Postdoctoral Fellow Positions
Postdoctoral Position Available in Bone and Stem Cell Research
Posted: March 29, 2023
A postdoctoral position is available in a NIH funded laboratory with interest in elucidating pathogenic mechanisms of rare genetic bone disorders by multiple molecular and functional analyses in mouse models as well as patient-specific induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs).
Candidates must have PhD, MD/PhD, DMD/PhD, DDS/PhD, and must be highly motivated.
The successful applicant will have strong background in BONE RESEARCH with technical expertise in molecular biology, cell biology, stem cell biology and signal transduction.
Our newly renovated laboratory is embedded in the Center for Regenerative Medicine and Skeletal Development at University of Connecticut Health within a vibrant research environment. We study molecular mechanisms of disease-related mutations with a current focus on osteoclast, osteoblast, and osteocyte biology. We further test findings from mouse models in patient-specific iPS cell culture systems.
Candidates must be innovative, enthusiastic and have a solid background in at least one of the identified areas (bone biology, molecular biology, cell biology, stem cell biology or signal transduction) and must be motivated and capable to engage in other areas of expertise as required by the project. The dynamics of this research project requires the ability for multitasking, to work independently as well as collaboratively with other lab members and external collaborators. The candidate should be proficient in basic molecular biology techniques, including qPCR, histology, immunocytochemistry, immunohistochemistry, immunoblots, immunoprecipitation, sequencing, cloning, cell cultures and basic statistics etc.
Please send CV, statement of research interests and research accomplishments, and contact information for 3 references to:
I-Ping Chen, D.D.S, Ph.D.
University of Connecticut Health (UConn Health)
Department of Oral Health and Diagnostic Sciences
263 Farmington Avenue
Farmington, CT 06030-3705
Post‐Doctoral Fellow in Bioinformatics, Inflammation and Liver Disease
Posted: March 8, 2023
The University of Connecticut School of Medicine is recruiting a full‐time Post‐Doctoral Fellow in the Laboratory of Bioinformatics, Inflammation and Liver Disease. We are seeking enthusiastic and highly motivated applicants holding or about to obtain a Ph.D. degree. Research in the lab focuses on understanding the role of the immune system in liver diseases, such as alcohol-associated liver disease (ALD) and non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). We primarily use next-gen sequencing technologies and bioinformatic analyses to understand how gene expression impacts inflammation and cellular diversity in the immune system. Our research includes the use of cell lines, mouse models, and tissues isolated from patients. The postdoctoral fellow will work independently but in close collaboration with the principal investigator and other members of the lab.
Applicants should have expertise in one or more of the following areas with a desire to learn and develop skills in the others: molecular biology, immunology, isolation and culturing of primary cells, mouse models, and bioinformatics.
Minimum qualifications include a strong desire for independent research, collaboration, and curiosity. Prospective candidates will have the opportunity to submit publications and apply for fellowship opportunities. In addition, UConn Health offers an extraordinarily stimulating and nourishing academic environment with rich resources to facilitate career development for young scientists. Successful candidates will be responsible for study design, execution, and data analysis.
Doctorate (MD, PhD, VMD, DMD)
Ability to problem-solve and think critically.
Ability to work both independently and in a collaborative team environment.
Excellent written and oral communication skills;
Knowledge and/or interest in liver disease, gene regulation, molecular biology, immunology and bioinformatics is preferred but not required;
Who we are:
The Laboratory of Bioinformatics, Inflammation, and Liver Disease focuses on two intertwined goals: understanding the role of inflammation and immune cells in liver disease and the application of molecular and bioinformatic tools in new and creative ways.
