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Postdoctoral Opportunities


POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR

Requisition # 2029

LabKaikobad Irani

​Salary: $47,476.00 to Commensurate

Position Description: A postdoctoral research scholar position is available in the Department of Internal medicine in the Cardiovascular Division. Research in the laboratory is broadly focused on the identification of novel molecular signaling signaling pathways operative in the endothelium, and vasculature in general, in both health and disease states such as hypertension and diabetes. Research in the lab ranges from basic protein chemistry (such as protein-protein interactions and post-translational modifications in vitro) to cell culture based studies (both in vascular and non-vascular cell types) to measurements of physiological parameters in small animal models of vascular diseases such as hypertension and diabetes. Opportunities also exist to apply some of the fundamental discoveries made in the lab to focused translational human studies. See the Irani Lab website for examples of studies performed in the lab.

Conduct research in a collaborative environment which encourages independent and creative ideas and approaches. Post-doctoral scholar will be self-motivated and will be responsible for the experimental design, collecting and analysis of research data, maintaining log books, troubleshooting experiments, and training graduate students and research assistants. Post-doctoral scholar will also be responsible for the preparation of manuscripts related to his/her work and keeping up-to-date with the literature.

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POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR

Requisition # 2158

Lab: Ferhaan Ahmad

Salary: $47,476.00 to Commensurate

Position Description:  An NIH-funded postdoctoral research scholar position is available immediately in the laboratory of Ferhaan Ahmad, M.D., Ph.D., Associate Professor, in the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine, Department of Internal Medicine. Research in the laboratory is broadly focused on human cardiovascular genetics. Large cohorts of human subjects with heritable cardiovascular disorders, including hypertrophic, dilated, glycogen storage, and arrhythmogenic right ventricular cardiomyopathies and pulmonary arterial hypertension, have been recruited for studies of the underlying genetic and genomic basis of these diseases. In addition, several gene-targeted and transgenic murine models of human mutations and of genes implicated in the pathogenesis of cardiovascular disease have been constructed and are being studied to elucidate the pathophysiology of cardiac remodeling, both in genetic cardiomyopathies and acquired heart failure such as ischemia-reperfusion injury and diabetic cardiomyopathy. Research in the laboratory ranges from molecular genetics and molecular biology, to basic protein chemistry (such as protein-protein interactions and post-translational modifications in vitro), to cell culture based studies, to measurements of physiological parameters in small animal models of heart failure, to integrative systems biology analyses of “big data.” Opportunities also exist to apply some of the fundamental discoveries made in the laboratory to focused translational human studies.

Duties and responsibilities: The successful candidate will work closely with the principal investigator, as well as other fellows, students, technicians, and clinicians, in a highly collaborative environment integrating clinical and basic science. Depending on his or her interests, the candidate will be expected to perform human molecular genetic studies, genomewide human tissue expression analyses and systems biology studies, mouse experimentation, and/or in vitro cellular and molecular mechanistic studies. He or she will be self-motivated and will be responsible for the experimental design, collecting and analysis of research data, maintaining log books, troubleshooting experiments, and training graduate students and research assistants. He or she will also be responsible for the preparation of manuscripts related to his or her work and keeping up-to-date with the literature

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POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR

Requisition # 3054

Lab: Nephrology

Salary: $48,432.00 to Commensurate

Position description: Discipline: Biological Sciences. A position for a postdoctoral research scholar with molecular biology, animal genetic, and/or physiological background is available in a lab focused on polycystic kidney disease, cardiovascular and kidney disease.

The successful candidate will be involved in studying the function of the role of an antiaging protein, klotho, in cardiovascular and kidney diseases, and animal model and gene therapy of polycystic kidney disease. Combined biochemical, biophysical, imaging, and animal genetic approaches will be used to answer questions. Candidates qualified for NIH training grants and fellowships will be considered.

