A Postdoctoral Associate position is available in the Lotz laboratory at Scripps Research, La Jolla, California (http://careers.scripps.edu/postings/17357). Scripps Research, one of the largest private nonprofit research organizations in the world, represents a new model for scientific discovery and is ranked the most influential institution in the world for its impact on innovation. The Lotz lab focuses on the discovery of molecular and cellular mechanisms that are dysfunctional in musculoskeletal tissues during early stages of pathogenesis to create a foundation for therapeutic interventions to prevent disease onset and slow progression.
The successful candidate will lead in vitro and in vivo studies to identify and validate molecular targets that are essential for intervertebral disc homeostasis or that contribute to spine pathology, as part of a newly funded program in spine aging. Promising targets will be used in drug screening assays and/or gene therapy approaches. The candidate will work as part of a multidisciplinary and dynamic group with extensive experience with preclinical models for proof of concept validation of drug targets and drug candidates.
Applicants should send a CV, a brief description of research interest, and three references to:
Martin K. Lotz, MD Professor and Head Arthritis Research The Scripps Research Institute 10550 North Torrey Pines Road La Jolla, CA 92037 Phone: (858) 784-8960, fax (858) 784-2744 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
Applicants should have a MD or PhD with basic training cell/molecular biology. A background in musculoskeletal research is highly preferred. Applicants are expected to have a strong interest in using multidisciplinary research approaches and be highly motivated to work independently and as part of a team.
Internal Number: 17357
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