UND, Yakoub Lab

Position ID:UND-Yakoub Lab-PD [#18217]
Position Title: postdoc / research associate / scientist
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:North Dakota, United States
Subject Areas: Neurobiology
Virology
Neuroscience
Pharmacology
Appl Deadline:none (accepting applications posted 2021/02/26)
Position Description:   URMs apply  

postdoc / research associate / scientist position in virology and neuroscience

A postdoctoral position is available in the Yakoub Lab at the University of North Dakota. The Yakoub Lab works on the areas of viral pathogenesis in the human brain and brain diseases, using cutting-edge technologies, such as CRISPR-Cas gene editing, stem cells, human neurons, human brain organoids and knockout/knockin mouse models. This research is likely to give rise to paradigm-shifting fundamental discoveries and impactful publications in outstanding scientific journals. Therefore, this is a great opportunity for a highly motivated ambitious junior scientist who wants to become established in the field and advance to an academic faculty, or industrial leadership, position in the near future.

Example ongoing projects and research directions include: (i) Studying virus-brain interactions, and the molecular mechanisms of pathogenesis for the devastating viruses, SARS-CoV2 and Zika virus. These are currently some of the most high-priority research areas, given the existing COVID-19 pandemic and the recent Zika virus pandemic.

(ii) Developing viral tools and technologies for neuroscience research (e.g. to trace human brain circuitry and map out the cellular/molecular bases for behavior), and disease therapy (e.g. developing gene therapies for Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases or for ALS).

(iii) Studying human brain development and its disorders, which includes understanding the molecular mechanisms of neurodevelopmental diseases (e.g. autism) and the molecular bases for human-specific brain development and the evolution of cognitive/intellectual functions, using human brain organoids and humanized mouse models.

(iv) Autophagy roles in brain development and disease: including linking the roles of autophagy in certain neuronal subtypes in the brain to behavior and learning and memory functions, and developing therapies that target this mighty process.

A PhD earned or expected to be earned in the near future is required. Experience in cell culture, stem cells, mouse models, behavioral assays, brain histology, confocal microscopy, calcium imaging, cell and molecular biology, protein biochemistry, neurobiology or related areas is desirable. Critical and independent thinking skills, motivation (being self-driven), and passion for science and an academic career are essential for success in this position.

Female applicants and those from diverse and underrepresented backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.

To be considered for this position, please send your CV to Prof. Abraam Yakoub at abraam.yakoub@und.edu


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