Postdoctoral Position in Understanding the Molecular Basis of Acquired Hearing Loss and Developing New Therapeutics
A fully funded POSTDOCTORAL POSITION is available immediately in the Hertzano Laboratory (https://www.hertzanolab.org/), at the Department of Otorhinolaryngology–Head Neck Surgery at the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM). The Department is a research-intensive department, ranked 10th in the USA for funding of Departments of Otolaryngology. The laboratory is located within the Institute for Genome Sciences of the UMSOM, at the newly built Health Science Facility III at the heart of the UMSOM campus.
The successful candidate will investigate the molecular basis of acquired hearing loss in a highly translational project centered on developing new treatments for noise-induced and age-related hearing loss and assessing sex differences in hearing. The project is broad and involves techniques ranging from functional and histological evaluation of inner ears from wild type and genetically engineered mice, to cutting-edge techniques in functional genomics.
Requirements: The ideal candidate is a highly ambitious individual with PhD in neuroscience, biochemistry or genetics/genomics. Experience with working with mice is essential. Experience in genomics or genomic analysis is not necessary–but welcomed. The candidate must be a team player, think critically, and must possess excellent oral and written communication skills.
Applications for the position should include a cover letter describing major achievements and skills, a curriculum vitae, writing sample (e.g. first author research paper), and contact information of three professional references. Please send the application material as a single PDF to Dr. Ronna Hertzano, firstname.lastname@example.org.
Review of applications will continue until the position is filled.
Employer Name: University of Maryland School of Medicine Position Location Baltimore, MD, USA.
Key words: Neuroscience, hearing loss, aging, molecular biology, functional genomics, mouse model.
Disclaimers: UMB is an equal opportunity employer.
Salary is highly competitive with accordance to NIH guidelines and includes fringe benefits as per University of Maryland policy.
Selected representative publications:
1. Elkon R, Milon B, Morrison L, Shah M, Vijayakumar S, Racherla M, Leitch CC, Silipino L, Hadi S, Weiss-Gayet M, Barras E, Schmid CD, Ait-Lounis A, Barnes A, Song Y, Eisenman DJ, Eliyahu E, Frolenkov GI, Strome SE, Durand B, Zaghloul NA, Jones SM, Reith W and Hertzano R. (2015) RFX transcription factors are essential for hearing in mice. Nat Commun. Oct 15;6:8549. PMCID: PMC4634137.
2. Milon B, Mitra S, Song Y, Margulies Z, Casserly R, Drake V, Mong JA, Depireux DA and Hertzano R (2018) The impact of biological sex on the response to noise and otoprotective therapies against acoustic injury in mice. Biology of Sex Differences. Mar 12;9(1):12.
3. Chessum L*, Matern M*, Kelly MC, Johnson SL, Ogawa Y, Milon B, McMurray M, Driver EC, Parker A, Song Y, Codner G, Esapa CT, Prescott J, Trent G, Wells S, Dragich AK, Frolenkov GI, Kelley MW, Marcotti W, Brown SDM, Elkon R, Bowl MR, and Hertzano R (2018) Ikzf2/helios is a key transcriptional regulator of outer hair cell maturation. Nature Nov;563(7733):696-700. PMCID: PMC6542691
4. Matern MS, Milon M, Lipford EL, McMurray M, Ogawa Y, Tkaczuk A, Song Y, Elkon R and Hertzano R (2020) GFI1 Functions to Repress Neuronal Gene Expression in the Developing Inner Ear Hair Cells. Development 2020 Sep 11;147(17):dev186015. doi: 10.1242/dev.186015.
5. Hertzano R, Gwilliam K, Rose KP, Milon B and Matern M (2020) Cell Type-Specific Expression Analysis of the Inner Ear – A Technical Report. The Laryngoscope (Triologic Thesis) Jun 24.
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