The Kucenas Lab has an opening for a post-doctoral fellow!
The Kucenas Lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Virginia has a position for a post-doctoral fellow to investigate the cellular and molecular mediators that govern glial tiling in developing and diseased nervous systems. Currently in the lab, we are investigating: 1) the development and maintenance of nervous system transition zones, 2) the molecular mechanisms that mediate glial tiling, 3) elucidating the glial heterogeneity present in both the CNS and PNS and 4) the role of glia in nervous system disease and regeneration. This position, fully supported by the Owens Family Foundation and the NIH, involves basic and translational research using zebrafish and we are seeking an enthusiastic, focused and creative candidate to join our team.
Our lab is located in the Physical & Life Sciences Building at UVa in Charlottesville, Virginia and is within a 10-minute walk of the Medical Center, which provides exceptional opportunities for collaboration among basic and clinical scientists. Our scientific community is heavily invested in training, and we work hard to help trainees develop the skills necessary for successful independent careers.
QUALIFCATION REQUIRMENTS: Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Neuroscience or a related discipline (i.e. Biology, Cell and Developmental Biology, etc.) by the start date of this position. Demonstrated expertise in molecular biology techniques including DNA methodologies, PCR, gene silencing and imaging is a plus!
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Contact Sarah directly and apply online at https://uva.wd1.myworkdayjobs.com/UVAJobs and attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae and contact information for three references.
The long-term goal of our research program is to elucidate the roles of peripheral and central glia and glial-glial interactions during nervous system development, maintenance and disease/injury. Using Danio rerio (zebrafish) as a model system (and to a lesser extent, mouse), we combine genetic and pharmacological perturbation, single cell manipulation, laser ablation/axotomy and in vivo, time-lapse imaging to directly and continuously observe glial cell origins, behaviors and interactions in an intact vertebrate.
See our Projects page for more details!