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Postdoctoral Scholar
Area:   Neuroscience
Position Title:   Postdoctoral Scholar
Position Code:   ASNS4723A
Status:   Closed
Description:   The University of California, Merced is a dynamic new university campus in Merced, California, which opened in September 2005 as the tenth campus of the University of California and the first American research university in the 21st century. In keeping with the mission of the University to provide teaching, research and public service of the highest quality, UC Merced offers research-centered and student-oriented educational opportunities at the undergraduate, master’s and doctoral levels through three academic schools: Engineering, Natural Sciences and Social Sciences/Humanities/Arts.

A position for a postdoctoral scholar is available in the laboratory of Dr. Masashi Kitazawa. The position will include studying the role of immune cells in the pathogenesis of neurodegenerative diseases such as frontotemporal dementia, Alzheimer's disease, and a neuromuscular disease called inclusion body myopathy. This represents a very exciting and important but understudied area in the neurobiology field. The lab employs novel genetically modified mouse tools, in combination with primary cultures and immortalized cell cultures, and viral gene delivery.

Initial appointment will be one-year, with possible renewal on a year-to-year basis. Renewal of appointment is contingent on performance and availability of research funds.

The University of California, Merced is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of diversity among its faculty, staff, and students. The University is supportive of dual career couples.
Qualifications:   Candidates with a recent Ph.D. and/or M.D. in molecular neuroscience, genetics or a related field are encouraged to apply. Strong molecular biology and genetics skills, such as cloning and construction of AAV/LV, and/or in vivo techniques, including stereotactic surgery, primary cultures and behavioral tests, are a plus. Good communication and problem solving skills; ability to work well with fellows while building cooperative working relationships with faculty, staff and students; and skill to organize and prioritize a diversified workload with attention to detail and multiple deadlines are highly desirable.
Salary:   Based on the University of California Academic Salary Scale
Closing Date:   12/19/2013
To Apply:   Interested applicants are required to submit 1) a cover letter 2) curriculum vitae 3) a list of two references with contact information including phone number and e-mail address.

Please do not submit individual letters of recommendation.

Applications must be submitted via this website.

NOTICE: This position is not open. We are not accepting applications at this time.

As of January 1, 2014 the University of California, Merced will be a smoke and tobacco free workplace. Information and the Smoke and Tobacco Free policy is available at

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