Research Associate

Job description

Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2019-09-18
Req: R0010518

The Department of Cell Biology at the University of Virginia (UVA) seeks a Research Associate to join the lab of Dr. Karen Hirschi to study the role of the vasculature in regulating neural stem cells (NSC) in the adult brain. The work in the laboratory integrates cell and molecular biology with mouse genetic and genomic approaches. Of particular interest, will be investigating the mechanisms by which vascular endothelial cells interact with NSC via gap junctions, and how this regulates adult neurogenesis. The role of the person holding this position also includes supervision of undergraduate students, as well as the writing of manuscripts.

Applicants should have a PhD in physiology and pathophysiology. The successful candidate should also have a strong knowledge of gap junctions, vascular/neuro biology and expertise in the biology of NSC. In addition, the successful candidate should have extensive experience with high resolution confocal imaging, NSC and endothelial cell culture and mouse colony management. Experience with stereotactic neurosurgery will also be highly valuable.

The candidate should be proficient in English, have good writing and oral presentations skills, strong interpersonal skills Candidates will be evaluated on match for the position, research accomplishments, and research trajectory, in addition to other factors.

Postdoctoral employment is temporary and is normally limited to an individual who has been awarded a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate within the previous five years and who will be involved in full-time research or scholarship at the University. Employment as a Postdoctoral Research Associate is viewed as training and is preparatory for a full-time academic or research career, is supervised by a senior scholar, and allows the appointee to publish the results of his/her research or scholarship during the training period.

This is a one-year appointment; however, appointment may be renewed for an additional two, one-year increments, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.

This is a restricted position; continuation is dependent on funding and satisfactory performance.

Review of applications will begin on September 27, 2019, but the position will remain open until filled.


This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require walking some distance to attend meetings, and programs.


EXTERNAL APPLICANTS: please apply through Workday at the following URL, , and search for requisition # R0010518. Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, address).

INTERNAL UVA APPLICANTS: please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs”, and search for requisition # R0010518. Complete an application online and attach a cover letter, CV/resume, and contact information for three references (name, email address, telephone number, address).

For questions regarding the application process, please contact Michelle Williams, Faculty Search Advisor, at

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System and the University Physician’s Group are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff.  We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences.  We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Posted: 9/20/2019
Application Due: 12/29/2019
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