.
Experience with animal models is desired but not essential.
Qualified applicants should submit a letter of motivation, curriculum vitae and contact information of at least three individuals who can submit letters of reference. Please apply via Academic Jobs On-line (https://academicjobsonline.org/ajo/jobs/9172)
The position will remain open until filled. Review of applications will begin on May 31, 2017. For questions regarding the position, please contact Dr. Vimal Selvaraj at firstname.lastname@example.org or via phone at 607.255.6138.