Postdoc-GPCR Signaling in Metabolic Regulation-IU School of Medicine Department of Pediatrics, USA (Indianapolis)


Location: Indianapolis, IN

Deadline: 20/07/2016


The laboratory of Dr. Hongxia Ren at the Indiana University Diabetes Center has an opening for a PhD and/or MD postdoctoral research scientist to work in the field of diabetes and obesity. This is a NIH-funded position to study the functional mechanisms of G protein-coupled receptor (GPCR) signaling in metabolic regulation. Research in Ren lab aims to: address how the GPCR signaling regulates metabolism to maintain energy balance and glucose homeostasis; functionally characterize the organization of the neural circuitry involving GPCR signaling in hypothalamus. The lab employs cutting-edge multidisciplinary approaches, which include hormone sensitivity and metabolite level measurement, physiological assays to gauge glucose metabolism, immunohistochemistry staining, pharmaco-genetics, optogenetics / chemogenetics, electrophysiology, and molecular and cell biology tools.

Candidates must have a recent Ph.D. and/or MD degree in physiology, neuroscience, endocrinology, mouse genetics, cell biology, or a related discipline, preferably with documented experience in metabolism research. Experience in GPCR signaling and neuroscience technologies is advantageous but not necessary, as appropriate training and supervision will be provided as needed. Applicant should have strong self-motivation, solid basic science training background, experience with hypothesis-driven research, good written and oral scientific communication skills, and the ability to work both independently and in a multidisciplinary team-oriented environment. This is an excellent opportunity for post-doctoral fellows to participate in the exciting research programs, work closely with a group of energetic young researchers, and be part of the burgeoning metabolic research themes at Indiana University. The Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases is an NIH funded Diabetes Research Center and is a highly interactive and diverse research environment with a strong history of mentoring and career development of junior scientists.  In addition to a rich research environment, the Center and School of Medicine provide numerous scientific seminar series, career development workshops, and the opportunity to interact with a diverse pool of excellent scientists.

How to apply

Interested individuals are encouraged to send an electronic copy of your curriculum vitae, a statement of research summarizing your major achievement and career goals, and a brief cover letter including the name and contact information of three references to: Hongxia Ren, Ph.D., Department of Pediatrics, Section of Endocrinology and Diabetology, Center for Diabetes and Metabolic Diseases, Indiana University School of Medicine, 635 Barnhill Drive, MS 2021, Indianapolis, IN  46202, E-mail:

Indiana University School of Medicine is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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