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February 2023 Postdoctoral Opportunities at UNMC:

Neurological Sciences: The Department of Neurological Sciences seeks a post-doctoral research associate that will work in the laboratory of Dr. Peng Zhong (principal investigator/PI) with the PI and his research team to plan, develop, implement, and conduct research projects at UNMC. Dr. Zhong's laboratory is interested in understanding the neural mechanisms underlying the bidirectional relationship between sleep and neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer's disease. Taking advantage of multiple state-of-the-art techniques (e.g., gene profiling, virus-mediated circuit tracing, calcium imaging/optrode recording, EEG/EMG recordings, patch clamp slice recording, optogenetic/chemogenetic manipulation, and gene manipulation), the PI's lab plan to interrogate the neural circuits controlling sleep/wake and studying the pathophysiology of sleep circuits in the generation of sleep disorders and Alzheimer's disease. Duties involve experimental design, data collection, data analyses, and preparation of scholarly products. Scholarly products will include peer-reviewed publications, conference abstracts, extramural grant applications and progress reports.


 College of Public Health Biostats: Department of Biostatistics and Water, Climate and Health (WCH) Program at University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) is seeking an outstanding candidate for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to focus on statistical methodology research on exposure-response modeling. The candidate is expected to work with Dr. Yeongjin Gwon and WCH program research team to (i) develop innovative statistical methods to better understand the public health challenges related to environmental issues including water and climate, and to create solutions to these challenges and (ii) contribute to the mission of WCH program in UNMC. The candidate will be provided opportunity in engaging in interdisciplinary research at UNMC campus.  Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications. 

 


Radiation Oncology: A postdoctoral research associate position is available in the lab of Dr. Chi Zhang in the Department of Radiation Oncology to conduct research in the area of molecular biology, cell biology, protein biochemistry, immunohistochemistry, and animal model studies to support the maintenance of existing research projects in brain tumors and, additionally, will contribute to both the optimization of current assays and the development of new technologies.


 Genetics Cell Biology & Anatomy: The Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy is seeking a Bioinformatics Postdoctoral Research Associate. Experience in analysis of high-throughput sequencing (e.g. RNA-seq, ChIP-seq, or ATAC-seq) is needed. Potential projects will investigate mechanistic principles of 3D genome organization and include the relationship between chromatin modifications, transcription factors, transcription, and various features of chromatin folding. Training on the analysis of sequencing-based approaches to study long-range chromatin interactions, Hi-C and HiChIP, will be provided.


Genetics Cell Biology & Anatomy: The Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy is recruiting a postdoctoral trainee to pursue exciting research areas in normal/malignant hematopoiesis, and fundamental problems in cellular regulation, including epigenetics. The laboratory is located in the Fred and Pamela Buffett Cancer Center at the University of Nebraska Medical Center, which provides a highly collaborative scholarly environment for conducting innovative basic and translational/clinical research.


Anesthesiology: A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available immediately in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska to work on multiple NIH grants to include the study of addiction and sex differences associated with drug relapse. The emphasis is on delineating the role of brain derived extracellular vesicles (BDEs) using preclinical addiction models and further characterizing their role in brain dysfunction. In addition, the successful candidate will also study these BDEs in regulating key mechanisms at the synapse using in vitro approaches. Several high throughput “omics” approaches will also be applied. The successful candidate will work in a small, but growing, lab of an early-career Principal Investigator and will receive significant mentoring in manuscript/grant writing including training junior trainees.


Anesthesiology: A NIH-funded Postdoctoral Research Associate position will be available on December 1st 2019, in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska. The successful applicant will participate in research focused upon sensory control of cardiovascular and autonomic regulation. Since the primary goal of this newly funded project is to study the interaction between the immune system and the autonomic nerve system in cardiovascular diseases, the applicant is expected to already possess a relatively strong background in immunology and molecular biology. Current projects in the lab include the function and electrophysiology of autonomic neurons and the role of cardiopulmonary and skeletal muscle sensory endings in the pathogenesis of heart failure and hypertension. The applicant will be trained to use cellular, molecular, in vivo and in vitro electrophysiological and integrative approaches to address questions related to this area of research. 


College of Public Health, Biostatistics 
Department of Biostatistics and Water, Climate and Health (WCH) Program at University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) is seeking an outstanding candidate for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to focus on statistical methodology research on exposure-response modeling. The candidate is expected to work with Dr. Yeongjin Gwon and WCH program research team to (i) develop innovative statistical methods to better understand the public health challenges related to environmental issues including water and climate, and to create solutions to these challenges and (ii) contribute to the mission of WCH program in UNMC. The candidate will be provided opportunity in engaging in interdisciplinary research at UNMC campus.  Salary is commensurate with experience and qualifications.

