Postdoctoral Researcher - MacDonald Lab

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Job # 075503 Job Title Postdoctoral Researcher - MacDonald Lab Location Syracuse University Pay Range Commensurate with Experience FLSA Status Exempt Hours


Job Type Full-time Rank Post Doc Campus Syracuse, NY Unionized Position Code Not Applicable Job Description

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Jessica MacDonald in the Department of Biology at Syracuse
University. The broad goal of the research in our lab is to understand genetic and epigenetic mechanisms that regulate
development and function of the neocortex, and how life-long environmental exposures (such as nutritional factors) intersect
with fixed genetic susceptibilities to alter neuronal development and cognitive function. We are particularly interested in
disruptions in these mechanisms that lead to neurodevelopmental disorders, and one current focus of the lab is the severe
neurological disorder Rett syndrome, caused by mutations in the epigenetic regulator MeCP2. We are identifying molecular
and cellular pathways that are disrupted in this disorder, and investigating potential therapeutic avenues that target these
disrupted pathways to ameliorate Rett syndrome phenotypes.


A PhD in Neuroscience or a related field is required, and the candidate should have a demonstrated history of, and potential
for, research excellence.

Job Specific Qualifications

Preference will be give to candidates with a strong background in developmental neuroscience and molecular biology.
Experience with primary cell culture, murine surgical approaches and / or next-gen sequencing would be beneficial.


The successful candidate will work closely with Dr. MacDonald in all aspects of project development and reporting. The
candidate will also be expected to work as part of a team, and to provide mentoring to graduate students and
undergraduates working in the research group.

Physical Requirements Tools/Equipment Application Instructions

In addition to completing an online application, please attach a curriculum vitae and cover letter.

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Quick Link Job Posting Date 12/18/2020 Application Deadline Open Until Filled Yes Priority Consideration Job Category Faculty Message to Applicants

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