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Postdoctoral Fellow - Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine

Augusta University

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Postdoctoral Fellow - Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine

Job ID: 259101
Location: Augusta University
Full/Part Time: Full Time


About Us
Augusta University is Georgia's innovation center for education and health care, training the next generation of innovators, leaders, and healthcare providers in classrooms and clinics on four campuses in Augusta and locations across the state. More than 9,000 students choose Augusta for educational opportunities at the center of Georgia's cybersecurity hub and experiential learning that blends arts and application, humanities, and the health sciences. Augusta is home to Georgia's only public academic health center, where groundbreaking research is creating a healthier, more prosperous Georgia, and world-class clinicians are bringing the medicine of tomorrow to patient care today.

Augusta University - Health Sciences Campus: 1120 15th Street, Augusta, GA 30912

College/Department Information
Founded nearly 200 years ago in 1828 as the nation's fifth public medical school, the third medical school in the southeast and the thirteenth in the nation, the Medical College of Georgia at Augusta University is the state's only public medical school. The Department of Neuroscience & Regenerative Medicine at the Medical College of Georgia is committed to cutting-edge research and excellence in education. Our research addresses fundamental questions ranging from genetic, epigenetic, cellular and circuit regulation and tissue regeneration to pathophysiology of inflammaging, neurodegeneration, psychiatric disorders, CNS injuries using a broad repertoire of experimental approaches.

Job Summary
The fellow will become part of a team to assess mechanisms for the decline in cognitive function/mental processing during normal aging or in disorders including Alzheimer's disease and epilepsy. The position is in the laboratory of Dr. Ferenc Deak (Augusta Univ., GA), who has a long-standing interest in understanding the molecular regulation of synaptic neurotransmission. Currently interest is on recently identified genetic variants associated with AD and epilepsy and their effect on neuronal networks and cognitive function. On-going studies include live fluorescence imaging of synaptic transmission and plasticity, long-term potentiation and whole cell patch clamp recordings of neuronal activity in a variety of transgenic rodent models.

Responsibilities to include but not limited to: Participate in project planning and development of research protocols while ensuring adherence to accepted scientific research principles and compliance with relevant federal guidelines. Analyze results of experiments and procedures using manual or computer techniques and, if necessary, develop special computer programs to facilitate analysis; Teach and participate in complex bacteriological, chemical and/or radio-chemical qualitative and quantitative analysis, macro- and micro-serological, histologic and cell culture procedures. Coordinate and participate in research of scientific literature; Summarize and evaluate findings; Develop derivative applications of techniques developed by own research activities or reported by other research projects; Present findings at scientific meetings locally, nationally and internationally. Compose articles for publication in scientific journals; review articles prepared by others. Supervise and coordinate activities of students, graduate assistants and other research personnel engaged in research activities and/or related laboratory work; Advise principal investigators, other postdocs, students and other research personnel on research techniques, procedures and other technological aspects of research activities. Calibrate, troubleshoot, repair and operate microscopes, computer-linked analytical equipment, dedicated computers and other complex scientific equipment; Instruct others in operation of equipment. Perform all other related duties/tasks as assigned.

Required Qualifications
Ph.D. or equivalent degree from an accredited college or university.

Preferred Qualifications
Experience with patch-clamp electrophysiology and cell culture or brain slice preparation, as well as molecular biological techniques including sub-cloning, RT-PCR and western blotting. Other techniques that will be considered include fluorescence imaging, immunohistochemistry and image analysis. Experience with stereotaxic surgery and behavioral assays in rodents would be an advantage.

Knowledge, Skills, & Abilities
Willingness and ability to work with research animals. Ability to work independently with only general supervision. Excellent interpersonal, written, & verbal communication skills. Detail-oriented with strong organizational and prioritization skills. Ability to maintain confidentiality, complete work, and meet deadlines. Proficient in Microsoft Word and other computer software/databases or willingness to learn.


Shift: Days; Monday - Friday (Work outside of normal business hours may be required)

Salary to be commensurate with qualifications of selected candidate within the established range (generally minimum-midpoint) of the position.

Recruitment Period: Until Filled.

Augusta University offers a variety of benefits to full-time benefits-eligible employees and some of our half-time (or more) employees.

Benefits that may be elected could include health insurance, dental insurance, life insurance, Teachers Retirement System (or Optional Retirement Plan), as well as earned vacation time, sick leave, and 13 paid holidays.

Also, our full-time employees who have been employed with us successfully for more than 6 months can be considered for the Tuition Assistance Program. Consider applying with us today!

Conditions of Employment
All candidates are required to successfully pass a Background Check review prior to starting with Augusta University.

All employees are responsible for ensuring the confidentiality, availability, and integrity of sensitive [patient, student, employee, financial, business, etc.] information by exercising sound judgment and adhering to cybersecurity and privacy policies during the course of their employment and beyond.

Other Information
This position is also responsible for promoting a customer-friendly environment and providing superior service to our patients, students, faculty, and employees. "Augusta University is a patient-and family-centered care institution, where employees partner every day with patients and families for success." Augusta University is a tobacco-free environment, and the use of any tobacco products on any part of the campus, both inside and outside, is strictly prohibited.

Equal Employment Opportunity
Augusta University is proud to be an equal opportunity employer welcoming applicants from underrepresented groups, including individuals with disabilities and veterans.

How To Apply
Consider applying with us today! - Search for Job ID: 259101.Select University Faculty & Staff > External Applicants if you are a candidate from outside the university.Select University Faculty & Staff > Internal Applicants if you are a current university employee.If you need further assistance, please contact us at 706-721-9365.

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