Post Doctoral Scholar

Post Doctoral Scholar

locationFayette County, Lexington, KY, USA
PublishedPublished: 12/19/2023
Full Time

Job Title
Post Doctoral Scholar

Requisition Number

Department Name

Work Location
Lexington, KY

Salary Range
Minimum of $50,000, or commensurate with experience

Type of Position

Position Time Status

Required Education

Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent degree

Required Related Experience

Experience with cell culture, molecular biology, and animal models are desirable.

Required License/Registration/Certification


Physical Requirements

Standing at the bench for extended periods. Sitting at desks and computers for long periods. Walking some extended distances to locations of need for use of service centers or collaborations as example. Lifting of objects up to 25 pounds.


Typically Monday through Friday, 8:30am to 5pm, with some nights and weekends possible due to experimentation.

Job Summary

A Post-Doctoral position is immediately available in the Bieberich Lab at the University of Kentucky located in Lexington, Kentucky. The initial focus of this role will be exciting NIH-funded projects examining function of lipids, particularly the sphingolipid ceramide, in neural development and neurodegeneration. We have long-term funding and immediate openings related to the projects. 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(s) will benefit from a highly-stimulating and collaborative research environment in addition to 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 projects are currently funded by NIH, an integral part of post-doctoral training is the process of preparing a research proposal and writing a fellowship application, so Post-Docs are encouraged to apply for external funding when possible. Qualified candidates will also be eligible to apply to other University of Kentucky awarded T32 training programs.

The Department of Physiology (https://medicine.uky.edu/departments/physiology/) is on the same campus as the medical center (https://ukhealthcare.uky.edu/), which may allow for many potential networking and collaborative interactions and opportunities. The Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (https://medicine.uky.edu/centers/sbcoa), also local to the Department of Physiology, 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, and autopsy specimens). Post-Docs 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 (https://medicine.uky.edu/centers/scobirc), the Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy Center (https://www.research.uky.edu/magnetic-resonance-imaging-and-spectroscop…), the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (https://www.ccts.uky.edu/), and the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute (https://ukhealthcare.uky.edu/kentucky-neuroscience-institute), to name a few.

See for yourself what makes UK a great place to work. To view our exceptional benefits, please visit: https://www.uky.edu/hr/benefits.

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.

Skills / Knowledge / Abilities

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities?

Preferred Education/Experience

Experience with neural cells or sphingolipids is ideal.

Deadline to Apply

University Community of Inclusion

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