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Postdoctoral Associate – Neurotechnology, Protein Engineering, Viral Gene Delivery at University of Minnesota (Minneapolis, Minnesota)

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Location: University of Minnesota, Twin Cities – Minneapolis, Minnesota

Deadline: June 08 2016

DescriptionThe Schmidt Lab is seeking postdoctoral associates with an interest in protein engineering, virology, and molecular neuroscience to join a BRAIN Initiative-funded project, which develops a broadly useful and first-in-class viral gene delivery technology.

Our agenda is to fundamentally change how cell-type specific genetic manipulation is achieved. By engineering viral vectors and capsids, we remove remove legacy constraints of evolution that hamper highly selective delivery of viral payloads, and implement cell targeting in the brain based on user-selective tropism towards specific sets of ion channels and receptors.

As a team member you will help us overcome current barriers to building a unified taxonomy of neural cell types, enable completely new ways of exploring molecular and cellular mechanisms of neural activity, and test the potential of precision viral gene delivery for translation into the clinic.

Applicants from neuroscience, virology, cell biology & biochemistry, (biomedical) engineering and related fields are welcome. We are a Twin Cities start-up laboratory in which you will find the freedom and resources to succeed, and the mentorship to become a well-rounded independent researcher.

Requirements:

Essential qualifications include a Ph.D. biological sciences, neuroscience, bioengineering or recent PhD graduate (within past 2 years). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

Applicants should attach a cover letter, curriculum vitae, a description of their research program and a list of 3 potential references.

How to apply:

Apply with your CV and contact information for three references. You can email me (Daniel Schmidt, schmida@umn.edu) directly. Include a summary of your previous projects, where you see your research headed, what techniques and perspectives you can contribute to our group, and your thoughts on how working with me will advance your career goals.

How to Apply: Applicants must apply online at: //www1.umn.edu/ohr/employment/.  Click on the appropriate tab under “Search & Apply for Openings”, enter 309052 into the “Keywords” field, click the “Search” tab. 

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