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Post Doc, Physiology and Cell Biology

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Please provide: 1. curriculum vitae 2. names and addresses of three references 3. cover letter

Position Information

Position Information

Job Title Post Doc, Physiology and Cell Biology
Department Physiology & Cell Biology
Department Web Address
Full Time Equivalent


Position Type PostDoc
Comp Grade PostDoc
Tenure Track Non Tenure Track
Job Description

A postdoctoral fellow position is immediately available in the laboratory of Professor Kathleen Keef at the University of Nevada, Reno, to study the role of interstitial cells of Cajal (ICC) in the regulation of motility and as mediators of neuromuscular transmission in the internal anal sphincter (IAS). Most recently this topic has been addressed by examining voltage-gated calcium channels (Cav1.2) and calcium activated chloride channels (ANO1) in the generation of slow waves by ICC in the IAS (Cobine et al, 2017). Ongoing confocal imaging studies explore this topic using Kit-GCaMP6f and SM-GCaMP3 mice which selectively express the calcium indicator GCaMP in ICC or in smooth muscle cells. Other techniques routinely undertaken by the laboratory include microelectrode electrophysiology, RT-PCR, Western blotting, immunohistochemistry, fluorescence activated cell sorting and isometric force measurements of intact muscles. It is anticipated that the successful candidate will participate in calcium imaging studies as well as some of the other techniques listed above. The appointment will be for an initial duration of 1 year with the possibility of renewal for an additional 2 years given satisfactory progress.

About us: The University of Nevada, Reno is the land-grant university and major research institution in the state with a student body of 22,000.

Reno is a metropolitan area of over 400,000 situated on the eastern slope of the Sierra Nevada mountain range. Reno offers a favorable quality of life recognized by numerous national sources. Residents and visitors enjoy an array of cultural activities and major festivals and events. It is an outdoor mecca, located 38 miles from Lake Tahoe and offering abundant summer and winter recreational opportunities. Sacramento and San Francisco are, respectively, two and four hour drives away.

The University of Nevada, Reno recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. We are an inclusive and engaged community and recognize the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D. or M.D. in Physiology or a related field

Preferred Qualifications

Preference will be given to candidates with experience in calcium imaging and related computational analysis. Experience with molecular biology, ion channel biochemistry and electrophysiology is preferred. Excellent manual dexterity, oral and written presentation skills and ability to work as part of a team are also highly desirable.

Contact Information for this Position

Bertie Mack

Jose Cruz

Kathleen Keef

Special Instructions to Applicants

Please provide:
1. curriculum vitae
2. names and addresses of three references
3. cover letter

Job Open Date 05/18/2017
Job Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Search Number 72586
Note to All Applicants

A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.

HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member’s first day of employment.

The University of Nevada, Reno is committed to Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action in recruitment of its students and employees and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, age, creed, national origin, veteran status, physical or mental disability, and sexual orientation, or genetic information, gender identity, or gender expression. The University of Nevada, Reno employs only United States citizens and aliens lawfully authorized to work in the United States. Women, under-represented groups, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply.

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