Research Scientist in Biology

University of Virginia

Charlottesville, VA

Job posting number: #7068644

Posted: August 6, 2020

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

The Kucenas Lab at the University of Virginia has an immediate opening for a glial biologist in a Research Scientist role. Join our team and contribute to our innovative program investigating cellular and molecular mechanisms that govern glial development in the nervous system using zebrafish as a model. Currently in the lab, we are investigating: 1) the development and maintenance of nervous system transition zones, 2) the molecular mechanisms that mediate glial tiling, 3) elucidating the glial heterogeneity present in both the CNS and PNS and 4) the role of glia in nervous system disease and regeneration. This position, supported by The Owens Family Foundation and the NIH, involves basic and translational research using zebrafish and we are seeking an enthusiastic, focused and creative candidate to join our team.

We invite applications from creative researchers with zebrafish glial expertise to play a leading role in our research effort. Our group currently has one research scientist, two post-doctoral research associate, and five graduate students. The successful candidate can also participate in our collaborations with labs within UVA, as well elsewhere, and they will have the opportunity to develop new projects, proposals and publications. In addition, the researcher will take on a senior role in our laboratory at UVA. They will help train graduate and undergraduate students in the areas of glial biology, developmental neuroscience, as well as data acquisition and analysis.

QUALIFICATIONS: A Ph.D. in Neuroscience or a related discipline (i.e. Biology, Cell and Developmental Biology, etc.) with no less than four years of post-doctoral experience. Significant expertise in molecular biology techniques including DNA methodologies, PCR, CRISPR, genotyping, and complex construct cloning for the creation of new zebrafish lines. Additionally, at least four years of experience using zebrafish to study glial cells during development, expertise in in vivo imaging, and a record of publications that supports excellence in these areas.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at and attach the following items as a single complied PDF in the “Resume” field.

• A cover letter that explains why you are interested in joining the Kucenas Lab in this unique position, how the position fits into your career goals, and a brief summary of your relevant research experience (max. 2 pages).

• Curriculum vitae

• Contact information for three (3) references if not already included in the CV. Listing them here represents permission to contact them unless you specify otherwise in your cover letter.

Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the box.

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on September 6, 2020, and the position will remain open until filled. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

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