University of Utah
One postdoctoral position is available immediately in the laboratory of Dr. Albert Park in the Department of Otolaryngology-Head and Neck Surgery.
Our mission: Congenital cytomegalovirus (cCMV) is the most common infectious cause of sensorineural hearing loss (SNHL). With a prevalence of approximately 0.5%, it is estimated that 20,000 congenitally infected neonates are born in the U.S. annually. Almost 400 children die each year from this disease, and approximately 7,000 develop permanent disabilities. The most common permanent disability is hearing loss. It is estimated to account for at least 20% of SNHL in young children. This hearing loss has detrimental effects on speech and language development and incurs the major cost associated with cCMV infection, which has been estimated to be $4 billion a year. Unfortunately the pathogenesis of CMV induced hearing loss is poorly understood. Our long-term goal is to develop a thorough understanding of this condition to develop more effective and novel treatments. We use a broad range of techniques from genetics, immunology, virology, neurophysiological and molecular studies in vivo and in vitro, using tissue culture, and mouse models.
Job description: Full-time postdoctoral position leading projects related to the translational approaches to improve hearing in novel CMV mouse models; characterization of inner ear and function, morphology in mouse models. These projects will require knowledge/additional training in inner ear biology, cell biology, confocal/scanning electron microscopy, and immunology amongst other techniques. Candidates are expected to be fairly independent in the areas of experimental design, data gathering and analysis as well as manuscript and grant preparation. Applicants must have excellent written and oral English communication skills, as well as strong presentation and interpersonal skills and the ability to work in a diverse and collaborative research and training environment.
Ideal candidates are highly motivated graduates of a PhD program in neurobiology, hearing science, biomedical engineering, audiology, cellular or molecular biology, or related field with some experience in working with animal models, ideally characterizing hearing disorders. Experience in inner ear, functional analysis, and a strong publication record are helpful.
Environment: The laboratory is part of the Department of Surgery and Division of Otolaryngology Head and Neck Surgery at the University of Utah. The lab is housed at the University of Utah. The University has state of the art electrophysiologic testing, confocal, scanning and transmission electron microscopy, proteomics, flow cytometry, immunology, animal and sequencing facilities. We have the skills and expertise to perform in-depth functional analyses of auditory dysfunction in mice. The team consists of undergraduates, graduate students, post docs, residents and surgeons working together on CMV related basic science and translational studies.
Benefits: Stipend follows the NIH recommended guidelines and full health benefits. Standardized leave – 15 days annual leave, 12 days sick leave, 2 days personal leave and ~10 days holiday leave (determined annually by the university). Postdocs will ideally participate and present in one annual meeting a year, as determined by the PI, contingent on productivity. The postdoctoral appointment is renewed on an annual basis contingent on performance and available funding.
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