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The Gray lab at University of Texas at Austin Dell Medical School (www.rsg1lab.com) is seeking a Postdoctoral Associate with experience in molecular biology and/or developmental biology to perform cutting edge research into zebrafish and mouse spine development.

The Gray Lab:
Idiopathic scoliosis (IS), affects 3-4 % children worldwide. We have established some of the first models of IS using the mouse and zebrafish model systems. We utilize these complementary models to facilitate functional genomics studies and for mechanistic studies of  disease pathogenesis.

The Gray lab focuses on genetic factors which promote spine stability and homeostasis of musculoskeletal tissue using mouse, zebrafish, and cell culture approaches. Our main techniques include genome editing, diverse imaging modalities,  genetics and genomics. 

Please see the recent manuscript: Konjikusic et al., 2018 PLoS Genet. 2018 Nov 26;14(11):PMID:30475797

The position:
The successful candidate will be expected to conduct an independent project studying a collection of scoliosis mutant zebrafish and utilizing a diverse array of developmental biology techniques to uncover the mechanism of disease pathogenesis in these mutant zebrafish. We are seeking highly motivated and interactive candidates that wish to have a career in musculoskeletal research, as such we are seeking candidates that have a desire to write grants and take an active role in there career development, in addition to working at the bench. This project will utilize an array of complementary zebrafish approaches including forward and reverse genetics, confocal and microCT imaging, generation of novel transgenics strains, and may transitional research of  interesting findings in the mouse and/or cell culture systems when applicable.  We will support good ideas, passionate people that are willing to go where the biology takes them. 

The PI is committed to the mentorship and long-term success of all lab members. We offer an exceptional training in zebrafish and mouse development and genetics focused on musculoskeletal development. Successful candidates will join a dynamic scientific environment within the Department of Pediatrics at the University of Texas at Austin, Dell Medical School.

Candidates:
Candidates must have a PhD in an appropriate biological or health science program. Experience in zebrafish research will be highly advantageous although not required. Experience with cell culture techniques,  mouse colony work, and confocal microscopy is highly desirable. The candidate will be expected to be fluent in an array of common molecular biology techniques. 

How to Apply / Contact:

Interested candidates should email Dr. Ryan Gray (ryan.gray@austin.utexas.edu). Applicants should include a cover letter describing previous research experience and interest in the position and a CV. Three letters of reference should be available if requested.

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