Postdoctoral Associate in Molecular Aspects of Age-Related Macular Degeneration

University of Miami Miller School of Medicine
Job Location
1501 NW 10th Ave. (M-860)
MIAMI, FL 33136
Job Description

The John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate to work on the experimental aspects of age-related macular degeneration (AMD). This position will work on research directed towards identifying molecular mechanisms that confers the risk or protection of AMD.


  • Conduct research on AMD.
  • Perform high-throughput sequencing sample preparations, molecular genetics analyses, and bioinformatics analyses.
  • Conduct research in cell-based models and human eye tissues to evaluate the functional consequences and mechanisms of genetic factors in AMD.
  • Confer with principal investigators to review work assignments and develop plans for research experiments; make minor modifications to existing laboratory procedures and techniques to meet the needs of the particular equipment as required.
  • Review scientific literature to keep abreast of new developments and to obtain information regarding previous experiments to aid in the design and development of original procedures and techniques.
  • Supervise, train and instruct residents, interns, students or lower level personnel in molecular genetics techniques and procedures.
  • Compose manuscripts for publication and present research findings at lab meetings and conferences.

This list of duties and responsibilities is not intended to be all-inclusive and may be expanded to include other duties or responsibilities as necessary.


Ph.D. or M.D. required. Experience in ophthalmology, molecular genetics, lentiviral gene delivery, eye tissue dissection/staining preferred. The ability to work as part of an interdisciplinary team is expected.

About Our Organization

The John P. Hussman Institute for Human Genomics is dedicated to using the very latest in cutting-edge technologies to identify genes involved in human diseases for the diagnosis, intervention and prevention of illness. Our work ranges broadly across many scientific disciplines and involves close collaboration with the global community of scientists and medical professionals, as well as the community at large.

Our scientists are among the first generation of researchers realizing the potential of the Human Genome Project, the working genetic “map” of human DNA that was completed in 2003. They are leaders in the application of clinical, molecular, and mathematical techniques to identify genes leading to human disease.

While a single gene might cause some rare diseases, more common illnesses and disorders are the result of a complex interplay between multiple genetic factors and the environment. A variety of genes may contribute small pieces to the puzzle of diseases like Parkinson’s and cancer or to complex conditions like autism.

We are the ones piecing together that puzzle, the specialists mapping the varieties of genetic traits across many diverse populations like those that live in South Florida. We cannot do it without the support of patients, their families, and their communities. The field of human genomics is growing so rapidly, with breakthroughs and discoveries nearly every day. For this reason, the continued support of generous individuals and institutions is crucial. It is this combined effort that ultimately will lead to pioneering techniques, medicines and treatments tailored to individuals and families in an era of “personalized medicine.”

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