Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Work type: Full-time
Location: Storrs Campus
Categories: Postdoctoral Research Associates

JOB SUMMARY

The Department of Chemistry, in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences is seeking to hire a Postdoctoral Research Associate. The incumbent will lead the investigation of the roles played by RNA modifications in the biochemical mechanism of drug addiction. This project is part of a broad effort aimed at elucidating the functions of the epitranscriptome in neuromodulation and cellular memory. The project will be carried out at the University of Connecticut under Dr. D. Fabris’ supervision.

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES

The incumbent will be responsible for the following tasks:

  • Conduct research aimed at elucidating the regulatory role of RNA modifications in the biochemical response of cells of the central nervous system to stimulation by neuromodulators and drugs of abuse.
  • Help elaborate hypothesis; design experimental strategy; perform and troubleshoot experiments.  
  • Work with primary cells and maintain cell cultures; treat cells with selected neuromodulators and drugs of abuse; isolate RNA; perform analysis of RNA modifications.
  • Perform control experiments; bioassays; gene depletion, deletion, and mutagenesis.
  • Optimize and troubleshoot current experimental procedures, as needed.
  • Carry out data analysis and interpretation; generate summaries, graphs, and figures.
  • Write publications; participate in dissemination.
  • Train and lead a team of undergraduate and graduate research assistants.

The incumbent will be expected to use initiative in the planning and execution of the different tasks; to maintain the research productivity necessary to cultivate a presence in the scientific community; to develop a good understanding of how to best prioritize the various tasks according to the situation on the ground; to maintain the maximum possible flexibility to facilitate the solution of unforeseen problems. The incumbent will report directly to Dr. Fabris, the laboratory’s principal investigator.

MINIMUM QUALIFICATIONS

Ph.D. degree in life sciences-related fields with experience in experimental pharmacology, culturing cells, and performing bioassays. Direct experience with gene depletion, deletion, and mutagenesis is a must.

APPOINTMENT TERMS

Start date for this position is anticipated for Fall 2020. The position is for an initial one-year appointment and is potentially renewable for a second year. Continuation beyond two years is contingent upon future external funding applications. Salary for this position will be determined by NIH guidelines.

TO APPLY

Please apply online at https://hr.uconn.edu/jobs, Staff Positions, Search #494673 to upload a resumecover letter, and contact information for three (3) professional references.

Employment of the successful candidate is contingent upon the successful completion of a pre-employment criminal background check. 

This job posting is scheduled to be removed at 11:55 p.m. Eastern time on October 1, 2020. 

All employees are subject to adherence to the State Code of Ethics which may be found at http://www.ct.gov/ethics/site/default.asp.

The University of Connecticut is committed to building and supporting a multicultural and diverse community of students, faculty and staff. The diversity of students, faculty and staff continues to increase, as does the number of honors students, valedictorians and salutatorians who consistently make UConn their top choice. More than 100 research centers and institutes serve the University’s teaching, research, diversity, and outreach missions, leading to UConn’s ranking as one of the nation’s top research universities. UConn’s faculty and staff are the critical link to fostering and expanding our vibrant, multicultural and diverse University community. As an Affirmative Action/Equal Employment Opportunity employer, UConn encourages applications from women, veterans, people with disabilities and members of traditionally underrepresented populations.

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