Int Med Nephrology

 The Division of Nephrology, University of Nebraska Medical Center (Omaha), seeks a postdoctoral research associate, with a degree in biochemistry, immunology, pharmacology, physiology, pathology, or related field and expertise in immunological responses in vertebrate animals. Required experience includes animal experiments and cell culture work and common cellular immunology and molecular biology techniques. Successful applicant’s work will include investigation of mechanisms of kidney injury in kidney transplantation models. Studies will include investigation of signaling pathways leading to nephrotoxic injury of common immuno-suppressants, and studying the immunological and non-immunological mechanisms of late graft failure.  Work will include collection, analysis, and interpretation of data, presentation at professional meetings, manuscript preparation, and grant writing. The successful candidate will have first-author publications in peer-reviewed journals and the ability to write research papers, with goal of multiple grant submissions in the first year. The successful candidate must possess strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Working knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and image and statistical analysis software is required. 


Neurological Sciences

The Department of Neurological Sciences at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) seeks a post-doctoral research associate that will work in thelaboratory of Dr. David E. Warren (principal investigator/PI) with the PI and his research team to plan, develop, implement, and conduct research projects at UNMC. This includes ongoing NIH-funded research in developmental, aging, and neurological populations including healthy children, healthy older adults, and patients on the Alzheimer’s disease continuum. The PI’s lab uses cognitive neuroscience techniques including cognitive assessment, neuropsychology, psychophysical testing, eye-movement monitoring, structural and functional magnetic resonanceimaging, transcranial magnetic stimulation, and genomic assays. Duties involve research study design, participant recruitment, data collection, data analyses, and preparation of scholarly products. Scholarly products will include peer-reviewed publications, conference abstracts, extramural grant applications, progress reports, intramural institutional review board protocols, and other compliance reports as directed. Finally, the post-doc will also work as directed with collaborators at UNMC and other institutions. Postdoctoral research associate will be expected to have strong scientific writing skills and excellent communication skills, good early track record of submitted or published peer-reviewed articles, exceptional organizational skills, ability to work as a team member, ability to advise and supervise more junior laboratory personnel, familiarity with standard office productivity software (e.g., MS Office), and ability to operate standard office equipment (copy machine, fax machine, multi-line phone).


 Eppley Inst Research

Improving the survival of PDAC patients requires a detailed understanding of underlying molecular signatures that impact disease progression and treatment response.  Recent work published by our group identifies 4 distinct subtypes of PDAC through proteomic analysis of clinical samples with longitudinal  clinical metadata.  We are looking for a talented and motivated Post Doc to identify and validate molecular drivers of pancreatic cancer subtype differentiation using multiomics and molecular biology techniques.


Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences

 A Postdoctoral Research Associate is available in the lab of Professor Iqbal Ahmad (Retinal Stem Cell Biology and Regeneration Lab) in the department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Nebraska Medical Center, for training in neural stem cell biology and neurodegenerative disease modeling. Applicants are required to have a Ph.D. and should have a strong background in cell and molecular biology and hands on experience in related techniques, including primary cell culture. Experience with pluripotent cells (ES and/or iPS cells) is desirable. New graduates or those having completed all formalities of graduation should apply.


Internal Medicine, Nephrology

The Division of Nephrology, University of Nebraska Medical Center (Omaha), seeks a postdoctoral research associate, with a degree in biochemistry, immunology, pharmacology, physiology, pathology, or related field and expertise in immunological responses in vertebrate animals. Required experience includes animal experiments and cell culture work and common cellular immunology and molecular biology techniques. Successful applicant’s work will include investigation of mechanisms of kidney injury in kidney transplantation models. Studies will include investigation of signaling pathways leading to nephrotoxic injury of common immuno-suppressants, and studying the immunological and non-immunological mechanisms of late graft failure.  Work will include collection, analysis, and interpretation of data, presentation at professional meetings, manuscript preparation, and grant writing. The successful candidate will have first-author publications in peer-reviewed journals and the ability to write research papers, with goal of multiple grant submissions in the first year. The successful candidate must possess strong verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work independently and as part of a team. Working knowledge of Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and image and statistical analysis software is required. 


