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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Human Medicine
Department: Translational Neuroscience 40000320
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: Grand Rapids
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Faculty, Research/Scientific

Position Summary

Michigan State University College of Human Medicine seeks applications for the position of Research Assistant Professor in the Department of Translational Neuroscience. This Research Assistant Professor will be mentored by Dr. Nicholas Kanaan.This Research Assistant Professor (RAP) position will coordinate several lines of research in the Kanaan laboratory. Specifically, the RAP will be responsible for overseeing research projects investigating the mechanisms of tau toxicity and cell to cell transmission in the context of tauopathies. In this role, it is expected that the RAP will manage several trainees and technicians. Moreover, the RAP will be responsible for generating grant applications aimed at sustaining the research program as well as to facilitate the transition of the RAP in to an independent research position. In addition, the RAP is expected to write up results for publication in a timely manner. The RAP will take a primary role in overseeing and developing a research program involving the manufacture of viral vectors, recombinant proteins and developing models of tauopathies to study mechanisms of tau transmission and toxicity. In addition, the RAP will participate in the day to day operations of the research lab; duties will include collaborative experimental design, conducting experimental laboratory work, analyzing and writing up results for publication in peer-reviewed journals. This position is located at 400 Monroe Ave NW, Grand Rapids, MI.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, citizenship, disability or protected veteran status.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Neurodegeneration models and viral vecto

Minimum Requirements

Doctoral degree in natural sciences and at least three years of postdoctoral experience in a basic science laboratory. Skills required includes a strong background (with the corresponding publication record) in the biology and pathobiology of the protein tau, experience with recombinant protein production, cell culture, viral vector production, evaluation of miRNA products and data generation and handling, data interpretation, writing up laboratory procedures and results, supervision of students and software usage. Experience with cloning and protein, analysis,examination of protein-protein interactions, immunoprecipitation, cell culture development and maintenance, and microscopy are considered strengths. Good command of written and spoken English is required.

Desired Qualifications

Advanced techniques such as small animal handling, immunohistochemistry, knowledge of brain anatomy, tissue sectioning, fluorescence microscopy animal handling, survival surgery, and behavioral testing.

Required Application Materials

CV and cover letter

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Summary of Health Risks

Work with animals or unfixed animal tissue.


Department Statement

The Department of Translational Neuroscience (TransNeuro) acts as a catalyst for enhancing bidirectional opportunities for clinical, basic and translational research in neurodegenerative diseases. TransNeuro provides the physical infrastructure and intellectual assets to conduct preclinical and translational medical research in collaboration with clinical and basic science faculty throughout MSU, as well as with our strategic medical health partners in Grand Rapids (Van Andel Institute, Mercy Health Saint Mary's and Spectrum Hospital). We are also dedicated to providing educational and training opportunities to basic scientists and physician-scientists committed to disease-oriented research. TransNeuro’s research teams primarily focus on the study of Parkinson’s disease, Alzheimer’s disease and Traumatic Brain Injury.

MSU Statement

Michigan State University has been advancing the common good with uncommon will for more than 160 years. One of the top research universities in the world, MSU pushes the boundaries of discovery and forges enduring partnerships to solve the most pressing global challenges while providing life-changing opportunities to a diverse and inclusive academic community through more than 200 programs of study in 17 degree-granting colleges.

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