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Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cell Biology and Neural Development, Dwyer Lab


Postdoctoral Research Associate in Cell Biology and Neural Development, Dwyer Lab

  • R0032622
  • Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
  • Professional Research Staff
  • The University of Virginia
The Dwyer Lab in the Department of Cell Biology at the University of Virginia seeks one or two Postdoctoral Research Associates to work on exciting new projects about the genes and mechanisms underlying normal and abnormal brain development. We have been studying the cell biology of neural development for several years, with a recent emphasis on cell division and cytoskeleton. Newly funded projects focus on 1) new mouse mutants with novel brain development phenotypes, and 2) how cytokinesis regulation in neural stem cells affect cell fate, cilia, and signaling pathways. Approaches include genetics and genomics, cell and tissue culture, lineage tracing, multiple types of microscopy, molecular biology, biochemistry, and whatever skills you may bring to the lab. Postdoctoral research associates will manage their own projects, interact with other lab members and collaborators, present their work at lab meetings and conferences, and contribute to grant applications and manuscripts for publication. Candidates will be expected to learn new techniques as a part of their training requirement. This position also includes opportunities to help mentor and teach students.

The Dwyer Lab is located in renovated open lab space with a strong, collegial group of neighboring labs studying cell and developmental biology. The lab is committed to a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, and encourages applications from women and underrepresented groups. The position is available immediately and is supported by NIH funding.
The Cell Biology Department at UVA is an excellent training environment for curious, highly motivated scientists. The University provides professional development workshops, and there are support communities on campus including the UVA Postdoc Association, and UVA Women in Medical Sciences (WIMS).

Required Qualifications:
  • Doctoral degree in Biology, Neuroscience, Genetics, or a related field is required by the start date of the appointment.
  • First author publication(s)
  • Experience in the independent conduct of laboratory experiments including experimental design, data display in figures, data analysis including standard statistical analyses, and data management
  • Interest and confidence in developing new techniques for hypothesis testing
  • High level of motivation and intellectual and technical capacity to drive a research project
  • Strong organizational skills and attention to detail
  • Excellent communication skills, demonstrated by a strong publication record, consistent with the candidate’s career stage, and presentations at conferences
  • Ability to work with others as part of a team, including both teaching and learning from others

Preferred Qualifications:
  • Strong background in molecular or cell biology, neuroscience, genetics, or developmental biology.
  • Experience with the mouse model or neural development
  • Experience with one or more of these methods: light microscopy, electron microscopy, cell or tissue culture, micro-manipulation of embryos, molecular biology, RNA-sequencing and bioinformatics, protein biochemistry, genetic analysis, in situ hybridization, flow cytometry
  • Demonstrated creativity and flexibility in experimental design or new methods

Postdoctoral employment is temporary and is normally limited to an individual who has been awarded a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate within the previous five years and who will be involved in full-time research or scholarship at the University. Employment as a Postdoctoral Research Associate is viewed as training and is preparatory for a full-time academic or research career, is supervised by a senior scholar, and allows the appointee to publish the results of his/her research or scholarship during the training period. In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned. This is a 12-month appointment with the possibility of renewal in one-year increments, contingent upon satisfactory performance and the availability of funding.

Application Instructions

Please apply through Workday and search for "R0032622". Complete an application online and attach the following documents:
  • Cover letter summarizing your past experience, research interests, and career goals
  • CV/Resume
  • Names/contact information for 3 references who can comment on your scholarly accomplishments and promise

Attach these documents all into the resume submission field, multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF for submission. Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile by searching 'Find Jobs'. The successful candidate will pass a criminal background check and an Education Verification. (FSAKA).

For questions regarding this position, please contact Dr. Noelle Dwyer . For questions about the application process, please contact Margaret Weeks , Academic Recruiter. Follow these links for more information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at UVA.

About the University of Virginia
The University of Virginia is fundamentally committed to cultivating a diverse and inclusive work and training environment. The University of Virginia is recognized annually as one of the nation's top public institutions of higher learning. Charlottesville has been recognized as one of America's top cities to live. It is also one of America's Top Green Cities, and has a moderate climate. Charlottesville is located ~ 100 miles southwest of Washington, D.C., near the Blue Ridge Mountains, and offers extensive opportunities for outdoor and cultural activities.

Physical Demands
This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require traveling some distance to attend meetings, and programs.

COVID Vaccination Requirement and Guidelines

Please visitthe UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines webpageprior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirementsandguidelines for employment at UVA.

The University of Virginia, i ncluding the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


Each agency within the Commonwealth of Virginia is dedicated to recruiting, supporting, and maintaining a competent and diverse work force. Equal Opportunity Employer

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