Research Associate

Charlottesville, VA
Mar 17, 2018
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Working Title: Research Associate

Position Type: Professional Research Staff

Department: Department of Molecular Phys and Biological Physics

Location: Charlottesville

Posting Date: 03-16-2018

Posting Summary:
The laboratory of Dr. Huiwang Ai ( in the Center for Membrane and Cell Physiology at the University of Virginia is seeking a Post-Doctoral Research Associate. The mission of this research team is to engineer novel molecular imaging probes to peer into cells and brains to understand their communications.

The team is looking for an individual with an expertise in Molecular Biology, Cell Biology and Imaging. This individual will couple genetically encoded fluorescent biosensors with live-cell microscopy (confocal, super-resolution, TIRF, FLIM, etc.) for the understanding of redox and metabolic signaling in cancer and/or diabetes.

Candidates must have a PhD or equivalent in hand by start date in Biochemistry, Chemistry, Molecular Biology or a similar field; Two or more first-author publications in reputable journals; more than 3 years of experience in cell biology and fluorescence microscopy. Preferred qualifications are: experience in molecular cloning; experience in cancer cell biology, insulin signaling, or beta cell function; experience in microscopy instrumentation.

The successful applicants will perform high-profile, NIH-funded research in an interdisciplinary research group, which interacts closely with Departments of Molecular Biophysics & Biological Physics, Chemistry, and Biomedical Engineering, the Neuroscience Graduate Program, the UVA Cancer Center, and the UVA Charles O. Strickler Transplant Center.

The Post-Doctoral Research Associates will work independently and collaboratively under the guidance of Dr. Ai, 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 Associates 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.

To apply visit and search for Posting Number 0622864 or visit: Applicants should complete a candidate profile, and attach a cover letter (including a short statement of research interest), CV (including a publication list), and contact information for three references.

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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