Postdoctoral Research Fellowship

University of Washington
Job Location
Medical Genetics
University of Washington
Seattle, WA 98195-7720
NIH scale

Health insurance, sick leave, paid vacation

Job Description

Through an institutional NIH funded program “Neurobehavior, Neuropathology, and Risk Factors in Alzheimer's Disease” the post doctoral researcher with an interest in the genetics of neurodegenerative diseases will join the Raskind laboratory on an ongoing study of 1) the role of (H+) vacuolar ATPase in parkinsonian diseases (Hum Mol Genet 2013 22:3259-68) or 2) microglia-specific genetic risk factors in Alzheimer’s disease (JAMA Neurol 2015 72:920-7). These multifaceted research endeavors offer the opportunity for mentored experiences in neurobiology, immunology, molecular genetics and stem cell biology, depending on the needs of the project.

Dr. Wendy Raskind, MD, PhD, is Professor of Medical Genetics and Adjunct Professor of Genome Sciences. Molecular biologist Dr. Olena Korvatska, PhD, is Assistant Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences. Our group has identified the genes and mutations responsible for multiple diseases and then developed cellular and animal models to investigate the effects of mutations on protein function and disease pathogenesis. We collaborate broadly both within and outside of the University of Washington.

The postdoctoral researcher will be encouraged to attend and participate in journal clubs and seminar series. The University of Washington is an outstanding environment with great breadth and depth of scientific expertise and a commitment to preparing trainees for careers in academics and/or industry.




Because the position will be funded by an NIH institutional training grant, only US citizens or permanent residents are eligible.

Ideal training and experience would include:
1. PhD in Neuroscience, Molecular and Cell Biology, Genome Sciences, Immunology or equivalent.
2. Expertise in mammalian tissue culture, gene delivery (e.g., nucleofection, lentivirus), RNA interference, in vivo reporter assays, and cell imaging.
3. Familiarity with a range molecular biology techniques such as molecular cloning, qRT-PCR, RNA microarrays and next-generation sequencing.

Desirable expertise:
Flow cytometry, stem cell biology (iPSC generation and differentiation), monocyte cell cultures and immunological assays, gene editing (CRISPR/CAS9), familiarity with bioinformatics (analysis of RNA-Seq data and/or proteomics data, pathway analyses).

How to Apply

Applications consisting of a cover letter, CV and contact information for three references should be submitted by e-mail to Wendy Raskind  ([email protected]).

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