The Lakkaraju laboratory at the University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is recruiting a highly motivated and creative scientist to join our group as a postdoctoral associate to investigate how intracellular complement activation drives early pathology in age-related macular degeneration. The candidate will join an exciting and collaborative research environment that offers exceptional training in high-speed and super-resolution imaging, retinal cell biology, retinal degenerations, and drug discovery.
The Lab: Our research focuses on identifying early mechanisms that lead to irreversible blindness in age-related macular degeneration. We use cutting edge live-cell imaging and mouse models of disease to study complement activation, autophagy, mitochondrial dynamics and organelle function in the retinal pigment epithelium, the initial site of injury in many retinal diseases including macular degeneration. We correlate our observations with studies on human donor tissue to identify novel therapeutic targets that can prevent vision loss. The lab is supported by grants from the NIH and private foundations.
The University: UCSF has a vibrant and outstanding research environment with a diverse neuroscience and cell biology community. The Department of Ophthalmology and UCSF are deeply committed to career development for postdoctoral fellows. The Department has a postdoctoral training program focused on mentoring, networking, and recognition. UC postdoc stipends are two scales above the NIH/NRSA scales, with an additional housing allowance provided. UCSF provides quality on-campus housing and related services to postdocs.
Qualifications: A Ph.D. in neuroscience, cell biology, biochemistry or a related field, less than 2 years of post-PhD experience, a solid publication record, excellent written and verbal communication skills, strong organizational skills, and the ability to work independently and within a team. Experience in mouse models, molecular biology, live imaging or electron microscopy.
Responsibilities: Design and conduct experiments, analyze data, present research at national and international meetings, write grants and manuscripts, mentor graduate and undergraduate students in the lab.
Please send CV, a statement of research experience and career goals, and full contact information for three letters of reference.
Internal Number: AL_SFN_2018
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