Post-doctoral Fellow - Neurodegeneration
OMRF is an independent, not-for-profit biomedical research institute adjacent to the University of Oklahoma Health Sciences Center (OUHSC) campus in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma City offers a dynamic and flourishing downtown area, with low cost of living, short commute times and a diversified economy.
OMRF's excellence can only be fully realized by individuals who share our commitment to diversity, equity and inclusion. Successful candidates will demonstrate commitment to these values. OMRF is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to gender, sexual orientation, gender identity, race, color, national origin, age, religion, disability, veteran status or any other legally protected characteristic.
We are looking for a self-motivated, creative postdoctoral fellow to join the Beckstead Lab to study changes in basal ganglia function associated with neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinsons and Alzheimers. The successful candidate will perform experiments in support of the labs multiple projects studying neurodegeneration, which may include electrophysiology, behavior, cell type specific techniques such as opto- and chemo-genetics, and immunohistochemistry. They will be expected to present their data in lab meeting each week and represent the lab by presenting their work in seminars and poster presentations multiple times per year. The candidate will be expected to perform data analysis, prepare manuscripts from their work, write grants and communicate effectively both orally and in writing. They will also be expected to demonstrate leadership skills and to mentor students and guide/direct the work of less senior scientists. The candidate will be expected to modify experimental protocols where needed and troubleshoot problems with lab equipment. Finally, the candidate will be expected to work independently with a high degree of skill, and also to request help specifically from the lab head when needed.
The Aging & Metabolism research group at OMRF provides a strong environment for training in the Biology of Aging and Geroscience. We work closely with members of the Reynolds Oklahoma Center on Aging and other neuroscientists and neurodegeneration investigators at OUHSC. The cross-institution collaboration has recently yielded training grant funding from the National Institute on Aging (Geroscience Training in Oklahoma, T32 AG052363) as well as one of only six Nathan Shock Centers of Excellence in Basic Biology of Aging (P30 AG050911). Additionally, OMRF recently received the award as the top large employer in the state of Oklahoma for the third time in the last five years.
Ph.D. in a biological science, chemistry, physics or other relevant area, M.D., or equivalent.OMRF has mandated the COVID-19 vaccine for all employees, excluding those with an approved medical or religious accommodation, as a condition of employment. Applicants must have received, or be willing to receive, a COVID-19 vaccine by their start date to be considered for employmen