The innate immune system detects foreign particles via pattern recognition receptors (PRRs) that sense pathogen-associated molecular patterns (PAMPs) as well as host-derived damage-associated molecular patterns (DAMPs). Alcohol consumption sensitizes the innate immune system to PAMPs and DAMPs. For example, lipopolysaccharides (LPS), a component of gram-negative bacteria, upregulates inflammatory signals through TLR4 in myeloid-derived cells (monocytes and dendritic cells). We discovered that LPS upregulates an understudied family of PRRs called the C-type Lectin Receptors (CLRS). CLRs are a family of plasma membrane PRRs that sense bacteria, fungi, viruses, and DAMPs. Activation of CLRs elicits a robust NFκB- and inflammasome-mediated immune response and triggers inflammation. We hypothesize that increases in LPS, caused by gut-barrier dysfunction, activates a secondary, CLR-mediated immune surveillance pathway in myeloid cells to monitor additional microbes that enter the bloodstream and modulate inflammatory signaling.
UConn Health is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.
Please send your cover letter, CV, and names of three references to Dr. Adam Kim
Postdoctoral Fellow in Infectious Disease Modeling to Inform Public Health Policy
Posted: January 5, 2023
The University of Connecticut School of Medicine is recruiting a full‐time Post‐Doctoral Fellow. The person filling this position will be working at the intersection of disease dynamics, empiric epidemiological/clinical data, and public health policy in Korea, the US and globally, with a focus on providing strategic guidance for the control and elimination COVID-19, HIV and tuberculosis (TB). The focus of the fellowship is on applying rigorous mathematical models and epidemiologic/statistical methods to inform public health decision-making.
The choice of projects can be tailored to fellow’s interest and expertise. Potential projects include:
1. Models incorporating COVID-19 disease dynamics along with non-public health parameters (economic/education performance) to guide policy decision-making (e.g. applying disease transmission modeling and advanced statistical modeling with national surveillance or health insurance claim data in South Korea)
2. Models for integrated service delivery for HIV/TB and non-communicable diseases (NCD) in global high-burden and resource-limited settings (e.g. applying agent-based modeling and systems dynamic modeling)
3. Models to guide decision making at local, national and global levels (e.g. Balancing considerations of cost, implementation, and epidemiological impact and cost effectiveness)
1. A recent PhD (or MD) degree in a relevant discipline (expected graduation by May 2023 is acceptable)
2. Strong quantitative and analytical skills, ideally with demonstrated ability to lead modeling research
3. Experience in at least one of the following areas: (i) epidemiology; (ii) disease modeling; (iii) health economics
4. Proficiency in one more programming language (e.g., R, Python, or other scientific languages)
5. Ability to work independently, with strong communication and writing skills
6. Experience in data analysis and visualization, development and simulation of mechanistic models, cost-effectiveness analysis, and/or Bayesian statistical inference
Submit the following to Dr. Youngji Jo, Assistant Professor of Public Health Sciences (link)
1. Cover letter describing research interests, career goals, prior experience
2. Curriculum Vitae
3. Contact information of 3 references (to be contacted only after first discussing with the applicant)
Applications will be considered on a rolling basis until all available positions are filled, but preference will be given to applications received by February 28, 2023. The preferred start date is between May 1 and August 1, 2023. This is a full‐time (12‐month) position. The position can last for up to 2-3 years with possible renewal subject to performance and funding availability. Preference will be given for someone who can commit to at least 2 years.
About UConn School of Medicine: The position will be located within the school’s Department of Public Health Sciences. Department faculty maintain vibrant extramural research and service programs that reflect extensive associations with national, state and regional health agencies. The UConn School of Medicine is part of the University of Connecticut Health Center, a vibrant integrated academic medical center. The Health Center’s 206‐acre campus is located in the historic community of Farmington about 8 miles west of Hartford. The location allows for convenient travel via train or car to other major cities in the Northeast.
Equal Opportunity Employer: UConn Health is an affirmative action employer, in addition to an EEO and M/F/V/PWD/PV employer.
Full-time Postdoctoral Clinical Training Position in Psychiatry
Posted: September 22, 2022
The Department of Psychiatry at the University of Connecticut (UCONN) School of Medicine invites applications for a full-time postdoctoral position in the Center for the Treatment of Developmental Trauma Disorders (CTDTD, a National Child Traumatic Stress Network Treatment and Services Adaptation Center) with Drs. Julian Ford, (PI), Rocio Chang (Co-Director) and lead faculty Drs. Damion Grasso and Carolyn Greene in Farmington, Connecticut.
