Postdoctoral Associate (Endo-Diabetes Research)
Job posting number: #7062469 (Ref:R100036393)
Posted: November 25, 2019
Application Deadline: Open Until Filled
Job DescriptionThe Department of Medicine - Endo-Diabetes at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine, has an exciting opportunity for a Postdoctoral Associate. This Postdoctoral Associate position will support Dr. Alejandro Caicedo with his investigations that focus on the role autonomic innervation plays in regulating hormone secretion from the human pancreatic islet.
The duties and responsibilities for this position may include, but are not limited to:
Identify the anatomical and functional innervation of the human pancreatic islet using an experimental model in which human islets are transplanted into the eye of immune deficient mice for non-invasive longitudinal in vivo imaging.
In this humanized mouse model, stimulate the autonomic nervous input to transplanted human islets and measure its effects on hormone secretion and glucose metabolism.
Using this humanized mouse model, identify the cellular and molecular mechanisms by which autonomic nervous input controls hormone secretion from the human islet in vivo.
Designing, performing and analyzing experiments in collaboration with Dr. Alejandro Caicedo.
A broad range of activities will be expected, including noninvasive in vivo imaging of islet cell biology, in vivo Ca2+ imaging, and surgical procedures to manipulate nervous input to the anterior chamber of the eye.
Reviewing relevant scientific literature; preparing written reports of experimental results and keeping detailed laboratory books. Record and document the collected data and perform analyses by employing provided analytical tools. Prepare manuscripts for publication.
Contribute to decisions on experimental approaches, data analysis strategies and publication strategies.
Weekly implementation of projections, in consultation with Dr. Alejandro Caicedo.
Islet culture and maintenance, mouse colony maintenance, dissection and physiological experiments with rodents.
Set-up instruments, material, apparatus and operate laboratory equipment required for specific assays.
Assist in solving problems related to equipment and data analysis.
Ph.D. or other doctoral degree in a life science discipline or M.D. Prefer at least one (1) year relevant work related experience with evidence of tangible contributions to the dissemination of new research information. Strong scientific background in molecular physiology and demonstrated scientific problem solving ability and creativity. Experience in noninvasive in vivo imaging is highly desired. Candidates should also have excellent communication skills and publication records, should have obtained funding as postdoctoral fellows, and must be able to work in a highly collaborative manner. Skill in collecting, organizing, and analyzing data. Ability to recognize, analyze, and solve a variety of problems. Ability to exercise sound judgment in making critical decisions.
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