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Post Doctoral Fellow

Employer
University of South Carolina
Location
Columbia

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Science & Technology, Chemistry & Biochemistry
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Position Type
Postdoc
Employment Type
Full Time
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

Job Details

Logo For Posting:

Posting Number:

RTF00106PO24

USC Market Title:

Post Doctoral Fellow

Link to USC Market Title:

https://uscjobs.sc.edu/titles/156385

Business Title (Internal Title):

Post Doctoral Fellow

Campus:

Columbia

Work County:

Richland

College/Division:

College of Arts and Sciences

Department:

CAS Biological Sciences

Advertised Salary Range:

We offer a competitive salary and benefits package.

Part/Full Time:

Full Time

Hours per Week:

37.5

Work Schedule:

Must be willing to work a flexible schedule to meet the needs of the department.

Type of Staff Position:

Staff Research Grant (SRGP)

Basis :

12 months

Job Search Category:

Post-doctoral

About University of South Carolina:

From the Upstate to the Lowcountry, the University of South Carolina system is transforming the lives of South Carolinians through the impact of our eight institutions and 20 locations throughout the state. More than 50,000 students are enrolled at one of eight institutions, including the research campus in Columbia and comprehensive four-year universities in Aiken, Upstate and Beaufort. In addition, our Palmetto College campuses in Salkehatchie, Union, Lancaster and Sumter enable students to earn associate or bachelor’s degrees through a combination of in-person, online or blended learning. All of our system institutions place strong emphasis on service — helping to build healthier, more educated communities in South Carolina and beyond.

Inclusive Excellence Statement:

At the University of South Carolina, we strive to cultivate an inclusive environment that is open, welcoming, and supportive of individuals of all backgrounds. We recognize diversity in our workforce is essential to providing academic excellence and critical to our sustainability. The University is committed to eliminating barriers created by institutional discrimination through accountability and continuous process improvement. We celebrate the diverse voices, perspectives, and experiences of our employees.

South Carolina Retirement:

Yes

State Insurance Programs:

Yes

Annual Leave:

Yes

Sick Leave:

Yes

Advertised Job Summary:

The Welshhans Lab in the Department of Biological Sciences at the University of South Carolina is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to work on NIH-funded studies examining the local translation of mRNAs in axons during neural development. The candidate, under the general supervision of the PI, will use advanced molecular and cellular techniques to study the interplay between adhesion and local translation during axon guidance. The ultimate goal of this work is to gain novel information about how the extracellular environment influences intra-axonal translation to mediate brain development. These research questions will be answered using a combination of cell biology, molecular biology, and advanced microscopy techniques, including TIRF microscopy and live cell imaging. The candidate will write manuscripts and reports on their research, present their research in group settings, and have access to opportunities to further their professional development.

Required Education and Experience:

A terminal degree (PhD) in Neuroscience or a related discipline (such as Developmental Biology, Cell Biology, Molecular Biology)

Preferred Qualifications:

Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Developmental Biology, Cell Biology, or Molecular Biology. Previous expertise with fluorescence microscopy, neuronal cell culture, induced pluripotent stem cell culture, and/or other molecular/cellular techniques is preferred, but not required. Strong candidates will demonstrate evidence of independence, have effective oral and written communication skills, and can collaborate with others.

Knowledge/Skills/Abilities:

The individual must be able to design, conduct, and analyze experimental research. They must also be able to work independently and participate in a team. They must conduct business lawfully and ethically by consistently adhering to compliance policies, procedures, and regulations.

Job Duty:

Design and perform molecular and cellular neurobiology experiments, examining how adhesion regulates local translation during development, in primary mouse cortical and hippocampal neurons and human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSC)-derived neurons. This work will be executed independently (with guidance from the PI) to collect novel data on the complex processes underlying brain development.

Essential Function:

Yes

Percentage of Time:

40

Job Duty:

Complete molecular and cellular neurobiology experiments and conduct a variety of cell culture tasks. These include primary cell culture of mouse cortical and hippocampal neurons, culture and differentiation of hiPSCs, and maintenance of human cell lines. This work will be executed independently

Essential Function:

Yes

Percentage of Time:

15

Job Duty:

Conduct research design and implementation. This includes experimental design, recording experimental procedures, analyzing data, and interpreting results. This work also requires reading scientific literature that is relevant to the fellow’s research project. This work is necessary for the fellow to manage and develop their research project, and will be conducted independently, with guidance from the PI

Essential Function:

Yes

Percentage of Time:

15

Job Duty:

Oversee and mentor undergraduate and graduate student researchers. This task will be completed independently and will further the scientific and professional development of the fellow through learning how to supervise and direct the research of their mentees

Essential Function:

Yes

Percentage of Time:

10

Job Duty:

Participate in career development activities and other training activities, including safety training. This training will take place in small group or classroom settings and is necessary to ensure safety in the laboratory and further the development of the fellow as an independent scientist.

Essential Function:

Yes

Percentage of Time:

10

Hazardous weather category:

Non-Essential

Employees in Safety-Sensitive or Security-Sensitive positions will be subject to pre-employment and post-employment drug testing in accordance with University policy HR 1.95 Drug and Alcohol Testing.:

No

Number of Vacancies:

1

Job Open Date:

04/04/2024

Job Close Date:

05/19/2024

Open Until Filled:

No

Special Instructions to Applicant:

Positions are advertised for a minimum of five (5) business days on our job website. After five (5) business days, positions can be closed at the discretion of the department at any time. This employment site is updated on a regular basis. The length of the recruitment and screening process may vary from position to position, depending upon a variety of factors. Should review of your qualifications result in a decision to pursue your candidacy, you will be contacted by phone or email. We are only accepting applications submitted by May 19, 2024.The University of South Carolina offers a valuable benefits package including but not limited to:

  • Health and Life Insurance
  • Retirement Programs
  • Paid Tuition
  • Dependent Scholarships
  • Annual Leave
  • Sick Leave
  • 13 Paid Holidays (including an extended December holiday)
  • Paid Parental Leave
  • Professional Development Opportunities

Click here to learn more about why you should work at USC.

