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Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Neurodevelopment and Organoid Models

Arizona State University

Arizona State University

Washington, DC, USA
Posted on Wednesday, June 5, 2024

Arizona State University: Office of the University Provost Tempe: Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering: School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering


Tempe Campus - Arizona State University

Open Date

Nov 17, 2023


The Ira A. Fulton Schools of Engineering at Arizona State University (ASU) and the laboratory of Dr. Madeline Andrews, located in the School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, invite applications for the Postdoctoral Research Scholar position in the area of Regenerative Medicine Center. The School of Biological and Health Systems Engineering, one of the eight Fulton Schools, houses a vibrant multidisciplinary bioengineering research community (Learn more at https://research.engineering.asu.edu/).

The Andrews Lab utilizes in vitro cell models, like pluripotent stem cell-derived neural organoids, and in vivo rodent systems to study features of neural development and disease. The postdoctoral fellow will investigate the contribution of the cortical microenvironment related to cell-interactions, signaling mechanisms, nutrient accessibility, and metabolism in the developing neural niche. The goals of these studies are to define alterations in early molecular programs in neurodevelopmental disorders and improve human in vitro models. Hardworking and highly motivated candidates who employ critical thinking skills, creative approaches, and work well in an inclusive scientific team are encouraged to apply. This position requires a PhD in developmental biology, neuroscience, bioengineering, computational biology, or a related discipline. Experience with pluripotent stem cell culture and/or bioinformatics are encouraged.

Essential duties of the position:

The Postdoctoral Research Scholar position is for a funded project as directed by the principal investigator, Dr. Madeline Andrews. Activities will include routine maintenance and differentiation of pluripotent stem cell lines, molecular cloning, dynamic microscopy, single-cell RNA sequencing, mass spectrometry, and analysis of large omics datasets. The Postdoctoral Research Scholar will be responsible for organizing and presenting data as part of laboratory meetings, conferences, and scientific manuscripts. The postdoctoral trainee will receive training in grant writing and be encouraged to apply for individual fellowship opportunities.

Working Environment:

· Collaborative, fast-paced research environment in an open-concept lab space where neighboring groups have complementary expertise in stem cell biology, neuroscience, genome engineering, and bioengineering.

· The lab space is located near the Regenerative Medicine Core, which includes state-of-the-art equipment, resources, and technical support for research.

· The Andrews lab prioritizes collegial interactions and supports engagement in high-quality science through respectful and constructive collaborations.


Required Qualifications:

· PhD in developmental biology, computational biology, bioengineering, neuroscience, or related discipline.

Desired Qualifications:

· Track record of high-quality publications

· Experience with pluripotent stem cell culture, informatics, or omics approaches

· Self-driven and motivated

· Respectful and inclusive of colleagues in a diverse, interdisciplinary community

· Scientific communication and presentation skills

Application Instructions

To apply, visit https://hiring.engineering.asu.edu/ and select “apply now” next to the corresponding position. Candidates will be asked to create or use an existing Interfolio Dossier to submit the following:

· Cover letter (describing their scientific interests, research experience, and career goals).

· Curriculum Vitae

· Contact information for three professional references

The ASU Charter states, “ASU is a comprehensive public research university, measured not by whom it excludes, but by whom it includes and how they succeed; advancing research and discovery of public value; and assuming fundamental responsibility for the economic, social, cultural and overall health of the communities it serves.” The Fulton Schools of Engineering are dedicated to cultivating excellence, delivering innovation that matters, encouraging bold thinking, fostering a community of learning and collaboration and building a foundation for all to be successful. Applicants are encouraged to address how their past, current and future activities align with the ASU Charter and Fulton Schools of Engineering values in their application materials.

For additional information regarding position specifics, please contact Dr. Madeline Andrews via email at mgandrew@asu.edu.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

(See https://www.asu.edu/aad/manuals/acd/acd401.html and https://www.asu.edu/titleIX/.)

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