Research Associate

Charlottesville, VA
Oct 11, 2017
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Working Title: Research Associate

Position Type: Professional Research Staff

Department: Department of Microbiology

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 10-10-2017

Posting Summary:
A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is open in Dr. David Kashatus' laboratory ( in the Department of Microbiology, Immunology, and Cancer Biology, at the University of Virginia, to study the role of mitochondrial morphological heterogeneity in pancreatic cancer.

Research projects include, but are not limited to, using advanced microscopy to analyze mitochondrial morphology in a variety of pancreatic tumors and cell lines and employing machine learning techniques and other data analyses to uncover relationships between mitochondrial structure and tumor physiology. The Research Associate will work independently on the projects, spending approximately 90% of the time conducting experiments and analyzing data, 5% on training graduate students, and 5% on writing manuscripts and grants. It is expected that the Research Associate will report research progress regularly in lab and collaborative meetings, present results and solicit input at local, national, and international conferences in the form of posters or oral presentations, and prepare figures and text for manuscripts with the PI's input.

The completion of a Ph.D. in Cell Biology, Molecular Biology, Biochemistry, or a related area with a strong publication record is required by the start date of the appointment. A minimum of three years of experience is required with full proficiency in techniques such as cell culture, light and confocal microscopy, super resolution microscopy, organelle analysis and mitochondrial biology. In addition, proficiency in image processing and image analysis, python and MACRO-based scripting and programming with R and MATLAB are required. The successful candidate will have excellent organizational, written and verbal communication skills, and can work both independently and collaboratively.

To apply, go to and search for posting 0621859 under the Professional Research Staff category. Please complete a candidate profile and upload a cover letter detailing your research experience, as well as a curriculum vitae and contact information for 3 references. Questions about the posting (please do not send application material) may be addressed to Liz Hupp at ehh2e@virginia.

The University of Virginia is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. Women, minorities, veterans, and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

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