 Anesthesiology
A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available immediately in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Nebraska Medical Center in Omaha, Nebraska in the Nebraska Outcomes Research Lab. The emphasis is on accessing existing large datasets in addition to conducting large pragmatic clinical trials as well as participating in conventional RCTs. Biostatistical support is available. Our research is highly collaborative, and we work successfully with researchers in internal medicine, surgery, psychiatry, public health, and biostatistics. A principal focus of our group is to provide meaningful mentoring to medical students, trainees, and junior faculty—we have brought 30+ mentees to their first peer-reviewed publications and have received support from FAERARCS, and IARS for our students. In addition to intramural funding, current extramural funding for our group is from AHRQ – Agency for Healthcare Research and Quality (R01), NIH – National Institute on Drug Abuse (K23), NIH – National Heart, Lung, and Blood Institute (R13), Foundation for Anesthesia Education and Research (Resident Scholar, Medical Student Anesthesia Research Fellowship programs), and Society of Cardiovascular Anesthesiologists Kaplan Leadership Award. The successful candidate will work in a dynamic group and will receive significant mentoring in manuscript/grant writing, including training junior trainees. Occasional travel to present research results at scientific conferences will be supported.

Genetics Cell Biology & Anatomy
A postdoctoral fellow position is available immediately to conduct research in cancer cell biology.

The Department of Genetics, Cell Biology and Anatomy at the University of Nebraska Medical Center is a seeking a POSTDOCTORAL RESEARCH ASSOCIATE to pursue exciting research in the area of cancer cell biology. The incumbent will pursue fairly independent research without day-to-day supervision. In addition, the incumbent will participate in teaching of basic principles of safety regulation and good laboratory practice to graduate students and research assistants.

Eppley Inst Research
Postdoctoral position to investigate the mechanisms of DNA replication and mutagenesis, with a particular focus on the origin of mutations that cause human diseases.  A variety of experimental systems, including yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, cultured human cells, in vitro biochemistry, mouse models, and human tissues to understand the link between DNA structure, the function of DNA polymerases and genomic instability.
Anesthesiology
Laboratory with strong background in characterization of functional roles of extracellular vesicles in HIV/SIV neuropathogenesis and methamphetamine abuse is seeking a motivated and independent postdoctoral research associate. Study involves the role of extracellular vesicles and non-coding RNAs. An active area of investigation is the study of cellular and molecular mechanisms that control interactions between microglia, macrophages, neurons and extracellular vesicles, and the functional role of extracellular non-coding RNA in methamphetamine addiction biology. Experience working with 3D cell culture models such as organoids and knowledge of stem cell biology will be considered as a strength. A Ph.D. degree with a strong background in molecular & cellular neuroscience, addiction biology or HIV pathogenesis or any related discipline is required. The ideal candidate will be highly motivated to contribute to existing programs as well as to develop their own research program. He/she will participate in planning and designing experiments, carrying out the experimental procedures, collecting, organizing and interpreting data. Candidates are expected to write manuscripts, give seminars and apply for postdoctoral fellowships. Previous experience in the field of neuroscience, addiction biology, exosomes, non-coding RNA and animal models of disease are desirable. Candidates must have a strong publication record and should have very good oral and written communication skills.
Genetics Cell Biology & Anatomy
The Ghosal Lab is interested in the molecular mechanisms of genome integrity in cancer and premature aging syndromes. Using cell culture and mouse models we study how deregulation of DNA damage response pathways in response to oncogene-induced replication stress promotes cancer development and/or progression. We utilize a variety of approaches including biochemistry, proteomics, cell biology, molecular biology, and cancer biology techniques in mammalian cell culture and mouse models.

Surgery-General Surgery 
The Department of Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center has an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in a federally-funded laboratory. Applicants must have an MD, PhD, or equivalent. The research will utilize large animal(porcine) models of cancer, limb ischemia, hemorrhage, and other diseases, and will require expertise in cancer biology and methods of molecular biology, gene transfer, gene editing, biochemistry, cell biology, cell culture, and vertebrate animal models, including genetically-engineered mice. No prior experience with swine handling is required. The work will include derivation, characterization, and validation of novel cancer cell lines and viral vectors for in vivo studies, and generation, characterization, and validation of stem cell lines. The projects will be directed by Dr. Mark Carlson. An emphasis will be placed on laboratory technical expertise, scientific experimental design, problem-solving abilities, collaborative skills, communication skills (written and oral), and grantsmanship. Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience.

