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Postdoctoral Research Associate

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Requisition Details


Location Omaha, NE
Requisition Number: 2016-373
Requisition for UNMC employees Only No
Department MMI Developmental Neuroscience 50007175
Business Unit(College/Institute) Munroe-Meyer Institute


Reg-Temp Full-Time Regular
Work Schedule 40 plus hours per week
Requisition Category Research - Academic
Requisition Title Postdoctoral Research Associate
Job Title/Academic Rank Postdoctoral Research Associate
Additional Requisition Title Postdoctoral Position in Human Pluripotent Stem Cells, Neurodevelopmental Disorders and Neural Repair
Appointment Type No Response
Salary Range
Job/EEO Category No Response
Job Requisition Begin Date 12/23/2016

Position Qualification

Position Summary

A Postdoctoral Research Associate position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Peng Jiang at the Munroe-Meyer Institute’s Developmental Neuroscience Department at the University of Nebraska Medical Center ( The research theme of the laboratory is on investigating cellular and molecular basis of neural development and pathogenesis of neurological disease utilizing human pluripotent stem cells. We focus on (i) establishing patient-derived and disease-specific human induced pluripotent stem cells (hiPSCs); (ii) creating hiPSC-based in vitro brain organoid and in vivo humanized chimeric mouse brain models to study pathogenesis of neurodevelopmental diseases, such as Down’s syndrome; and (iii) preclinical study for hiPSC-based cell therapies utilizing animal models of human CNS injuries, such as brain hypoxic-ischemic injury. We have been using a combination of multidisciplinary techniques in our research, including stem cell reprogramming, electrophysiology/patch-clamp recording, imaging techniques, molecular/cell biology (including CRISPR/cas9 technology), biochemistry, pharmacology, microarray and RNA-sequencing techniques, transgenic and surgically induced animal models, and animal behavioral testing.

Applicants should have a good publication record and a Ph.D. in physiology, neurobiology, developmental neuroscience, stem cell biology or related fields. Experience in electrophysiology/patch-clamp recording is required. Additional experience with cell culture, imaging techniques, viral preparation and infection, intracerebral cell transplantation, and animal work are desired. Candidates should also demonstrate excellent communication skills and have a strong passion and commitment to science. To apply, please send a CV, a cover letter stating research interests and qualifications, and references with contact information. Individuals from diverse backgrounds are encouraged to apply.

Required Qualifications

Ph.D in Physiology, Neurobiology, Developmental Neuroscience, Stem Cell Biology, or related field.

Supplemental Qualifications

Publication record, electrophysiology experience

Working Environment & Physical Requirements


The information provided below best describes the Environment in which the primary function of the position is performed.

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Other working environment

Laboratory Environment and Animal Facillity


Bending, stooping, twisting Occasionally
Crawling Not Applicable
Driving Not Applicable
Kneeling Not Applicable
Reaching Occasionally
Sitting 2-5 hours
Standing Occasionally
Squatting Occasionally
Walking Occasionally


Atmospheric Yes
Blood/body fluids Yes
Chemical hazards Yes
Working on or around moving machinery No
Electrical current Yes
Noise No
Changes of temperature/humidity No
Wear PPE Yes
Work with laboratory animals Yes
Operating hand/power tools No
If you answered yes to any area above, please explain

Some chemicals used in the lab may be hazardous. Gloves, Surgical masks, and eye protection are required for some experiments. Position handles lab animals and technical equipment in the lab.


Fine Manipulation both
Repetitive Motion n/a
Grasping yes
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Grasping and manipulating lab tools, equipment, and materials is necessary.


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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. C.V.
  2. Cover Letter
  3. Other Doc
Optional Documents

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