Post-doc position available – autism spectrum disorders

Job no: 476089
Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Human Medicine
Department: Pediatrics And Human Development 10022641
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: Grand Rapids
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Research/Scientific

Position Summary

Daniel Campbell, Assistant Professor in the Michigan State University College of Human Medicine Department of Pediatrics and Human Development, studies the impact of genetic and environmental factors on brain development in autism spectrum disorders (ASD). A major focus of Dr. Campbell’s research is the long noncoding RNA’s — genes that are transcribed from DNA but not translated into protein. In the human brain noncoding RNA’s have been overlooked. However, Dr. Campbell’s research was the first to show that an ASD associated genetic variant implicates a specific long noncoding RNA (Science Translational Medicine, 2012). His laboratory’s research has established the effects of manipulated expression of the ASD-associated long noncoding RNA in human neurons on neuronal architecture and gene expression (Genes, 2016Developmental Neuroscience, 2016). His research involves identifying al long noncoding RNA’s expressed in human neurons, a goal that had not previously been realized (Frontiers in Neuroscience, 2015).

An additional interest to Dr. Campbell is gene-environment interactions that contribute to ASD risk. His group was the first to show specific gene-environment interaction between the gene MET and air pollution that independently contributes to risk of ASD (Epidemiology, 2014). Ongoing experiments seek to determine the impact of air pollution on gene expression in human neurons.

The successful candidate will work on studies related to these topics, and will have the opportunity to development their own projects and ideas.
This is a fixed-term position. Appointments will be on a 12-month basis with the option to reappoint per the prerogative of the principal investigator.

Desired Qualifications

  • Highly motivated candidates with good organizational skills are preferred.
  • Candidates should have experience and be comfortable working with animal and human tissue/bodily fluids.
  • Willingness to take on new challenges and develop new ideas independently and as a team is a plus.

Required Degree – Doctorate – Related field
Required Application Materials – CV and cover letter
Special Instructions – Review of applications will begin November 28, 2017 and continue until the position is filled.
Summary of Health Risks – Exposure to blood, serum, or bodily fluids. Exposure to unfixed animal tissue.

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