Int Med Oncology/Hematology
The Division of Hematology & Oncology, University of Nebraska Medical Center (Omaha), seeks a postdoctoral research associate to join Dr. Hingorani’s lab. Our laboratory investigates molecular and cellular mechanisms of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA) pathogenesis. The murine models of distinct genetic subtypes of pancreas cancer that we have developed form the basis of our integrated, systematic, and multidisciplinary research program. Our efforts are directed at identifying and overcoming stromal barriers to treatment (including elevated interstitial pressures, activated fibroblasts, and multiple mechanisms of immune suppression); identifying and disrupting molecular drivers of metastasis; and developing immune-based treatment strategies. Our ultimate aim is to take our discoveries and reduce them to practice in the clinic in order to radically transform the approach and prognosis for patients with this devastating disease. This position conducts translational research in a pancreas cancer laboratory and collaborates with faculty in ongoing and planned research.
Int Med Oncology/Hematology
The Division of Hematology & Oncology, University of Nebraska Medical Center (Omaha), seeks a postdoctoral research associate to join Dr. Hingorani’s lab. Our laboratory investigates molecular and cellular mechanisms of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA) pathogenesis. The murine models of distinct genetic subtypes of pancreas cancer that we have developed form the basis of our integrated, systematic, and multidisciplinary research program. Our efforts are directed at identifying and overcoming stromal barriers to treatment (including elevated interstitial pressures, activated fibroblasts, and multiple mechanisms of immune suppression); identifying and disrupting molecular drivers of metastasis; and developing immune-based treatment strategies. Our ultimate aim is to take our discoveries and reduce them to practice in the clinic in order to radically transform the approach and prognosis for patients with this devastating disease. This position conducts translational research in a pancreas cancer laboratory and collaborates with faculty in ongoing and planned research.

Radiation Oncology
A postdoctoral research associate position is available in the lab of Dr. Chi Zhang in the Department of Radiation Oncology to conduct research in the area of molecular biology, cell biology, protein biochemistry, immunohistochemistry, and animal model studies to support the maintenance of existing research projects in brain tumors and, additionally, will contribute to both the optimization of current assays and the development of new technologies.

Emergency Medicine
A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available in the Department of Emergency Medicine at the University of Nebraska Medical Center. A M.D., Ph.D. or equivalent in Medicine/Physiology or related field is required. The research focuses mainly on the regulatory role of the peripheral nervous system in peripheral tissues (such as myocardium and skeletal muscle) in pathophysiological conditions including heart failure, diabetes, and ischemia-reperfusion injury, supported by NIH funding. The successful applicant will be expected to master electrophysiological techniques (including patch clamp) and intricate surgical procedures, especially surgical coronary artery ligation-induced heart failure, in vivo local microinjection into peripheral ganglia, and implantation of optogenetic probe for optogenetic stimulation and radio-telemeters for the ECG and blood pressure recording. He/she will be involved in the design of experimental protocols; collection, analysis and interpretation of data; preparation of oral and written scientific reports, such as presentation of results at local, state, and national meetings; composition of scientific manuscripts for submission to journals and writing grant applications; and interdepartmental seminars, journal clubs and local and national scientific societies. The applicant will also be expected to incorporate his/her previous skills and knowledge into the evolution of experimental designs, methodology, data interpretations and pursuit of scientific goals. Previous experience performing in cardiovascular and neurophysiological experiments is preferred. Applicants are required to include three letters of recommendation along with their application.

Eppley Inst Research

Working on projects on cellular and animal models for drug resistance in PDAC and
ovarian cancer.


Eppley Inst Research 
Postdoctoral position to investigate the mechanisms of DNA replication and mutagenesis, with a particular focus on the origin of mutations that cause human diseases.  A variety of experimental systems, including yeast Saccharomyces cerevisiae, cultured human cells, in vitro biochemistry, mouse models, and human tissues to understand the link between DNA structure, the function of DNA polymerases and genomic instability.
Pathology/Microbiology
NIH-funded postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Tammy Kielian in the Department of Pathology and Microbiology, University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC) in Omaha, Nebraska (https://www.unmc.edu/pathology/faculty/bios/kielian.html). The candidate will direct independent projects related to the role of innate immunity in host defense against Staphylococcus aureus biofilms using mouse infection models as well as translational research with clinical specimens from patients with biofilm infections. Our laboratory utilizes numerous tools to explore host immune biofilm crosstalk, including single cell RNA-seq, epigenetic platforms, and transposon sequencing. Requires a PhD in immunology or a related immunology-intensive background and preferred immunology research experience.

