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06 - School of Medicine
Essential Functions (Job Duties)
A Postdoctoral position is available in the Molecular Anatomy of Central Sensory Systems (MACS) Laboratory of Dr. Avril Holt at Wayne State University. Studies focus on neural circuitry and mechanisms of hearing and vestibular function. The postdoctoral fellow will lead a project to investigate the influence of noise on central pathways related to vestibular function.
The purpose of the Postdoctoral Scholar position is to provide individuals who have recently (within the past 6 years) completed a doctoral degree with a full-time program of advanced academic preparation and research training under the guidance of a supervising Faculty Mentor.
Essential Functions will include:
Perform scientific techniques or research protocols. Assist the Principal Investigator in designing and performing protocols. Design and perform experiments. Collect and log research data. Participate in implementing research objectives, ensuring compliance with all legal, regulatory and protocol guidelines. Assist other lab members with experiments as required. May mentor research assistants and students.
With the assistance of the mentor, find and write research grants with the goal of obtaining additional research grant funding. Responsibilities may also include coordinating correspondence with applicants and grantees, acknowledging receipts of proposals, and maintaining a system to track proposals.
Evaluate and perform preliminary analysis of the data using graphs, charts or tables to highlight the key points of the research results collected in accordance with the research protocols as stipulated.
Prepare and present presentations regarding research project results for professional, scientific and academic conferences. Summarize and organize data results for submittal to academic and scholarly, peer-reviewed journals. Write scientific manuscripts and other documents for publication. Fact-check, proofread, and edit research documents to ensure accuracy.
Maintain the laboratory work areas including routine maintenance on laboratory equipment as required. Order and organize required research supplies and records. Maintain cleanliness and organization of work station.
Perform other related duties as assigned.
This position is designed to prepare the postdoctoral researcher for developing and attaining an independent research program. The postdoctoral researcher will have access to numerous opportunities for professional development, including support for submitting pilot studies and competitive grant applications as well as workshops on writing and grantsmanship (https://gradschool.wayne.edu/postdocs/career).
Requires advanced knowledge in a field of science or learning, predominantly intellectual in character. This knowledge is acquired by a prolonged course of specialized intellectual instruction.
Intermediate (3 to 4 years job-related experience)
Job related experience can include doctorate training. Experience performing basic research techniques, preferred. Must have distinguished themselves in research. Prior recipient of funding for research based on individual achievements.
Knowledge, Skills and Abilities
Ability to work independently. Ability to secure grants and funding for research. Ability to collect, analyze, summarize and interpret research findings in reports and communicate results to the field. Knowledge of and experience with current scientific integrity principles. Excellent time management and organization skills. Excellent interpersonal skills and demonstrated ability to work with others in a collaborative environment. Microsoft office software skills.
Experience with one or more of the following techniques is preferred: qRT-PCR, molecular genetics, MRI, and/or microscopy.
PhD in neuroscience, neurophysiology, biomedical engineering, or a related field.
Experience in rodent research.
Recent completion of doctoral degree.
Highly motivated, well organized, inquisitive candidates are sought. Experience with one or more of the following techniques is preferred: auditory/vestibular physiology, qRT-PCR, molecular genetics, MRI.
The successful applicant will have excellent writing and analytical skills. The most well-qualified applicant will be a problem solver who seeks and identifies resources to achieve project goals.
Wayne State University requires all students, faculty and staff to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19 with limited exceptions. Learn more at: https://wayne.edu/coronavirus
Typical work environment may include a laboratory and/or office environment. May require working non-standard business hours including evenings and weekends. May be required to travel to scientific conferences.
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University policy requires certain persons who are offered employment to undergo a background check, including a criminal history check, before starting to work. If you are offered employment, the University will inform you if a background check is required.
Instructions for submitting your application:
Application must include a cover letter describing goals of postdoctoral fellowship, an updated C.V. and NIH biosketch, and names/contact information of at least three references.
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