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Research Associate in Biology - Charlottesville - 22911

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Earlysville, Virginia, US
Closing date
Oct 23, 2021

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Academic / Research
Conservation science
Genetics, Biology
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Employment Type
Full time
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A post-doctoral Research Associate position is available in the Hirsh Lab in the Department of Biology at the University of Virginia. The successful candidate will be a motivated and creative individual to investigate molecular and behavioral responses to dopamine deficiency in fruit fly and mouse models. The research associate will engage in cutting edge research to identify genetic pathways that aid in compensation for dopamine loss in models relevant to the delayed pathogenesis in early human Parkinson's Disease.
The research associate will identify transcriptome changes in isolated dopamine neurons in response to in vivo lack of dopamine and will then have the ability meld the Drosophila data with comparable data from mouse, and to test the functional relevance of these changes. The research associate will receive training in Drosophila genetics and neurogenetics if necessary.
QUALIFICATIONS: Completion of a PhD degree in Biology or a related discipline is required at time of appointment. Published expertise in at least one of the following areas is required: model organism development or neuroscience, RNA SEQ transcriptome studies, and/or single cell sequencing techniques. The project requires strong organizational, communication, and leadership skills as the candidate is expected to play a prominent role in the laboratory as a mentor for both graduate and undergraduate students.
APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at [] and attach:
* A cover letter that explains why you are interested in joining the Hirsh lab, your career goals, and a brief summary of your relevant research experience (max. 2 pages)
* Curriculum vitae
* Contact information for three (3) references. Listing them on this site represents permission to contact them unless you specify otherwise.
Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the CV box.
APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on August 30, 2021, but the position will remain open until filled. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.
This is a one-year appointment that may be renewed for up to two additional one-year terms, contingent upon available funding and satisfactory performance.
For additional information about the position, please contact Jay Hirsh, Professor, .

For questions about the application process, please contact Rich Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at
For more information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at UVA, visit [] and [].
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NOTE: Some medical and safety-sensitive positions require vaccination and are not eligible for an exemption. For more information on how the vaccination and testing requirements will apply to you at your work location, see the UVA New Hire Vaccination Requirements [] webpage.
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