Surgery-General Surgery
The Department of Surgery at the University of Nebraska Medical Center has an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position in a federally-funded laboratory. Applicants must have an MD, PhD, or equivalent. The research will utilize large animal(porcine) models of cancer, limb ischemia, hemorrhage, and other diseases, and will require expertise in cancer biology and methods of molecular biology, gene transfer, gene editing, biochemistry, cell biology, cell culture, and vertebrate animal models, including genetically-engineered mice. No prior experience with swine handling is required. The work will include derivation, characterization, and validation of novel cancer cell lines and viral vectors for in vivo studies, and generation, characterization, and validation of stem cell lines. The projects will be directed by Dr. Mark Carlson. An emphasis will be placed on laboratory technical expertise, scientific experimental design, problem-solving abilities, collaborative skills, communication skills (written and oral), and grantsmanship.
Psychiatry
 
Conduct clinical trial and neuroscience-based research projects for psychiatric patients and healthy population, to investigate the neurobiological mechanism of various psychopathologies and the target engagement by various intervention modalities.

Clinical study design, neuroimaging study design, data collection, data analysis, and interpretation of data for the current and future protocols. Each study project will be conducted by the thorough understanding of the current scientific literature in the diverse disciplines. Required to have an understanding of neuroscience and strong motivation to harness knowledge of human brain disorders. Training and experience in neuroimaging (functional MRI and MEG) is strongly preferred.
Will do collaborative work in a team-oriented environment, conceptualizing and prioritizing objectives and preparing manuscripts for peer-reviewed journals. Providing training and supervision of the current and future research assistants and clinical research coordinator.
Troubleshoot problems in experiments rigorously with other members of the lab, including the principal investigator, Soonjo Hwang, M.D.
 COD-Surgical Specialties
Developing and carrying out one research project; performing advanced OMFS on College of Dentistry patients; assisting faculty in the operating room; helping supervise the undergraduate oral surgery clinic. The position is designed primarily for those persons seeking to start an OMFS residency in July 2023-2024.
Int Med Allergy/Immunology
A postdoctoral fellow position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Jill Poole, Chief of the Allergy & Immunology Division at the University of Nebraska Medical Center (UNMC). The research goal of Dr. Poole’s lab is to understand the complex mechanisms underlying the development of occupational and environmental-induced lung disease to inform therapeutic investigations to prevent, halt, or reverse lung disease. The dynamic interplay of host factors including autoimmunity in the lung response to inhalant exposures that govern lung and systemic disease manifestations are also of particular importance. We focus on developing 3D tissue constructs/organoids and exploiting murine models to investigate the pathogenesis of diseased tissue and examine potential therapeutic remedies.
COP Pharmaceutical Science
This postdoctoral associate will be responsible for the synthesis and characterization of small molecule target compounds, writing laboratory reports, and participating in laboratory meetings. In addition, this research associate will participate in target compound design, propose synthetic pathways, and analyze and interpret data related to the project.
Int Med Oncology/Hematology
The Division of Hematology & Oncology, University of Nebraska Medical Center (Omaha), seeks a postdoctoral research associate to join Dr. Hingorani’s lab. Our laboratory investigates molecular and cellular mechanisms of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA) pathogenesis. The murine models of distinct genetic subtypes of pancreas cancer that we have developed form the basis of our integrated, systematic, and multidisciplinary research program. Our efforts are directed at identifying and overcoming stromal barriers to treatment (including elevated interstitial pressures, activated fibroblasts, and multiple mechanisms of immune suppression); identifying and disrupting molecular drivers of metastasis; and developing immune-based treatment strategies. Our ultimate aim is to take our discoveries and reduce them to practice in the clinic in order to radically transform the approach and prognosis for patients with this devastating disease. This position conducts translational research in a pancreas cancer laboratory and collaborates with faculty in ongoing and planned research.
Int Med Oncology/Hematology
Postdoctoral Research Associate Advertisement – The Division of Hematology & Oncology, University of Nebraska Medical Center (Omaha), seeks a postdoctoral research associate to join Dr. Hingorani's lab. Our laboratory investigates molecular and cellular mechanisms of pancreatic ductal adenocarcinoma (PDA) pathogenesis. The murine models of distinct genetic subtypes of pancreas cancer that we have developed form the basis of our integrated, systematic, and multidisciplinary research program. Our efforts are directed at identifying and overcoming stromal barriers to treatment (including elevated interstitial pressures, activated fibroblasts, and multiple mechanisms of immune suppression); identifying and disrupting molecular drivers of metastasis; and developing immune-based treatment strategies. Our ultimate aim is to take our discoveries and reduce them to practice in the clinic in order to radically transform the approach and prognosis for patients with this devastating disease. This position conducts translational research in a pancreas cancer laboratory and collaborates with faculty in ongoing and planned research.
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