The CTDTD is launching a second five-year program of the acclaimed clinical training film and webinar series Identifying Critical Moments and Healing Complex Trauma,(https://vimeo.com/415148968/4e37de816b – https://learn.nctsn.org/course/index.php?categoryid=78). The series provides clinicians, counselors, and other helpers with insights on recognizing and dealing with the most difficult crises and turning points that occur in therapy with traumatized children and families. Each webinar features a scene where the youth and caregiver are actors playing fictional characters, but the therapists are real. Viewers see how therapists handle critical turning points during the therapy session to help youth and families safely heal from the severe emotional and interpersonal problems that occur in the aftermath of complex trauma: Developmental Trauma Disorder. The Center directors and faculty also are conducting clinical research on complex/developmental trauma and its psychosocial and neurophysiological sequelae for children, adolescents, and parent-child relationships.
The ideal candidate will have a doctoral degree in a mental health or social work field, strong clinical practice and research, teaching, writing skills. Interest in T3 translational research and implementation science is also important. The successful candidate will engage in multiple program development, management, evaluation, and research activities that are important for a future academic career. These activities include: program evaluation and quality improvement, curriculum development, conducting systematic reviews, analyzing data, preparing manuscripts, and mentoring undergraduate and graduate student interns. The position is funded for up to 5 years. Start time may be negotiated. Candidates who have completed all of their requirements for their doctorate but the degree has not yet been conferred, will be considered. The salary will reflect the current NIH schedule.
The UCONN Department of Psychiatry is home to more than 45 clinical and research faculty, many who are engaged in cutting edge clinical and basic research. As the only university-based psychiatry department and training program in central Connecticut, the department remains dedicated to the fundamental elements required of a contemporary academic department of psychiatry. The Department of Psychiatry houses a sizeable Center in Alcohol and Addictions Research, which is integrated within the Psychiatry Department providing opportunities for collaboration and consultation with experts in genetics, neuroscience, longitudinal modeling, and biostatistics. With the newly implemented Bioscience Connecticut initiative, the Department of Psychiatry space has recently been renovated and expanded to include modernized offices, meeting space, clinical space, and laboratory facilities, including Dr. Grasso and Briggs-Gowan’s laboratory in West Hartford. There are ample opportunities for collaboration and additional training.
To apply for this position, please contact Dr. Julian Ford. Please send: (1) a letter of interest describing research accomplishments, skills, and future research plans, (2) full curriculum vitae, (3) names and contact information of 2-3 individuals who will provide letters of recommendation if asked. Review of applications will being immediately and continue until the position is filled.
ALCOHOL RESEARCH POSTDOCTORAL TRAINING OPPORTUNITIES
Posted: September 20, 2022
An institutional (T32) National Research Service award has supported our postdoctoral training program for the past 40 years. This long history of NIH/NIAAA support is testimony to the numerous strengths of our program. Trainees complete a combination of mentored research activities, seminar participation, and have other educational opportunities. Trainees’ experience is tailored to their needs.
For mentored research, each trainee works with a primary mentor and a secondary mentor, and other program faculty, based on similar research interests. Program mentors have expertise across a range of domains. Some examples include: contingency management (motivational incentives) interventions, social network interventions, daily process studies, and basic science investigations focusing on microbiome research. Our program emphasizes the first author publication by trainees, the availability of multiple large datasets that can be accessed for secondary analyses, and grant writing training. In addition to working with mentors, each fellow establishes relationships with at least one external advisor, to extend the fellow’s training experiences beyond the local research community and stimulate networking and career development opportunities.
Various formal didactic opportunities are also available, including statistics and data analysis workshops, a collaborative lecture series across NIAAA T32s, as well as participating clinical and academic departments and the on-campus Jackson Laboratory for Genomic Medicine research facility here at UConn School of Medicine.
Appointment: 1-3 years.
Requirement: U.S. citizen or permanent resident; UConn is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer.
Benefits: NRSA-specified stipend, health insurance, workshop tuition, childcare stipend supplement.
For more information, please contact: Dr. Sheila Alessi
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