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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.


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


POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR

Requisition # 2894

Lab: Nephrology

Salary: $47,484.00 to Commensurate

Position Description: A postdoctoral research scholar position is available in the Department of Internal medicine in the Division of Nephrology.

Research in the laboratory is focused on studying the function of genes that when mutated result in inheritable kidney diseases, by applying a wide array of biochemistry, genetics, genomics, cell biology and imaging studies.

The specific project will be aimed to identify and characterize novel molecular signaling pathways operating in the endothelium that control microvascular coagulation.


POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR

Requisition # 2933

Lab: Nephrology

Salary: $47,484.00 to Commensurate

Position description: A postdoctoral research scholar position is available in the Department of Internal Medicine in the Division of Nephrology, Carver College of Medicine at University of Iowa.

Research in the laboratory is focused on studying the function of genes that when mutated result in inheritable kidney diseases, by applying a wide array of biochemistry, genetics, genomics, cell biology and imaging studies.

The specific project will be aimed to identify and characterize novel molecular signaling pathways responsible of the onset and the progression of cystic kidney diseases and fibrosis.

The post-doctoral scholar will be expected to be responsible for defining the experimental design, collecting and analyzing research data, troubleshooting experiments, and training graduate students and research assistants. He or she will also be responsible for the preparation of manuscripts related to his/her work.


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.


POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR

Requisition # 3063

Lab: Shunguang Wei

Salary: $48,432.00 to Commensurate

Position description: A postdoctoral research scholar position is available immediately for a highly motivated individual in a neurophysiology laboratory in the Department of Internal Medicine and Abboud Cardiovascular Research Center.  NIH funded research in this laboratory is focused on the central inflammatory mechanisms driving sympathetic excitation in cardiovascular diseases. Using a multifaceted approach involving electrophysiology, molecular biology, immunohistochemistry, pharmacology and biochemistry, the ongoing project is studying the brain mechanisms underlying autonomic regulation, neuronal activation and intracellular signaling pathways activated by pro-inflammatory cytokines in heart failure and hypertension. The laboratory will also focus on the translational studies to determine whether central interventions with anti-inflammatory agents improve the neurohumoral activation and peripheral manifestations in heart failure.

The successful candidate will be expected to work independently under the supervision of the principal investigator, and be able to cooperate with other members in the laboratory. He/she will be responsible for the experimental design, data aquisition and analysis, preparation of abstracts and manuscripts for scientific meetings or publication.  Review of applications will begin immediately until the position is filled.


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.


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.


POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR

Requisition # 3232

Lab: Josalyn Cho

Salary: $50,004.00 to Commensurate

Position description: The Cho Laboratory is seeking a motivated postdoctoral research scholar trained in cellular and molecular immunology to join our NIH-funded lung immunology research team at the University of Iowa. The position is within the Department of Internal Medicine and Division of Pulmonary, Critical Care and Occupational Medicine, located on the medical campus. Ranked among the top academic medical centers in the country, the University of Iowa has an outstanding track record of high-impact immunology research. The University of Iowa offers a competitive salary, outstanding benefits and a collaborative environment to support your development.

The Cho Laboratory investigates immunologic mechanisms of lung disease. Specifically, we are interested in innate and adaptive cellular immune responses during viral infection and in asthma. The laboratory utilizes animal and human models of disease to better understand how dendritic cells contribute to effector and memory T cell responses within the lung. The ideal candidate is well-trained in basic and advance immunology methods, technically proficient, self-motivated and has excellent interpersonal and communication skills.

Responsibilities: Manage the assigned research project, including planning, executing and trouble-shooting experiments, with expectation of a first author publication; Identify original research projects, experiments and potential research directions related to the goals and interests of the laboratory; Collect, evaluate and interpret research data to accomplish research objectives; Prepare and present scientific work inside and outside of the University; Prepare manuscripts for publication; Assist with preparation of grant applications and reporting; Engage in regular meetings with Dr. Cho to discuss the research project and career development; be open to both providing and receiving feedback; Uphold ethical research standards, including compliance with good laboratory practice and maintenance of accurate research records; Maintain a safe laboratory environment and ensuring compliance with governmental and University policies, procedures and regulations; Supervise and train other research employees


POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLAR

Requisition # 3304

Lab: Cardiovascular Medicine

Salary: $52,704.00 to Commensurate

Position description:

A postdoctoral research scholar position is available immediately in the Department of Internal Medicine -Cardiovascular Medicine Division to study the mechanisms of stress induced morbidity in heart failure.

Research in the lab utilizes a combination of integrative cardiovascular, neurophysiological and molecular approaches in genetically modified mice e.g. in vivo radiotelemetry, optogenetics, microdialysis, autonomic and cardiac function assessment,  gene therapy tools including but not limited to siRNA and viral microinjections, RT-PCR, and immunohistochemistry.

The postdoctoral scholar will be self-motivated and will conduct research in a collaborative and interdisciplinary environment. The responsibilities of the postdoctoral scholar include experimental design, acquisition and analysis of research data, maintaining note books, troubleshooting experiments, training graduate students and research assistants, manuscript preparation, and presentation of research findings at lab meetings and scientific conferences. An individualized mentoring support will be provided to the postdoctoral scholar to develop creative ideas and approaches for independent research projects. It is expected that the successful candidate will, with guidance, seek external funding through available opportunities.