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The University of Miami is considered among the top tier institutions of higher education in the U.S. for its academic excellence, superior medical care, and cutting-edge research. At the U, we are committed to attracting a talented workforce to support our common purpose of transforming lives through teaching, research, and service. Through our values of Diversity, Integrity, Responsibility, Excellence, Compassion, Creativity and Teamwork (DIRECCT) we strive to create an environment where everyone contributes in making UM a great place to work. We are one of the largest private employers in Miami-Dade County; home to more than 13,400 faculty and staff from all over the world.

The Postdoctoral Associate supports research activities at the University, under the supervision of a faculty member, in order to advance their knowledge and/or be documented by scientific publications. 

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: 
•Works and collaborates on studies related to field of study. 
•Ensures the design, development, execution and implementation of scientific research and/or development in collaboration with a research team. 
•Investigates the feasibility of applying a wide variety of scientific principles and theories to potential inventions and products. 
•Maintains substantial knowledge of state-of-the-art principles and theories. 
•Contributes to scientific literature and conferences, when appropriate. 

Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: 
• Must have excellent communication skills, oral and written. 
• Must be detail oriented. 

Duties specific to College of Arts & Sciences: 

The Rieger lab is searching for a postdoctoral scholar in the Biology Department at the University of Miami. 

The postdoctoral scholar will be working on mechanisms of chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy using primarily zebrafish as a model system. Chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy is a side effect of chemotherapy that affects 60-70% of patients for which currently no cures exist. The Rieger lab has developed a zebrafish model with which to study the mechanisms underlying sensory axon degeneration due to one particular chemotherapeutic agent, paclitaxel. Studies in this model identified a target, MMP-13, which when inhibited alleviates neuropathy. The goal is to analyze the role of paclitaxel in MMP-13 dysregulation and axon degeneration. This project involves in vivo imaging of zebrafish. A second goal is to collaborate with medicinal chemists to develop new inhibitors and test them in zebrafish and rodents in preparation for clinical studies in collaboration with the University of Miami Medical School. 


Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Biology, Neurobiology, or a related discipline, and experience in conducting research with zebrafish, molecular biology and confocal imaging. Other important qualifications are a background in statistical methods, strong work ethic and strong organizational and time management skills. Other qualifications include problem-solving skills, experience in manuscript writing, a track record of publications, and independent research experience. Knowledge of medicinal chemistry or drug development are preferred. 

Apply online at 
Position # P100041395 


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