Woll Postdoctoral Fellow (Pharm Sci)

Northeast Ohio
October 11 2019
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type


This position is for the Alan and Janice Woll Postdoctoral Fellowship in Neurodegenerative Disease. This fellowship was established through the generous donation of Alan and Janice Woll with the intention of sponsoring an outstanding scholar who will help push the boundaries of research in Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s diseases towards effective treatments. This position is a full-time appointment within the Department of Pharmaceutical Sciences and will report to co-principal investigators who lead collaborative projects in this area. Responsibilities include designing, conducting and analyzing scientific experiments in the field of age-related neurodegenerative disease; presenting research results in oral and written formats; developing and maintaining knowledge of the current scientific literature. Operates highly independently. May supervise graduate students, professional student externs, and staff employees. This fellowship will last 1 year with the possibility for renewal on a yearly basis.

Principal Functional Responsibilities

1. Devise new protocols and techniques for research projects and have a willingness to learn new methods and approaches of problem-solving.
2. Prepare reports and present research findings at national and international meetings.
3. Consults with faculty on projects and provides guidance to students, instructs and trains students and research staff in established techniques and procedures.
4. Oversees the maintenance of laboratory, equipment and supplies, as well as safety & animal regulations.
5) Perform other duties as assigned


Education/Degrees: Ph.D., or expected Ph.D. by time of appointment, in neuroscience, biological sciences, psychology, or related fields.

Experience: Research experience obtained via doctorate studies that include working with rodent models of neurological disease and experience using a spectrum of laboratory techniques that encompass behavioral and molecular approaches.

Key Skills, Personal Characteristics, and Key Competencies

Key Skills, Knowledge and Personal Characteristics:

• Conceptual understanding of research issues.
• Technical expertise in performing experiments.
• Willingness and ability to work with laboratory rodents in conducting behavioral experiments
• Ability to independently produce, analyze and present scientific data.
• Good written and oral communication skills.
• Ability to write and publish independently.
• Ability to communicate written or verbally with both non-scientific as well as scientific audiences
• Ability and desire to develop grantsmanship in the preparation of competitive funding proposals.
• Builds and maintains positive working relationships, within individual work groups and across departments, through open communication and collaboration; works with others to accomplish goals and objectives.
• Provides high-quality customer service in all relationships with colleagues (inside and outside his/her department, students, NEOMED guests, and leaders; views all interactions as a potential customer service opportunity.
• Self‐motivated, highly organized applicants with independent working abilities, interpersonal communication and writing skills.
• Continual development of professional skills.

Key Competencies:

• Communication (ALL): Builds and maintains open, transparent and effective lines of communication, within and outside the University, to better serve team members and customers; appropriately tailors written and verbal messages to target audiences.
• Teamwork (non-managers): Builds and maintains positive working relationships, within individual work groups and across departments, through open communication and collaboration; works with others to accomplish goals and objectives.

Preferred Qualifications

Must have experience in or be willing to learn how to perform: rodent behavioral studies including exercise, motor and cognitive testing, general handling and working with rodents (mice and rats) including but not limited to mouse breeding, genotyping, anesthesia, injections, and tissue collection for histology. Must have experience or be willing to learn techniques for neural tissue dissection, protein purification and detection, Western blotting, ELISA, qPCR, immunohistochemistry, microscopy, and other duties assigned for individual projects.

Physical Requirements

Must be able to utilize applicable equipment necessary for the job, as well as basic office equipment. While performing the duties of the job, the employee is frequently required to stand, walk, reach, stoop, kneel, sit; talk; and hear. Must be able to lift and/or move up to 50 pounds.