A full-time postdoctoral fellow position is immediately available in the laboratory of Dr. Yajie Liang at the University of Maryland School of Medicine, Center for Stem Cell Biology & Regenerative Medicine and Department of Diagnostic Radiology and Nuclear Medicine, for ongoing laboratory research on neural stem cell labeling, transplantation, and 2-photon Imaging in the mouse model of ischemic stroke. A major focus of the laboratory is to apply the long-term intravital single-cell tracking (LIST) under 2-photon microscopy to study the dynamics of grafted neural stem cells (human iPSC-derived neural progenitors) and interactions with host environment through genetically encoded probes. We will employ multi-disciplinary approaches including molecular biology, cell culture, morphological and functional 2P imaging and high-field MRI in live animals to study donor-host interactions and seek measures to improve the survival, migration and integration of transplanted stem cells. We expect the fellow to be highly motivated, independent and innovative. The applicant can expect to receive career mentoring from faculty of the Program of Image Guided Neurointerventions (PIGN) in developing a research program, writing research proposals, and to participate in career development activities. This position provides outstanding opportunities for continued scientific development and for contributing to pioneering research with high translational impact. The scientific environment at University of Maryland, Baltimore and surrounding institutions such as Johns Hopkins University, University of Maryland School of Engineering at college park offers ample opportunity for productive collaborations. More information about the PI could be found here: https://www.medschool.umaryland.edu/profiles/Liang-Yajie-Kevin/
(i). Education and lab experience: applicants are required to have a Ph.D. and/or M.D. and prior wet lab experience in techniques of cell culture and molecular biology. Prior experience with mouse disease models, neurobiology, tissue immunohistochemistry, primary neuron or stem cell culture are highly valued. 2-photon imaging experience is not required but preferred. (ii). Writing: The candidate should also exhibit excellent English written and oral communication skills and will be expected to publish in peer-refereed journals, present results at national/international scientific conferences, apply for external funding opportunities, and participate in the preparation of grant applications by the team. (iii). Motivation, communication and integrity. The candidate should be evidently self-driven, demonstrate independent research productivity, possess excellent interpersonal skills and high caliber professional conduct, and be able to interface with clinicians, research associates, students, and faculty. Salary will be commensurate with experience.
How to apply:
If interested, please send an email to Dr. Yajie Liang(Yajie.firstname.lastname@example.org) with the subject line “Postdoc – 2-photon imaging Cell Transplantation”. We prefer that the application package be submitted as a single pdf document, containing: 1) a cover letter/statement of interest; 2) a full CV; 3) name and contacts details of 3 references; 4) list of laboratory methods mastered.
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