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Research Associate


Research Associate

  • R0041151
  • Charlottesville, Virginia, United States
  • Professional Research Staff
  • The University of Virginia
The Lu lab the Department of Cell Biology at the University of Virginia seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate to investigate molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying development of inner ear sensory hair cells and congenital deafness. The lab has a long-standing interest in how Wnt and Planar Cell Polarity (PCP) signaling pathways drives polarized cell behaviors during inner ear morphogenesis. We have developed a multidisciplinary approach using biochemistry, ex vivo organ culture, fluorescence live imaging and mouse genetics to understand the cellular and molecular mechanisms of PCP signaling and how mutations in this pathway lead to common congenital birth defects such as neural tube defects (NTD) and deafness.

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 mentor graduate and undergraduate students.

The Lu 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, UVA Women in Medical Sciences (WIMS) and Queer in Medical Sciences (QIMS).

Minimum Requirements
  • Doctoral degree in Developmental Biology, Neuroscience, Genetics, or a related field is required by the start date of the appointment.

General Qualifications:
  • 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
  • High level of motivation and curiosity to drive a research project
  • Strong communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to work with others as part of a team, including both teaching and learning from others

Preferred Technical Qualifications:
  • Experience with the mouse model or inner ear 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
  • Proficiency with image analysis software (e.g. Image J, photoshop and Imaris).

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.

This is an Exempt level, benefited position. For information on the benefits at UVA, visit hr.virginia.edu/benefits .

This position will remain open until filled. This position will not sponsor applicants for work visas. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

This position is a restricted position and is dependent upon project need, availability of funding and performance. This is a 12-month appointment with the possibility of renewal in one-year increments, contingent upon satisfactory performance and the availability of funding.

To Apply:

Please apply through Workday , and search for R0041151 . 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.

References will be completed via UVA’s standardized process Skill Survey. A total of five references will be requested via Skill Survey during the final phase of the interview process.

For questions about the application process, please contact Yelena Markazyan, Recruiter Specialist 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/ .

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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