Research Associate

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Working Title: Research Associate

Position Type: Professional Research Staff

Department: Department of Medicine, Endocrinology and Metabolism

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 08-08-2017

Posting Summary:
The lab of Dr. Heather Ferris in the Division of Endocrinology and Metabolism at the University of Virginia is seeking applicants for a Post-doctoral Research Associate position focused on studying the impact of diabetes on cognitive function using animal and cell models of disease. The incumbent will be responsible for developing and implementing experiments in specified areas of research and will write grant proposals, manuscripts for publication, and abstracts for presentation at national and international meetings. Supervision and instruction of graduate and undergraduate students is also required.

Previous work in our lab has demonstrated that diabetes results in an impairment of brain cholesterol synthesis. We went on to show that genetic lowering of brain cholesterol levels leads to metabolic and cognitive disorders in mice independent of diabetes (Suzuki, PLoS Biology: PMC3621654, Ferris, PNAS: PMC28096339).
Potential projects include: 1) determining the role of the insulin receptor in the development of Alzheimer's pathology, 2) further defining the impact of disrupted cholesterol metabolism on various cell populations in the brain in the presence and absence of Alzheimer's disease, 3) investigate changes in brain energetics in knock out and disease models, and 4) mechanistic studies of oxidized cholesterol species in the brain which may be an intermediary between diabetes and Alzheimer's disease.

Candidates must have a PhD and/or an MD in Neurosciences, Physiology or a related field in hand by start date, with a background in Neurosciences, as well as have extensive experience in conducting independent research, preparing manuscripts and supervising research trainees. The successful applicant should also be highly motivated, independent, and creative, and possess a strong work ethic and critical thinking abilities.

This position is restricted and is contingent upon funding.

To apply, visit and search on Posting Number 0621459. Complete a Candidate Profile online, attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, contact information for 3 references and a statement of research interest.

For further information about the position, please contact Dr. Heather Ferris via e-mail at [email protected]

For further information about the application process, please contact Nicole Trice via e-mail at [email protected]

Positions will remain open to applications until filled.

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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