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Postdoctoral Scholar

Lexington, KY 40507
Job Title Postdoctoral Scholar
Requisition Number DU07205
Work Location Lexington, KY
Salary Range $52,704-$57,456/year
Type of Position Other
Position Time Status Full-Time
Required Education


Required Related Experience


Required License/Registration/Certification


Physical Requirements

Sitting at computer work station for long periods of time
Repetitive motion
Lifting/Carrying up to 15lbs.


M-F 8a-5p, with occasional nights and weekends

Job Summary

A postdoctoral position is immediately available in the Morganti Lab at the University of Kentucky, Lexington KY. The initial focus of the postdoctoral scientist will be an exciting NIH-funded project examining how astrocytes regulate the neuroinflammatory response to cerebrovascular dysfunction (VCID) and Alzheimer’s disease (AD). We have long-term funding and immediate openings related to the following projects: 1.) What are astrocytes’ disease-induced heterogeneity or susceptibility in response to comorbid VCID/AD-like pathology? 2.) How does altering astrocytes’ access to key inflammatory transcription factors affect pathophysiological progression of VCID/AD? 3.) What are the functional consequences of comorbid degenerative pathology upon critical neuron-astrocyte architectures? Anticipated approaches to delineate these comorbid pathophysiological responses will harness multiple contemporary technologies including single-cell and spatial transcriptomics, flow cytometry/FACS, metabolomics, and multiphoton vascular imaging in intact animals.

The successful candidate will benefit from a highly stimulating and collaborative research environment, and an organized training plan to propel their future career goals. There are ample opportunities for scientific growth, career enhancement, and development into an independent investigator in academia, industry, or other career paths. Although the project is currently funded by NIH, an integral part of postdoctoral training is the process of preparing a research proposal and writing a fellowship application, so postdocs are encouraged to apply for external funding when possible. Postdocs will also be eligible for applying to our Sanders-Brown Center on Aging T32 training program, which focuses on diseases of the aging brain.

The Center on Aging also includes the NIH-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Center that provides access to world-class translational resources to support innovative research (e.g. longitudinally followed and well-characterized clinical cohorts, neuroimaging, biomarkers, autopsy specimens). Postdocs can also collaborate with a number of other centers at the university that facilitate neuroscience research, including the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center, the Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy Center, the Center for Clinical and Translational Science, and the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute, to name a few.

We are committed to providing an inclusive, supportive, and collegial environment for lab members to develop the skills required to meet their individual career goals and propel them towards their next venture in life.

Specific Request 1: Brief statement of research experience and career goals.

Applicants should send an email that includes a cover letter with a brief statement of research experience and career goals, a CV, and contact information for three references to Josh Morganti, josh.morganti@uky.edu

Skills / Knowledge / Abilities

Must have excellent interpersonal, organizational, verbal and written communication skills, a solid publication record, and appropriate experience. The ideal candidate will have prior experience in mouse models of stroke, TBI, and/or AD, as well as experience with single-cell RNAseq, flow cytometry/FACS. A combination of microscopy, genetics, and biochemistry experience would also be very advantageous.

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities? No
Preferred Education/Experience

PhD in an area relevant to neuroscience or cell biology (or related discipline)

Deadline to Apply 12/01/2020
University Community of Inclusion

The University of Kentucky is committed to a diverse and inclusive workforce by ensuring all our students, faculty, and staff work in an environment of openness and acceptance. We strive to foster a community where people of all backgrounds, identities, and perspectives can feel secure and welcome. We also value the well-being of each of our employees and are dedicated to creating a healthy place to work, learn and live. In the interest of maintaining a safe and healthy environment for our students, employees, patients and visitors the University of Kentucky is a Tobacco & Drug Free campus.

As an Equal Opportunity Employer, we strongly encourage veterans, individuals with disabilities, women, and all minorities to consider our employment opportunities.

Any candidate offered a position may be required to pass pre-employment screenings as mandated by University of Kentucky Human Resources. These screenings may include a national background check and/or drug screen.


Posted: 2020-11-04 Expires: 2020-12-04

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