Employment Opportunities

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October 2022 Postdoctoral Opportunities at UNMC:

 Biochem and Molecular Biology: A postdoctoral position currently available in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department at the University of Nebraska Medical Center focused on NRP2 on macrophage biology and tumor progression. The potential candidate is expected to perform various cell and molecular biology techniques and work with tissue culture and the genetically modified mouse models to evaluate the contribution of NRP2.

Kaustubh Datta, Ph.D.


 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.


Pharmacology/Exp Neuroscience: Seeking a candidate with a PhD degree in biological sciences with expertise in autophagy, inflammasomes, and neuroinflammation in the context of HIV and drugs of abuse comorbidity. Preference will be given to candidates with past experience in neuroinflammation. Specifically, the candidate will have experience in isolation of primary glial cells, and expertise in investigating the role of autophagy, inflammasomes, long non-coding RNAs, and microRNAs in rodents and macaques samples. Additionally, the candidate will have technical skills to apply various state of the art biochemical tools to understand these complex molecular functions in the brain. Desirably, the candidate should have sound knowledge in molecular neurobiology and bioinformatics with ability to deal the next-generation sequencing data. Work will include both in vitro and in vivo models involving cell culture and rodent models of HAND respectively. Candidate should be able to work in a team, develop research ideas and mentor technicians and students in the lab.


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. 


 Dermatology:  The Department of Dermatology is seeking candidates for a year-long, funded PGY-2 Postdoctoral Research Associate position that is available beginning in July of each academic year. This is a unique postdoctoral position with responsibilities in clinical care, translational and outcomes research and student mentorship opportunities. This position is intended for candidates who have completed a PGY-1 internship and who have demonstrated a strong commitment to further training and research in the field of dermatology. 

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.
 Dermatology
The Department of Dermatology is seeking candidates for a year-long, funded PGY-2 Postdoctoral Research Associate position that is available beginning in July of each academic year. This is a unique postdoctoral position with responsibilities in clinical care, translational and outcomes research and student mentorship opportunities. This position is intended for candidates who have completed a PGY-1 internship and who have demonstrated a strong commitment to further training and research in the field of dermatology. 

 


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.
 
 
 
 
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.

The Department of Pharmacology and Experimental Neuroscience is seeking a postdoctoral research associate for an NIH funded research project studying the mechanisms underlying methamphetamine exacerbation of HIV-1-associated neurocognitive disorders. Ph.D (or equivalent) in neuroscience, or related disciplines, is required, along with a strong background/experience in cellular and molecular neuroscience. Experience in electrophysiology is an asset but not mandatory.
We are seeking a motivated postdoctoral candidate with expertise in the molecular biology, animal model generation, patient derived xenografts (PDX) and experience with lymphoma research studies. He will be responsible for maintaining murine models, develop immunobiology assays and pre-clinical trial designs. The candidate should be familiar with basic data analysis and reporting and should be able to assist
Principal Investigator (PI) with other aspects of the research program. 
Pathology/Microbiology--Lymphoma Research
We are seeking a motivated postdoctoral candidate with expertise in the molecular biology, animal model generation, patient derived xenografts (PDX) and experience with lymphoma research studies. He will be responsible for maintaining murine models, develop immunobiology assays and pre-clinical trial designs. The candidate should be familiar with basic data analysis and reporting and should be able to assist
Principal Investigator (PI) with other aspects of the research program. 
A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available in the lab of Dr. Bhavanaben Chhunchha in the department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Nebraska Medical Center, to work on a current research project involving Regulation and regulatory role(s) of multifunctional protective Peroxiredoxin 6 in age-related blinding diseases with special focus on eye cornea-related disorders-wound healing, lens-cataract and glaucoma. Successful candidate will use gene-targeting technology, microarray and ChIP assay analysis to address important questions in regulation of cell survival facing various environmental stresses. Projects include analysis of gene regulation and identification of factors that regulate cell survival. Candidate must have Ph.D. or equivalent degree and have a background in molecular and cellular biology. Additional experience in one or more of the following areas is preferred: protein chemistry/ protein-protein interaction(s), cell culture and gene transcription. 
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.
A postdoctoral position currently available in the Biochemistry and Molecular Biology Department at the University of Nebraska Medical Center focused on NRP2 on macrophage biology and tumor progression. The potential candidate is expected to perform various cell and molecular biology techniques and work with tissue culture and the genetically modified mouse models to evaluate the contribution of NRP2.
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.
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.
Pharmaceutical Science
The successful candidate for this position will work on the synthesis of fluorophores and their biomolecular conjugates for pathogen biosensing, intraoperative tumor detection, and other biomedical applications.
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.
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 cell biology, immunohistochemistry, and animal model studies to support the maintenance of existing research projects in brain and lung cancer and, additionally, will contribute to both the optimization of current assays and the development of new therapeutics based on nanotechnology.
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.


A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available in the lab of Dr. Bhavanaben Chhunchha in the department of Ophthalmology and Visual Sciences, University of Nebraska Medical Center, to work on a current research project involving Regulation and regulatory role(s) of multifunctional protective Peroxiredoxin 6 in age-related blinding diseases with special focus on eye cornea-related disorders-wound healing, lens-cataract and glaucoma. Successful candidate will use gene-targeting technology, microarray and ChIP assay analysis to address important questions in regulation of cell survival facing various environmental stresses. Projects include analysis of gene regulation and identification of factors that regulate cell survival. Candidate must have Ph.D. or equivalent degree and have a background in molecular and cellular biology. Additional experience in one or more of the following areas is preferred: protein chemistry/ protein-protein interaction(s), cell culture and gene transcription.
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.
 
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