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Postdoctoral Fellow

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Location: Bellingham, WA
Categories: College of Humanities & Social Science, Research – Scientific

Position Title Postdoctoral Fellow
About the University Western Washington University, with over 15,000 students in seven colleges and the graduate school, is nationally recognized for its educational programs, students and faculty. The campus is located in Bellingham, Washington, a coastal community of 83,000 overlooking Bellingham Bay, the San Juan Islands and the North Cascades Mountain range. The city lies 90 miles north of Seattle and 60 miles south of Vancouver, British Columbia. Western is the highest-ranking public, master’s-granting university in the Pacific Northwest, according to the 2017 U.S. News & World Report rankings.
About the Department The College of Humanities and Social Sciences and the Psychology Department support Western’s mission to bring together individuals of diverse backgrounds and perspectives in an inclusive, student-centered university that develops the potential of learners and the well-being of communities. We encourage applications from women, people of color, people with disabilities, veterans, and other candidates from underrepresented backgrounds and with diverse experiences interested in this opportunity.
About the Position

As our Postdoctoral Fellow, you will be studying the consequences of Huntingtin lowering, using a variety of techniques in the Carroll lab.  

Your responsibilities will include:

  • Training and assisting other lab personnel with experimental work
  • Analyzing data, reading the literature and writing reports and manuscripts
  • Conducting laboratory experiments 
Required Qualifications
  • A deep understanding of the neurobiology of neurodegenerative diseases, ideally including mouse models of these diseases
  • Laboratory Mouse Skills - including: basic animal husbandry, behavioral experience, intraperitoneal injections, blood collection, tissue harvesting, brain microdissection
  • Molecular Biology Skills - including: DNA, RNA and protein isolation, western blotting, immunohistochemistry, quantitative real-time polymerase chain reations, plymearase chain reaction, basic molecular cloning techniques, cell culture experience
  • Microscopy Skills - experience with light, immunofluorescence and confocal microscopy
  • PhD in neuroscience or related field with a research focus on neurodegenerative diseases
  • Ability to work independently with minimal supervision on long-term projects
  • Ability to advise and train students, both undergraduate and graduate, as well as technicians in lab techniques
  • Ability to pursue the scientific literature and contribute novel insights into the planning and execution of future experiments
  • Strong written and interpersonal communication skills
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with the R statistical programming language
  • Experience with genome-wide quantification of transcript abundance, ideally using RNA sequencing techniques
  • An interest in neuroscience education, for both undergraduates and the public
Salary Commensurate with experience and qualifications
Application Instructions

A cover letter and resume are required and should address your experience related to the position responsibilities and the required and preferred qualifications.

Please include the names and contact information of three professional references.

Closing Date Notes Application review begins August 17; position is open until filled

Western Washington University (WWU) is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer committed to assembling a diverse, broadly trained faculty and staff. Women, minorities, people with disabilities and veterans are strongly encouraged to apply. In compliance with applicable laws and in furtherance of its commitment to fostering an environment that welcomes and embraces diversity, WWU does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex (including pregnancy and parenting status), disability, age, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, marital status or genetic information in its programs or activities, including employment, admissions, and educational programs. See WWU’s Policy on Ensuring Equal Opportunity and Prohibiting Discrimination and Retaliation. Inquiries may be directed to the Vice Provost for Equal Opportunity and Employment Diversity, Title IX and ADA Coordinator, Equal Opportunity Office, Western Washington University, Old Main 345 (MS 9021), 516 High Street, Bellingham, WA 98225; 360.650.3307 (voice) or 711 (Washington Relay);

WWU is committed to providing reasonable accommodations to qualified individuals with disabilities upon request. To request this document in an alternate format or to request an accommodation, please contact Human Resources Disability Services, 360.650.3774 or 711 (Washington Relay).

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