Post-doctoral fellowship

Iowa City
according to NIH pay scale
July 31 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

The Grumbach laboratory is looking for a motivated and talented postdoctoral fellow. We study cellular signaling pathways that affect vascular wall physiology and disease. In particular, we are interested in signaling regulators that integrate increased Calcium- and reactive oxygen species-dependent signaling. Some of our work focuses on the role of the multifunctional Ca2+/calmodulin dependent protein kinase II (CaMKII) in smooth muscle and endothelial function. The laboratory work ranges from elucidating signaling pathways controlled by CaMKII to systems physiology using genetically modified mice. We are part of the state-of-the-art Pappajohn Discovery Institute, the Fraternal Order of Eagles Diabetes Research Center and the Abboud Cardiovascular Research Center at the University of Iowa.

We are looking for a motivated young scientist who is interested in studying mitochondrial function in vascular disease. In particular, we are focusing on the regulation of Ca2+ uptake by mitochondria and mitochondrial dysfunction in type 2 diabetes with implications in vascular disease. We use an array of in vivo and in vitro models to interrogate disease-relevant hypotheses. The successful candidate will have access to in vitro, ex vivo, and in vivo research models, as well as various research techniques and advanced equipment.  The successful candidate is expected to qualify for training grants and postdoctoral fellowships.



We welcome talented and committed candidates with a recent PhD with a strong background in either vascular pharmacology/physiology or molecular biology and genetic models of vascular diseases. There will be ample opportunity to acquire new skills during the fellowship. Experience in vivo models of vascular diseases, molecular cloning, micro-dissection, cell culture, Ca2+ imaging, histology/immunohistochemistry is desirable. A MD with research experience and strong commitment to scientific endeavor will also be considered for the position.


Main Duties & Responsibilities:

  • Working as a leader as well as part of one or more project teams, and remain proficient in designing, managing and performing experiments.
  • Collecting and analysing data, and deliver experimental research reports when necessary with guidance from the PIs for collaborative research projects
  • With guidance from the PI to produce scientific manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals, and to present research data in house and in scientific conferences.
  • Writing as well as assisting in the preparation of applications for external grants for research and fellowships.
  • Assist in general lab organization and maintenance, supply ordering and liaising with infrastructure departments.

Applicants must be passionate about conducting scientific research, demonstrate ethics and integrity, and can work both independently and as an effective member of a research team.

The University of Iowa Hospitals and Clinics is a beautiful, state-of-the-art 900 bed tertiary care center located in the beautiful “Big 10” community of Iowa City, Iowa.  Enjoy all of the cultural offerings of a major university community, the excitement of “Hawkeye” athletics, low crime, an outstanding public school system, and excellent housing opportunities, many only 10 minutes from the medical center.  Come and work with some of America’s best physicians in our nationally top-ranked programs.

The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity I affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.


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