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Post-Doctoral Research Associate

The University of Nebraska–Lincoln
Lincoln, NE

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Post-Doctoral Research Associate



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A postdoctoral position with competitive salary and benefits is available in Dr. Xinghui Sun’s laboratory for highly motivated candidates who are interested in the pathogenesis of obesity, fatty liver disease, and atherosclerosis. A variety of experimental approaches including state-of-the-art cellular and molecular techniques, multi-omics profiling, and mouse phenotyping are employed to identify the key mechanisms underlying vascular dysfunction of these complex diseases. For more information about Sun lab, please visit the website:

This is a non-tenure NIH-funded position. The position will be available from August 2021. Sun lab welcomes and strongly support scientists with diverse backgrounds who are energetic and highly motivated for career advancement.

Recognizing that diversity within a context of inclusivity enhances creativity, innovation, impact, and a sense of belonging, the Institute of Agriculture and Natural Resources (IANR) and Biochemistry are committed to creating learning, research, extension programming, and work environments that are inclusive of human diversity. We actively encourage applications from and nominations of individuals from underrepresented groups.

Sun laboratory is located within the Department of Biochemistry. The current faculty members in the department work on high-impact research projects related to areas such as metabolism and metabolic engineering, molecular mechanisms of disease, plant science, and structure biology. This provides an outstanding cross-disciplinary research environment that contributes to highly successful, nationally and internationally recognized research programs. Sun lab interacts with other PIs within the department, at the Nebraska Center for the Prevention of Obesity Diseases (, and at University of Nebraska Medical Center (about 60 min drive) to create an excellent research environment.

The university is located in Lincoln, the capital city of U.S. state Nebraska. Lincoln boasts an outstanding quality of life that includes fine culinary and artistic treasures, a live music scene and numerous parks, golf courses and bike trails. Lincoln ranked #9 best places to live in U.S. by in 2019. To learn more about Lincoln, visit

The University of Nebraska‐Lincoln is an EO/AA employer, qualified applicants are considered for employment without regard to race, color, ethnicity, national origin, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, disability, age, genetic information, veteran status, marital status, and/or political affiliation. See

Minimum Required Qualifications:

Candidates must have a PhD degree in physiology, biochemistry, biomedical sciences or related disciplines, and have strong background in cell culture, biochemical and molecular biology techniques and small animal model systems.
Ability to work both independently and cooperatively within a team is essential.

Preferred Qualifications:

Previous training and experiences in one or more of the following research areas are preferred: 1) fatty liver disease and atherosclerosis; 2) multi-omics approaches, bioinformatics and computational biology; 3) mitochondrial homeostasis; 4) protein posttranslational modifications such as neddylation in diseases; and 5) long noncoding RNAs.

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How to Apply:

Click “Apply to this job” and complete the information form. Attach 1) a letter of interest that describes your qualifications for the job, statement of research, anticipated contributions, and your experience contributing to inclusive environments; 2) your curriculum vitae; and 3) statements that describe your philosophy and approach to research (combine into one document and attach as “Other Document”). Arrange for three confidential professional letters of reference to be sent to Dr. Xinghui Sun at [email protected]

For questions or accommodations related to this position contact:

Katelyn Rife
[email protected]

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Faculty Non-Tenure Leading

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Working at University of Nebraska-Lincoln

For 150 Years, A Leader in Higher Education 
Always a place of high ambition, University of Nebraska was one of the first institutions west of the Mississippi River to award doctoral degrees - the first was granted in 1896. The University of Nebraska established the world's first undergraduate psychology laboratory. The discipline of ecology was born here, and the campuses reflect that tradition, being recognized as botanical gardens and arboreta. An early institutional interest in literature and the arts provided the foundations for today's Prairie Schooner literary magazine, for the University of Nebraska Press, and for the Sheldon Museum of Art, which houses one of the world's most significant collections of 20th century American art.

Today, Nebraska is one of the nation's leading teaching institutions, and a research leader with a wide array of grant-funded projects aimed at broadening knowledge in the sciences and humanities. Nebraska is also a land-grant university and a member of the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU). The university is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The University of Nebraska offers an extensive benefits package that includes health, life, disability and long term care insurance; retirement accounts; tuition reimbursement for employees and their spouses and dependent children; and reimbursement accounts for health care and dependent day care. Leave policies are designed to help employees deal with personal or family events or crises.

Diversity and Inclusion
In the spirit of the phrase "Every Interaction Matters", UNL has an enacted commitment to diversity and inclusive excellence for our faculty, staff, and students. On our campus, diversity and inclusion are important priorities. Examples include: Husker Dialogues, which is an event that helps first-year students focus on diversity and inclusion and practice handling difficult conversations around difference; three Chancellor's Diversity Commissions that are charged with informing and advising the Chancellor and addressing issues of constituent campus communities; and the establishment of the Office of Diversity and Inclusion whose leader operates at the Vice Chancellor level. At the University of Nebraska-Lincoln, we strive for excellence in all that we do. True excellence requires that each individual be able to work and learn in an atmosphere of respect, dignity, and belonging. Our commitment to diversity and inclusion requires each of us to continuously ensure our interactions are respectful, protect free speech, and inspire academic freedom.

About Lincoln
The University of Nebraska-Lincoln is located in an up-and-coming and safe city of 300,000 people that has many of the cultural and entertainment benefits of a much larger city, with the feel of a friendly Midwestern community. The Pinnacle Bank Arena, opened in 2013, routinely hosts major touring acts. A buzzing entertainment district, the Railyard, connects the arena area to the Historic Haymarket. Cuisines from all continents provide the entree to dynamic urban nightlife and a wide variety of ways to enjoy time with friends. Nebraska's City Campus is one with Lincoln's city center, as it has been since the university was founded.Lincoln has more parkland per capita than Austin, Texas; Portland, Oregon; and all but a handful of U.S. cities. The well-manicured Pioneers Park, the native woods of Wilderness Park and the open grassland of Nine-Mile Prairie are each within a 10-minute trip from campus. Connecting many of these parks is an extensive trails network.

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