Research Assistant Professor - Fixed

Grand Rapids MI
Oct 05, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Position Summary

This Research Assistant Professor (RAP) position will coordinate several lines of research in the Morgan-Gordon laboratory. Specifically, the RAP will be responsible for overseeing research projects investigating the mechanismsof tau toxicity and cell to cell transmission in the context of tauopathies. In this role, it is expected that the RAP will manage several trainees and technicians.Moreover, the RAP will be responsible for generating grant applications aimed at sustaining the research program as well as to facilitate the transition ofthe RAP in to an independent research position. In addition, the RAP isexpected to write up results for publication in a timely manner.

The RAP will take a primary role in overseeing and developing a research program involving the manufacture of viral vectors, recombinant proteins and developing models of tauopathies to study mechanisms of tau transmission and toxicity. In addition, the RAP will participate in the day to day operations of the research lab; duties will include collaborative experimental design, conducting experimental laboratory work, analyzing and writing up results for publication in peer-reviewed journals. This position is located at 333Bostwick Ave NE, Grand Rapids, MI.

Required Degree


Minimum Requirements

Doctoral degree in natural sciences and at least three years of postdoctoral experience in a basic science laboratory. Skills required includes a strong background (with the corresponding publication record) in the biology and pathobiology of the protein tau, experience with recombinant protein production, cell culture, viral vector production, evaluation of miRNA products and data generation and handling, data interpretation, writing up laboratory procedures and results, supervision of students and software usage. Experience with cloning and protein, analysis, examination of protein-protein interactions, immune precipitation, cell culture development and maintenance, and microscopy are considered strengths. Good command of written and spoken English is required.

Desired Qualifications

Advanced techniques such as small animal handling, immune histochemistry, knowledge of brain anatomy, tissue sectioning, fluorescence microscopy animal handling, survival surgery, and behavioral testing.

Required Application Materials

CV, Letters of Reference

Special Instructions

Review of applications will begin on October 19, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.

Summary of Health Risks

Work with animals or unfixed animal tissue

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