Postdoctoral Research Associate

Madison, Wisconsin, USA
NIH standard based on experience
March 08 2018
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Position Summary:

The successful candidate will conduct research on the basic biology of mammalian aging as part of the Anderson laboratory. The overall goal of the work is to determine at the molecular level how aging increases disease vulnerability and what mechanisms are engaged by caloric restriction to delay aging. The laboratory uses cell culture, mouse, and nonhuman primate models. A primary focus is on the impact of aging on metabolism and the consequence in terms of disease vulnerability. The successful candidate will contribute to ongoing studies in the lab will including investigations related to metabolism and aging, will assist in manuscript preparation and grant writing, and will act as a mentor for junior personnel. The candidate is also expected to explore new avenues and seek independent funding as part of their own career development.

Degree and area of specialization:

A Ph.D. in biochemistry, molecular and/or cellular biology or a closely related field is required.

Minimum number of years and type of relevant work experience:

Significant experience in cell and molecular biology is absolutely required, including cell culture of immortalized and primary lines, transfection, generation of stable lines, and cellular differentiation. Strong background in cellular & molecular biology techniques (IP, IF, ChIP, mutagenesis, cloning etc.) expected. Experience handling molecular profiling data (transcriptome, proteome, etc.) sets will be viewed highly favorably. The candidate must have a proven academic publication track record, including first-author publications. Previous experience instructing and/or mentoring undergraduate and graduate students is a plus.

Principal duties:

85% - Execution of research experiments in accordance with the goals of the Metabolism of Aging Program. Compile and analyze experimental results. Prepare illustrations and data elements and contribute text and background research for manuscripts, assist with publication in scholarly journals.  Develop new avenues of research both as part of the Anderson research program and in anticipation of transition to independent career. Provide mentoring to graduate/undergraduate students and instruction in laboratory techniques. Participation at research meetings and academic conferences will also be expected, including oral and poster presentations.

10% - Work both individually and collaboratively with principal investigator, collaborators, and other lab members to pursue shared and independent funding opportunities. Prepare content for grant applications.

5% - Ensure compliance with laboratory rules and safety.


Please send a CV, a statement of research interest, and contact information for three individuals that are willing to provide a letter of recommendation. Materials can be sent via email to:

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