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POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR

Requisition # 3069

Lab: Diana I. Jalal

Salary: $48,432.00 to Commensurate

Position description: Discipline: Biological Sciences. A position for a postdoctoral research scholar with human vascular physiology background is available in a translational research lab focused on vascular disease in chronic kidney disease.

The successful candidate will be involved in studying interventions that improve vascular endothelial function and large artery stiffness in patients with chronic kidney disease. The most important qualification is the understanding of human vascular physiology.  Combined biophysical and imaging approaches in humans will be used to answer questions. In addition, experience with immunofluorescence and human sample processing for biochemical tests will be viewed favorably. Candidates qualified for NIH training grants and fellowships will be favorably considered.

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POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR

Requisition # 3133

Lab: Isabella Grumbach

Salary: $50,004.00 to Commensurate

Position description: Discipline: Biological Sciences. A position for a postdoctoral research schoalr with a molecular biology background is available in a lab focused on vascular and mitochondrial biology and integrative physiology.

The successful candidate will be involved in studying the effects of mitochondrial Ca2+ uptake in endothelium and smooth muscle in novel genetic models. Current disease models include restenosis after balloon angioplasty and vascular injury by cancer therapy. He/she will have access to in vitro, ex vivo, and in vivo research models, as well as various research techniques and advanced equipment.  The successful candidate is expected to qualify for training grants and fellowships.

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POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR

Requisition # 3549

Lab: Terry Wahls

Salary: $53,760.00 to Commensurate

Position description: The postdoctoral research scholar position provides an opportunity to join an existing team that is conducting clinical research assessing the impact of dietary patterns, diet quality and lifestyle in multiple sclerosis. The post-doctoral research scholar will work primarily with Drs. Terry Wahls and Linda Snetselaar. Additional nutrition scientist collaborators will include Drs. Wei Bao and Tyler Titcomb.  The scholar will analyze data from existing projects, develop manuscripts to submit to leading journals, develop grant proposals, and take an active role in current and future research. 

Current and forth coming projects include a randomized controlled trial investigating ketogenic, modified Paleolithic and Dietary Guidelines for Americans diets in the setting of multiple sclerosis. Future studies include analyses of metabolomics and microbiome data and longitudinal quality of life data from a study comparing low saturated fat and modified Paleolithic diet in the setting of multiple sclerosis.

The post-doctoral candidate’s specific project related responsibilities will be developed in consultation with Drs. Wahls and Snetselaar and may include project management, data collection, development of research hypotheses, analytic strategies and scholar initiated analyses and projects related to the lab’s core projects.

The post-doctoral position is a one year full time appointment.  Reappointment for additional years is possible depending on the fellow’s performance as it relates to their initiative, support of the lab, their publication record, and available funding.

The successful candidate will be involved in studying the impact of diet and lifestyle factors on clinical outcomes in multiple sclerosis and other chronic disease states in human subjects. She/he will have access to existing data, collaborators in the Colleges of Medicine, Nursing, Public Health, and Liberal Arts and Sciences. The successful candidate is expected to qualify for training grants and fellowships and to further our understanding of the relationship between diet and various lifestyle factors and brain health.

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POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR

Requisition # 3565

Lab: Craig Morita

Salary: $53,760.00 to Commensurate

Position description: Study cancer immunotherapy with human gamma delta (gd) T cells. Work to optimize adoptive immunotherapy with gd T cell expressing Vg2Vd2 T cell receptors by combining with checkpoint blockage, new bisphosphonates, and live vaccine bacteria. Seek to understand the role of these cells in human immunity to cancer and microbes. Develop bacterial vaccines and discovering new microbial metabolic pathways.

