Postdoctoral Research Scholar

Iowa City, Iowa
$47,484 to commensurate
September 12 2017
Health Sciences
Position Type
Full Time
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Postdoctoral Research Scholar

A postdoctoral position is immediately available in the Tootle Lab at the University of Iowa, Carver College of Medicine. The position entails ~80% research and ~20% teaching. The teaching experience will entail designing an online development/human embryology course for both master’s and Ph.D. candidates, and a journal club on related material for only the Ph.D. students. Mentorship in curriculum design and instruction will be provided by Dr. Darren Hoffmann, a recipient of numerous teaching awards. Research will be performed in the Tootle lab, which focuses on prostaglandin regulation of actin – both within the cytoskeleton and in the nucleus. The primary model used is Drosophila oogenesis. The enzymes that make prostaglandins are the targets of non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), such as aspirin and ibuprofen. Prostaglandins are lipid signals that play critical roles in human health and disease, including pain/inflammation, reproduction, heart health and disease, and cancer. Importantly, actin is also implicated in these processes. Therefore, the mechanisms by which prostaglandins regulate actin – both in the cytoplasm and in the nucleus – are likely conserved from flies to humans.

For more information on the Tootle lab, please see: The Tootle Lab is located within the Anatomy and Cell Biology Department (

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Requirements: PhD in biological sciences and less than 3 years postdoctoral experience. Technical experience in one or more of the following areas preferred: molecular biology, basic protein biochemistry, genetics, and microscopy.  Excellent interpersonal and communication skills are required.

To apply for this position visit our website at; requisition #2855. Applications should include: CV, List of three references, Graduate transcript (unofficial is fine), and a cover letter.

The University of Iowa is an Equal Opportunity/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.  Applicants’ credentials are subject to verification.