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Research Assistant Professor in Molecular Pathology of Cerebral Small Vessel Diseases

University of Nevada, Reno - Basic Sciences
Reno, Nevada
Range $71,292 - $165,994 per year + benefits
Closing date
Nov 17, 2023

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Life Sciences, Genetics, Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Health Sciences, Medicine, Pathology
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Job Description

Research Assistant Professor in Molecular Pathology of Cerebral Small Vessel Diseases, Vascular Contributions to Cognitive Impairment and Dementia, and Alzheimer's Disease.


The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine, laboratory of Dr. Scott Earley is seeking a highly motivated individual for a Research Assistant Professorship funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH). This position is a non-tenure track position.


The successful candidate will contribute to ongoing studies focused on understanding the molecular basis of cerebral small vessel diseases (cSVDs), Vascular Contributions to Cognitive Impairment and Dementia (VCID), and cerebral vascular dysfunction associated with Alzheimer's disease (AD). VCID is the second leading cause of dementia after Alzheimer's disease, accounting for approximately 15-30% of all dementia cases. cSVDs are a group of pathologies affecting the brain's microcirculation, responsible for up to 20% of all strokes and serving as the primary underlying pathology of VCID. Furthermore, the majority of AD patients exhibit brain vascular pathology consistent with cSVDs and VCID. However, the vascular mechanisms underlying cSVDs and AD remain incompletely understood, creating a significant obstacle in developing effective prevention and treatment strategies. Our laboratory aims to address this critical knowledge gap.


The successful candidate will join a team of experts and contribute to the development and characterization of multiple novel genetic models of cSVDs and VCID, utilizing unique genetic resources and a range of advanced techniques. These techniques include vascular pressure myography, patch-clamp electrophysiology, high-resolution Ca2+ imaging, superresolution microscopy, specialized magnetic resonance imaging modalities, and learning and memory behavior assays. The ultimate objective is to create genetic models that faithfully replicate key features of human cSVDs and VCID and use these model to investigate novel therapies.


Successful candidates will be responsible for conducting experiments, collecting and analyzing data, managing projects, training and supervising undergraduate and graduate students, publishing papers, and assisting with grant preparation and submission.


We are dedicated to the career development of our team members. Individuals who join our group will receive extensive mentoring, have opportunities to acquire new skills, and will be encouraged to pursue independent grant applications.


Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D

  • 4-5 years of postdoctoral training

  • Relevant laboratory experience

  • Track record of multiple first-author publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals

  • Prior experience with transgenic mouse models

  • Genuine passion for research


Preferred Qualifications

  • Proficiency in patch-clamp electrophysiology, Ca2+ imaging, multiphoton, lattice lightsheet, and/or superresolution microscopy, vascular pressure myography, laser Doppler flowmetry, single-cell genomics, small animal surgery, and behavioral assays.


Compensation Grade

Research Assistant Professor, 12 month

To view the salary schedule for this position, please visit: Salary Schedules


Remarkable Retirement

Our retirement plan is beyond compare. Your 17.50% contribution is generously matched by the University.   With the faculty retirement plan, you are 100% vested your first day. Sit back and watch your retirement dollars grow!  All permanent employees on an annual "A" or "B" contract who are employed at least 50% full-time are eligible to participate in the NSHE retirement program unless they are members of PERS of Nevada. 


Perks of Working at UNR (no annual for 9-month AC staff)

  • Health insurance options including dental and vision - Health Insurance

  • Generous annual and sick leave and life insurance – Faculty Benefits

  • E. L. Wiegand Fitness Center offers an annual or semester membership and family membership options.  E.L. Wiegand Fitness Center

  • Mountain EAP supports employees (and eligible dependents) through life's difficult moments. Mountain EAP is located in Reno and specializes in counseling and advising services for personal or interpersonal issues.

  • Several Diversity Committees and Affinity Groups focusing on campus-wide diversity initiatives to ensure we are working to create a diverse and welcoming campus climate. Diversity Groups

  • Faculty Senate is the principal representing body for faculty. Its membership includes representatives from each academic and administrative major unit of the University. Faculty Senate

  • No state income tax!


Grants-in-aid for Faculty Employees

The University is proud to provide a reduced-rate tuition benefit to faculty and qualified dependents. Faculty can take up to six credits per semester at a reduced rate. Dependents of faculty have unlimited credits, but in order to be eligible children must be unmarried and under the age of 24 and must receive at least 50% of their financial support from the employee and/or employee’s spouse or domestic partner.  Faculty Grants-in-Aid


Department Contact

Wella Travagli 







Full-Time Equivalent




Required Attachment(s)

Attach the following four documents to your application

1) Resume/CV

2) Letters of Application (Cover letter)

3) Three professional references (include name, title, company/organization, email address, phone number)

4) One-page personal diversity statement: Fostering a diverse and inclusive environment is one of the core missions of UNR Med. We recognize that diversity promotes excellence in education, research, service, and health care.  As we train future providers to care for, and researchers to address the needs of, an increasingly diverse patient population, we value developing a leadership team and faculty body that reflect and honor the diversity of the world in which we live.  Through a school-wide process, UNR Med has selected specific mission-based diversity groups, including individuals who are underrepresented in medicine and those who identify as first generation, rural, or from low-income backgrounds.   When faculty bring a range of their personal and professional experiences to UNR Med, this diversity enriches the learning experiences of our students, expands the breadth and impact of research inquiries, and assists the members of our community in breaking down stereotypical thinking and personal biases and become more comfortable with the scope of human experiences beyond our own. Given the value UNR Med places on diversity, equity and inclusion, we ask that you submit a one-page personal diversity statement outlining your thoughts on each of the following:

  • Describe your beliefs in regard to how diversity can advance the missions of a medical school (please provide specific examples).

  • Explain your professional background and experiences in contributing toward a climate of diversity, equity and inclusion at a previous institution or organization (such as how you have come to understand the history of historically marginalized communities in the United States; how you have ensured inclusivity in your classroom or other teaching; programs you have developed in the area of diversity; mentoring of diverse students, faculty, and staff; how you have addressed diversity issues such as health care disparities in your research or teaching; service work that promotes diversity, equity and inclusion; and/or how you have promoted an environment where diversity is welcomed and fostered); and Delineate how your background and experiences would qualify you to advance UNR Med’s mission of diversity, equity and inclusion in the position for which you are applying (please include specific examples pertinent to your desired role).


Required UNR Med Recruitment Survey

Please complete the survey at the link below; this 1-2 minute survey will allow us to understand our current status and the effectiveness of our efforts in promoting diversity and inclusion at UNR Med. Survey data will not be accessible by the department for which you are applying or the recruitment team.​


This posting is open until filled

Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. This search will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made.


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