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POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR

Requisition # 3656

Lab: Bhagi Chaurasia

Salary: $53,760.00 to Commensurate

Position description: Lab of nutrient sensing in metabolic diseases aims to understand how lipid metabolite ceramides: impair nutrient sensing in adipose tissue and contribute to development of metabolic diseases such as obesity, diabetes, cardiovascular diseases etc. (Chaurasia et 2016, Cell Metabolism and Chaurasia et 2019, Science). Using genetic and pharmacological tools to modulate ceramide accumulation in vivo combined with unbiased approaches we have identified downstream effector molecules of ceramide, that bestows ceramides some of these functions. We are currently seeking a postdoctoral candidate with a background in biomedical sciences to investigate the role of these newly identified proteins in development of metabolic diseases.  Successful applicants will be generously offered with NIH guideline-based salary and benefits and will be part of a diabetes research community at University of Iowa Hospital and Clinics and affiliated Fraternal order of diabetes research institute. In addition to existing projects in the lab, he/she will be provided with sufficient support and freedom to ask new important questions and independently develop innovative research in the general context of laboratory interest.

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POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR

Requisition # 3658

Lab: Terry Wahls

Salary: $53,760.00 to Commensurate

Position description: This position provides an opportunity to join an existing team conducting clinical research assessing the impact of dietary patterns, diet quality and lifestyle for people with multiple sclerosis. The postdoctoral research scholar will work primarily with Drs. Terry Wahls and Linda Snetselaar. Additional nutrition scientist collaborators will include Dr. Tyler Titcomb. The postdoc will analyze data from existing projects, develop manuscripts to submit to leading journals, develop grant proposals, and take an active role in current and future research. The lab has received $500,000 to support post-doctoral scholars over the next 5 years. 

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POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR

Requisition # 3692

Lab: Sanjana Dayal

Salary: $53,760.00 to Commensurate

Position description: The University of Iowa is seeking a Postdoctoral Scholar to join an NIH-funded R01 project studying the role of platelet, neutrophil and endothelial cell activation in thrombosis during SARS-CoV-2 infection in humans and mouse models. The successful candidate will join our Thrombosis/Vascular Biology Research Group, which uses novel genetic models to study mechanisms of thrombosis related to risk factors such as aging, diabetes, cancer, or infection. We are looking for candidates who have a passion for scientific research, high standards of ethics and integrity, outstanding communication skills, and can work both independently and as an effective member of a research team. Scholars will utilize in vitro, ex vivo, and in vivo research models, as well as state of the art microscopy and genomic approaches. They will acquire new complementary skills in platelet and vascular cell physiology, small animal surgery, molecular techniques, and cell base assays. Trainees also will have the opportunity to participate in the design, execution, and interpretation of research studies with human subjects.

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POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR

Requisition # 3706

Lab: Anil Chauhan

Salary: $53,760.00 to Commensurate

Position description: A postdoctoral research scholar position or a Research scientist position is available in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Divisions of Hematology/Oncology. Research in laboratory is focused underlying mechanisms of thrombo-inflammation in context of ischemic stroke and atherosclerosis. We use molecular and cellular techniques, along with genetically modified mice to investigate role of adhesion molecules in pathophysiology of ischemic stroke. We have several mutant mice and experimental models to study stroke. My lab is also part of the SPAN network “The University of Iowa Stroke Preclinical Assessment Center for Neuroprotection in Stroke”. The main objective of the SPAN network is to address this need by prioritizing the testing of different neuroprotective agents in humans based on their measured comparative efficacy in experimental stroke models. Notably, the NIH SPAN has funded six centers (my lab is one of them) along with SPAN coordinating center at the national level to test up to six promising interventions, including "Uric acid" for neuroprotection with the same rigor as used by multicenter clinical trials.

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POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR

Requisition # 3762

Lab: Rasna Sabharwal

Salary: $53,760.00 to Commensurate

Position description: A postdoctoral research scholar position is available in the Department of Internal Medicine at the Division of Cardiovascular Medicine Division to study molecular pathways and neural circuitry in cardiovascular and neurodegenerative diseases. Research in the lab utilizes a combination of integrative cardiovascular, neurophysiological and molecular approaches in genetically modified mice.

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