Mechanisms and medicine for Alzheimer’s disease using C. elegans

The Pierce-Shimomura and Ben-Yakar labs at the University of Texas at Austin have recently won a NIH Director’s Transformative Research Award to discover new drugs to prevent neurodgeneration and natural aging using our novel worm models of disease and by developing novel optical, microfluidic, and genetic tools. See ( ) and ( ). As part of this project, the Pierce-Shimomura lab in the Section of Neurobiology offers an immediate position for a postdoctoral scholar with experience in molecular biology to study the molecular and cellular mechanisms in Alzheimer’s disease with our novel worm models. The position also requires working synergistically with members of the Ben-Yakar lab to help screen through chemical libraries for drugs that delay or prevent neurodegeneration.
Web pages for Pierce-Shimomura and Ben-Yakar labs at the University of Texas at Austin are below:

Applicants must have a Ph.D. and less than three years of postdoctoral experience in genetics, molecular biology or an equivalent subject area. Experience performing genetic studies in a model organism is required and C. elegans experience is preferred.

The Pierce-Shimomura lab offers a vibrant research environment on diverse topics in C. elegans neuroscience using molecular, genetic, optogenetic, calcium imaging, patch-clamp physiology, and quantitative behavioral techniques. Austin is located in the Texas hill country and is widely recognized as one of America’s most beautiful and liveable cities with inviting springs and a world famous music scene (e.g. ACL, SXSW, Fun Fun Fun Fest).

To apply submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, bibliography, and the names of three references with phone numbers by email to Dr. Jon Pierce-Shimomura: jonps[at]mail(dot)utexas{dot}edu
The University of Texas, Austin is an Equal Opportunity Employer that values diversity in its work force. Women and minorities are encouraged to apply; a background check will be conducted on applicant selected.