Postdoctoral Fellow or Staff Scientist – Auditory Neuroscience
Northwestern University / Washington University
Position: The laboratories of Jeff Savas (Northwestern University, Chicago) and Mark Rutherford (Washington University, St. Louis) are looking for postdoctoral fellows or staff scientists / research associates to lead an ongoing research program on mechanisms of excitotoxicity in acquired hearing loss. The project includes a focus on AMPA-type glutamate receptor pore-forming and auxiliary subunits in the cochlea. This is an opportunity to contribute to a serious public health challenge by developing and implementing approaches at the frontier of cochlear proteomics and pharmacodynamics in an exciting and highly collaborative research environment. Please see recent publications from the lab for a sense of our previous auditory research (PMC5296798, PMC7722268, PMC9386149, PMC6554621, PMC8287724, PMC6620899).
Qualifications: A PhD in Neuroscience, Biology, Biomedical Engineering, or related field is required. The ideal candidate will have an interdisciplinary research background with experience in some of the following: synapse anatomy and function, protein biochemistry, histological analysis of mouse cochlea, and ABR testing of cochlear function. Computational skills are a plus. Desire to work independently and in groups is essential.
Our laboratories employ techniques of auditory functional testing, cellular electrophysiology, systems biology, proteomics, protein biochemistry, histology, immunofluorescence, and quantitative image analysis. In this NIH funded project, with performance sites including Northwestern University and Washington University, the team seeks to define the full complement of AMPA-type glutamate receptor pore-forming and auxiliary subunits in the cochlea, for targeting with small molecule therapy to treat noise-induced hearing loss.
Appointment: The position is funded through an R01 grant. Salaries follow NIH post-doctoral scale and are based on experience.
Please send a curriculum vitae to:
Jeff Savas, PhD
Department of Neurology
Chicago, IL, USA
Mark Rutherford, PhD
Department of Otolaryngology
Washington University School of Medicine
St. Louis, MO, USA