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Postdoctoral Fellow (Michael Hicks Lab)

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University of California Irvine

Postdoctoral Fellow (Michael Hicks Lab)

Job Opening: Postdoctoral Fellow

Job Location: Michael Hicks Laboratory in the Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Center at University of California Irvine

A postdoctoral fellow position is available in the Laboratory of Dr. Michael Hicks, at University of California Irvine. A competitive salary and benefits package will be provided and is negotiable. Preference will be given to US citizens or permanent residents.

Employing Department and Institution: The Hicks Laboratory in the Department of Physiology and Biophysics, University of California Irvine.

Job description: The overall goal of our research is to improve muscle regeneration and control muscle stem cell fate to develop new therapeutics. The postdoc will generate skeletal muscle from human pluripotent stem cells for disease modeling, developmental studies in vivo, and cell therapies. The postdoc will apply emerging technologies to evaluate muscle diseases from human clinical samples and use transgenic mouse models to test mechanisms of muscle regeneration. The project will integrate iPSCs, muscle stem cells, immunology, and neuroscience to improve muscle function and neurogenesis. Postdocs will be expected to take on leadership roles in the lab including training junior colleagues, grant writing, and career development activities. Interested candidates can view more at for more details.

*Research Environment: * The Hicks Laboratory started in 2020 and is a growing, vibrant research group of PhD, medical students, and undergrads pursuing cutting-edge research. Postdocs will have access to the latest tools, a new workstation, and guaranteed funding. The Hicks' laboratory is situated in the heart of the Sue and Bill Gross Stem Cell Research Center providing ample opportunities for collaborative stem cell and regenerative research, training fellowships, and access to state-of-the art research facilities. The UC Irvine Muscle Biology and Disease working group brings together 15 research and clinical science laboratories for additional expertise in skeletal muscle. Several other fantastic centers including the UCI Center for Neural Circuit Mapping, the Institute for Immunology, the NSF-Simons Center for Multiscale Cell Fate Research provide a community for early career scientists to engage in cross-disciplinary research.

Minimum degree and field of knowledge: This opening is an ideal opportunity for recent MD or PhD graduates interested in a career in medicine and/or biomedical research. A strong publication record is essential. Expertise in mouse models, cell therapy, or high throughput sequencing (single nuclear RNA-seq or spatial RNA seq) would be very valuable. P.I. will provide additional training through research with skeletal muscle stem cells, pluripotent stem cells, and mouse models. Interested applicants should submit a CV, a brief statement of current and future career goals and contact information for three references by email to [email protected].

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