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Research Associate

Research Associate

  • R0041200
  • Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
  • Professional Research Staff
  • The University of Virginia
The Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Virginia (UVA) School of Medicine, the laboratory of Dr. Manoj Patel, seeks applications for a motivated postdoctoral fellow. The laboratory’s research focuses on elucidation of mechanisms underlying epilepsy at the molecular, cellular and circuit level.

The post-doctoral fellow will attend to ongoing projects in the lab and be expected to develop their own research program within the overall goal of the laboratory: understanding the neurobiology of epilepsy syndromes of voltage-gated ion channel etiology (e.g., sodium and calcium channels).

Techniques used in the Patel Lab include both in vivo (EEG seizure detection) and in vitro (patch clamp) electrophysiology. The lab also uses optogenetic and chemogenetic methods to evaluate neural circuit recruitment during seizures, and has interest in the role of non-neuronal cells (e.g., glial and immune cells) in disease progression.

Exceptional candidates will bring their own skillset and knowledgebase that compliments these ongoing projects and interests. The successful candidate will be responsible for independent design and execution of experiments as well as data analysis, interpretation and communication of results. Additionally, they will also be expected to apply for extramural funding and aid in the laboratory’s endeavors to secure future research funding. The fellow will also have an opportunity to take part in the highly interactive neuroscience focused scientific community at the University of Virginia. The project is currently supported by two 5-year R01 research grants from the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke.

Minimum Requirements:
  • Doctoral degree

This position is a restricted position and is dependent upon project need, availability of funding and performance. This position will not sponsor applicants for work visas. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

To Apply:

Please apply through Workday , and search for R0041200 . Internal applicants must apply through their UVA Workday profile by searching 'Find Jobs'. Complete an application online with the following documents:
  • CV
  • Cover letter

Upload all materials into the resume submission field, multiple documents can be submitted into this one field. Alternatively, merge all documents into one PDF for submission. Applications that do not contain all required documents will not receive full consideration.

For questions about the application process, please contact Yelena Markazyan, Academic Recruiter at ym3mm@virginia.edu .

For more information about UVA and the Charlottesville community please see http://www.virginia.edu/life/charlottesville and https://embarkcva.com/ .

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