Postdoctoral Research Fellow

Charleston, South Carolina (US)
Starting salary is $50,004 per year + benefits
August 02 2019
Islet Biology, Diabetes and Chronic Pancreatitis
Position Type
Full Time
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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Islet Biology, Diabetes and Chronic Pancreatitis


A Postdoctoral Research Fellow position is available in the Department of Surgery at the Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC). The selected candidate will use state-of-the art technology to study cellular therapy in the treatment of Type 1 Diabetes and Chronic Pancreatitis with or without islet transplantation. Ongoing projects in the Wang lab are focused on mechanisms to improve islet graft survival and function after transplantation, using techniques such as islet encapsulation, treatment with alpha-1 antitrypsin (AAT), etc. The candidate will also study the mechanisms of the protective effects of engineered mesenchymal stem cells (MSCs) in these disease models.

Candidates will receive advanced training from the investigator to enhance their professional skills. Duties include, but are not limited to, assisting in design and conducting research within the research fields, developing new ideas that promote current research, contributing to scientific literature search, research proposal and grant applications, and to prepare and publish scientific manuscripts. Fellows will be heavily involved in the ongoing clinical trials using AAT or MSC therapy in patients with type 1 diabetes or chronic pancreatitis.


A doctoral degree or equivalent (Ph.D. or M.D.) in appropriate fields. Ability to work with mice is a must. Experience with basic molecular biology techniques (i.e., cell culture, protein and RNA analysis, animal handling/surgical techniques, etc), immunology, and neuroscience are preferred. Good scientific writing ability, strong oral communication skills and the ability to work effectively and collegially with colleagues is preferred.

Founded in 1824, The Medical University of South Carolina (MUSC) continues the tradition of excellence in education, research and patient care. MUSC educates and trains more than 3,000 students and 700 residents in six colleges and has nearly 13,000 employees, including approximately 1,500 faculty members. As the state’s only academic health science center and largest non-federal employer in Charleston, the university and its affiliates have collective annual budgets in excess of $2.4 billion, with an annual economic impact of nearly $4 billion and annual research funding in excess of $250 million. MUSC operates a 700-bed medical center, which includes a nationally recognized children's hospital, the NCI-designated Hollings Cancer Center, a Level I trauma center, Institute of Psychiatry, more than 100 outreach locations across the state, and South Carolina’s only transplant center.

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