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Post Doctoral Associate - Miami Project

University of Miami - Miami Project to Cure Paralysis
Miami, Florida
Closing date
Mar 26, 2022

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Life Sciences, Neuroscience
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Transforming Lives

The University of Miami is among the top research universities and academic medical centers in the nation, and one of the largest private employers in South Florida.

With more than 16,000 faculty and staff, the University strives for excellence, and is driven by a powerful mission to transform and impact the lives of its students, patients, members of the community, and people across the globe.

The University is committed to fostering a culture of belonging, where everyone feels valued and has the opportunity to add value. Through values of Diversity, Integrity, Responsibility, Excellence, Compassion, Creativity, and Teamwork (DIRECCT) the U community works together to create an environment driven by purpose, excellence, community, and service.

The Miami Project is currently seeking a Post Doctoral Associate. The Post Doctoral Associate performs scientific research and studies under the supervision of managing staff. Moreover, the Post Doctoral Associate promotes institutional recognition through literal contributions to the scientific community.


  1. Conducts research on specific areas of study as assigned.
  2. Prepares research reports and technical papers for publishing.
  3. Investigates the feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and theories.
  4. Maintains substantial knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theories.
  5. Develops advanced analytical models and systems and provides solutions and analyses to support strategic and tactical decisions.
  6. Adheres to University and unit-level policies and procedures and safeguards University assets.

Department Specific Functions - Job Summary (Purpose and Function)

The Post-Doctoral Fellow will be a critical member of a major scientific effort for a new NIH funded project. The work involves both in vitro assays and in vivo experiments that will support the development of novel therapeutics for spinal cord injury and other CNS disorders.

Accountabilities (For Non-exempt Employees Include Percent of Effort)

  1. Conduct high content assays to screen small molecules for their ability to promote axon growth
  2. Do in vivo experiments using spinal cord injury models to test the efficacy of novel compounds, cDNAs or shRNAs.
  3. Do routine molecular biology (cloning, PCR, RT-PCR, prepare viral vectors) to support the in vitro and in vivo experiments
  4. Perform immunochemical staining of tissue sections, and both florescent and confocal microscopy.
  5. Maintain laboratory areas; order lab supplies, participate in weekly lab meetings, including presenting results and methods to group members; plan weekly work schedules.  Keep detailed laboratory notebooks and maintain documents relating to standard-operating procedures and vectors.  Prepare first drafts of manuscripts.
  6. Occasionally will assist in training Post Docs, graduate students, undergraduates, and scholars.
  7. Other duties as assigned: “Job descriptions are not intended, and should not be construed to be exhaustive lists of all responsibilities, skills, efforts or working conditions associated with a job.  Management reserves the right to revise duties as needed.”

Supervision Received

Reports to the principal investigator.

Supervision Exercised


Minimum Qualifications (Essential Requirements)



No prior experience required


The University of Miami offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, tuition remission and more.

UHealth-University of Miami Health System, South Florida's only university-based health system, provides leading-edge patient care powered by the ground breaking research and medical education at the Miller School of Medicine. As an academic medical center, we are proud to serve South Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean. Our physicians represent more than 100 specialties and sub-specialties, and have more than one million patient encounters each year. Our tradition of excellence has earned worldwide recognition for outstanding teaching, research and patient care. We're the challenge you've been looking for.

Patient safety is a top priority. As a result, during the Influenza ("the flu") season (September through April), the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine requires all employees who provide ongoing services to patients, work in a location (all Hospitals and clinics) where patient care is provided, or work in patient care or clinical care areas, to have an annual influenza vaccination. Failure to meet this requirement will result in rescinding or termination of employment.

The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants and employees are protected from discrimination based on certain categories protected by Federal law. Click here for additional information.

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