Postdoctoral Research Associate Position Open in the Schindler Lab (Department of Neurology) in fluid biomarker assay development.
The Schindler Lab is seeking a postdoctoral research associate to analyze high performance blood- and cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers of Alzheimer disease (AD).
In the last three years there has been rapid development of blood-based biomarkers for brain amyloidosis (Aß42/Aß40), tau pathology (phosphorylated tau [pTau] isoforms) and neurodegeneration (neurofilament light chain protein [NfL]). By using a combination of blood-based biomarkers that reflect aspects of AD pathology, it may be possible to use a single blood sample to predict current or future symptomatic AD.
It is critical to understand that while brain amyloidosis is strongly associated with AD dementia, brain amyloidosis is not synonymous with AD dementia. For a given level of brain amyloidosis, the expression of symptoms is likely modified by other pathologies, such as the extent of tau pathology and neurodegeneration. Further, the concept of resilience suggests that at a given burden of pathology, individual factors may influence the expression of symptoms. These factors may include age, sex, educational attainment, level of social engagement, and medical comorbidities. Statistical models that link biomarker levels with cognitive and clinical measures can transform a biomarker test into a test for current or future symptomatic AD.
We now seek a postdoctoral fellow with strong statistical skills to analyze high performance blood- and cerebrospinal fluid biomarkers of Alzheimer disease (AD), including plasma Aß42/Aß40, pTau isoforms, and NfL. Questions will include the correspondence of these markers with brain amyloidosis and symptomatic AD.
The postdoctoral researcher will have the opportunity to work with world leaders in AD research, including experts in fluid biomarkers, brain imaging, genetics, and cognitive assessments. In addition to high-quality research facilities, career and professional development training for postdoctoral researchers is provided through the Career Center, Teaching Center, Office of Postdoctoral Affairs, and campus groups.
More information on being a postdoc at Washington University in St. Louis can be found at postdoc.wustl.edu/prospective-postdocs .
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PRIMARY DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITIES:
The postdoctoral fellow will train under the mentorship of Dr. Suzanne Schindler and Dr. Yan Li, with additional training from other lab members. The postdoctoral research associate will have the following responsibilities: Manages their own project, which should lead to a first author publication. Develops expertise in analyzing biomarker data. Develops proficiency in career skills, including writing, public speaking, networking, and critical evaluation of scientific literature. Presents scientific work both inside and outside the University with excellent oral communication skills. Assists with grant preparation and reporting. Prepares and submits papers on research with excellent writing skills. Designs research experiments. Evaluates research findings and reports results. Maintains conscientious discharge of their research responsibilities. Maintains conformity with ethical standards in research. Maintains compliance with good laboratory practice, including the maintenance of adequate research records. Engages in open and timely discussion with their mentor regarding possession or distribution of material, reagents, or records belonging to their laboratory and any proposed disclosure of findings or techniques privately or in publications. Maintains collegial conduct towards co-trainees, staff members and members of the research group. Adheres to all applicable University policies, procedures and regulations. All data, research records and materials and other intellectual property generated in University laboratories remain the property of the University.
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