The Section on Protein Structure and Function (SPSF), Division of Intramural Research (DIR), National Eye Institute (NEI), National Institutes of Health (NIH) in Bethesda, Maryland, USA, is seeking a skilled and motivated Staff Scientist with strong expertise in biochemistry and neurotrophic factors for the retina.
The Staff Scientist will participate in experimental design, data collection, data analysis and manuscript preparation; assist intramural staff, including students and postdoctoral fellows, with experiments; stay current with scientific literature; stay informed about new approaches and technologies, including participation in conferences, workshops, and/or formal classroom instruction; independently locate and utilize scientific resources; and co-author peer reviewed publications.
The SPSF conducts basic studies on neurotrophic factors for the retina as they hold promise for clinical retino-protective treatments. The major aims of the section include an understanding of the chemistry, structure and biology of these molecules, including the elucidation of mechanisms of action, neurotrophic interactions, signaling pathways, and metabolomics, as they are important for the development of therapies based on these factors. Ongoing projects include studies on the SERPIN pigment epithelium-derived factor (PEDF), which acts in neuronal differentiation and survival, and prevents angiogenesis, tumor growth and metastasis. See https://irp.nih.gov/pi/s-patricia-becerra for more information.
The SPSF is within the Laboratory of Retinal and Molecular Biology (LRCMB) in the DIR, NEI. This laboratory conducts basic research in normal and abnormal functioning of the retina, other ocular tissues, and in retinal diseases, particularly those of a genetic nature. Together we form a dynamic and collaborative group with expertise in the biochemistry, molecular biology, cell biology, developmental biology, and physiology of the retina, and in ophthalmology. The successful candidate will benefit from interactions with expert scientists and use of cutting-edge technologies both within the NEI and across the NIH.
The ideal candidate will:
- Hold a PhD degree or equivalent, with 5+ years of significant postdoctoral experience and have proven record of publications that provide evidence of their expertise.
- Have significant experience in biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, cellular signaling, and/or metabolomics. Experience with lipid analyses is a plus.
- Have strong work ethic, and the ability to design projects within our research areas.
- Possess excellent oral and written communication skills in English, and recordkeeping skills.
- Salary will be commensurate with education and experience. A full benefits package is available, including retirement, health insurance, life insurance, long-term care insurance, annual and sick leave, and Thrift Savings Plan (401k equivalent). U.S. citizens, U.S. permanent residents, and non-U.S. citizens are eligible to apply.
Interested candidates may contact Dr. Patricia Becerra via email, firstname.lastname@example.org, for additional information about the position. To apply, candidates must submit a curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, and contact information for three referees who will be asked to provide letters of reference.
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