Quicklink for Posting:

https://uscjobs.sc.edu/postings/166410

EEO Statement:

The University of South Carolina does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or decisions for qualified persons on the basis of age, ancestry, citizenship status, color, disability, ethnicity, familial status, gender (including transgender), gender identity or expression, genetic information, HIV/AIDs status, military status, national origin, pregnancy (false pregnancy, termination of pregnancy, childbirth, recovery therefrom or related medical conditions, breastfeeding), race, religion (including religious dress and grooming practices), sex, sexual orientation, veteran status, or any other bases under federal, state, local law, or regulations.

Organization

Working at University of South Carolina

With more than 200 years of history and tradition, the University of South Carolina is redefining itself for decades to come. There's never been a better time to be at South Carolina, the state's flagship university and one of only 62 public universities to receive the Carnegie Foundation's highest designation for research.

The University is located in the heart of South Carolina in the capital city of Columbia, which is the nexus of government, a thriving arts and culture center, a venue for big-time Southeastern Conference intercollegiate athletics, and a community that is reinventing itself with redevelopment projects citywide. Much of the development is tied to land along the scenic, slow-moving Congaree River. Working with government, business, and community leaders, Carolina has developed a unified plan that will allow the University to expand from its origins on the historic Horseshoe to its future-Innovista, a research and innovation district that will stretch to the banks of the Congaree.

Innovista represents a new vision for research by creating a vibrant, urban community where students and researchers, including those from private firms, will live, work, learn, and play. Innovista will represent the University's four core research areas-hydrogen fuel cells, nanoscience and technology, biomedical and public health, and the environment-but will include other initiatives and business partners that serve the knowledge economy. Innovista's first private tenant, for example, is a leader in software applications for the insurance industry and will create several hundred high-paying jobs.

By attracting similar companies and jobs-and by capitalizing on an attractive location for restaurants and residential and retail space-Innovista will help drive the economy and increase per-capita income in the city and state. Recreational space will include a world-class waterfront park along the Congaree River and a new stadium for the Gamecocks' nationally ranked baseball program. Greenway paths for biking, walking, and running already line much of the river area. Innovista's 8 million square feet will blend seamlessly with the Vista, the city's nearby entertainment district of restaurants, bars, shops, and art galleries.

Chartered in 1801, Carolina began classes in 1805 with nine students and a single building, Rutledge College. As the campus grew and buildings were added during the next 50 years, a horseshoe layout was adopted. Today, the Horseshoe is on the National Register of Historic Places, with 10 of its 11 buildings dating to the 19th century. Those renovated buildings house, among other areas, the South Carolina Honors College and Undergraduate Admissions, representing much of the University's current and future lifeblood.

In fact, incoming freshman classes have never been larger or more competitive. The freshmen from fall 2006 set records for their size (more than 3,700) and SAT scores (1171 average). Freshmen enrolling in the Honors College had average SAT scores of 1398. Members of the University's prestigious scholarship programs, Carolina Scholars for in-state students and McNair Scholars for out-of-state students, had average scores of 1449 and 1477, respectively. Total enrollment at Carolina for undergraduates and graduates is more than 27,300, with some 350 degree programs to choose from. Since 1994, Carolina students have earned more than $9.9 million in prestigious national scholarships such as the Goldwater, Truman, Rhodes, and NSF scholarships and the Fulbright Fellowships.

South Carolina's student body is diverse. In fact, Carolina was recently recognized as the state flagship university with the highest percentage of African-American student enrollment in the nation. Research by the Journal of Blacks in Higher Education shows African-American students made up 14.7 percent of enrollment in 2004, the latest year available. The JBHE also ranks Carolina eighth in the nation in percentage of African-American faculty at a state flagship university with 4.3 percent.

The University's faculty garnered a record $173.3 million in federal, state, and private funding for research, outreach, and training programs in 2005-06, and several key hiring plans will introduce more talent and expertise to the faculty ranks. An aggressive campus building master plan and the faculty recruiting initiatives will change the collective face of the University and the faces of many of its key teachers and researchers.

South Carolina is recruiting world-class faculty to be endowed chairs-and change agents-for a series of "research centers of economic excellence" in areas such as nanoelectronics, polymer nanocomposites, brain imaging, regenerative medicine, cancer therapeutics, drug discovery, vision research, hydrogen fuel cells, and travel and tourism technology. These centers, some in collaboration with other state research universities and health and hospital systems, are funded with $30 million annually in state lottery money, as well as private matching money. Carolina is in the midst of a faculty recruitment plan to hire 600 new members. The Faculty Excellence Initiative is recruiting 150 faculty, many in interdisciplinary clusters of emphasis, while the Centenary Plan will recruit 100 elite research faculty to lead the University's core initiatives. Additionally, 350 faculty will be hired across disciplines to replace retirees over the next few years.

The University has forged a number of international collaborations in research, and the University's global connections are also strong in academics, particularly in international business. U.S. News & World Report has consistently ranked the Moore School of Business best in the nation for its undergraduate and graduate programs in international business; the undergraduate program is No. 1 for the 10th consecutive time, while the graduate program is No. 1 among public universities for the 18th consecutive year and No. 2 overall, continuing a streak of 18 years with a top-two overall ranking.

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