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Postdoctoral Fellow
Medical College of Wisconsin in Milwaukee, Wisconsin
Date Posted 03/11/2021
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Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Position Description:


According to the National Institute of Health (NIH) and the National Science Foundation (NSF), a postdoc is an individual who has received a doctoral degree (or equivalent) and is engaged in a temporary and defined period of mentored advanced research training to enhance the professional skills and research independence needed to pursue his or her chosen career path. In addition, according to the National Postdoc Association (NPA), Postdoctoral appointees can pursue basic, clinical or translational projects so long as their primary effort is devoted toward their own scholarship. Postdocs are essential to the scholarly mission of the mentor and host institution, and thus are expected to have the freedom to publish the results of their scholarship.

Full time postdoctoral positions available immediately for highly motivated postdoctoral scholars interested in vascular or neural mechanisms in blood pressure control related to hypertension in the laboratory of Dr. Curt D. Sigmund in the Department of Physiology at the Medical College of Wisconsin. A qualified candidate for this position is expected to have a strong publication record and excellent references from PhD or postdoctoral research. A notable feature of this postdoctoral fellowship will be experience in combining state-of-the-art genetic and molecular methods (including CRISPR-Cas9 genome editing) with sophisticated physiologic techniques to address fundamental mechanisms of vascular and neural function in genetically modified mouse models in hypertension. Proficiency in physiology or pharmacology and experience with genetics and molecular biology is highly desired. Potential project includes: 1) examining genomic interactions regulating PPARγ target gene expression in vascular smooth muscle and endothelium, 2) physiological, and proteomic analysis of Cullin-3 adaptors and substrates in vascular smooth muscle and endothelium, and 3) relative role of angiotensin II receptor G protein and β-arrestin signaling related to fluid homeostasis, metabolic function and blood pressure. The successful applicants can be expected to use sophisticated tools in physiological genomics utilizing cell and primary culture, and organ and whole mouse physiology. They will work in a multidisciplinary team with a diversity of interests, ideas, and experiences.

You will need to upload a single PDF attachment containing 1) a cover letter indicating your research interests, 2) CV including list of all publications, and 3) list of 3 or more references who can be immediately contacted without further permission.

Characteristics of a postdoctoral appointment:

It is expected that postdocs at MCW, with the assistance of their supervisor, will:

  • Transition to career independence through the development of professional skills that enable the postdoc to actively pursue a career of his/her own choosing.
  • Be supervised by at least one senior scholar who actively promotes the postdoc's professional development.
  • Establish an individual development plan (IDP) that incorporates equally the postdoc's career and training goals and the mentor's research goals.
  • Pursue basic, clinical, or translational projects so long as effort is focused primarily on research.
  • Publish results of the postdoc's research and scholarship during their appointment.
  • The postdoctoral appointment is temporary by nature, the aggregate amount of time spent as a postdoc is recommended to not exceed five years (not including family medical leave or maternity/paternity leave).
  • As postdocs are important members of the host institution's community, appropriate levels of compensation, health care, and other benefits commensurate with their essential status should be afforded, independent of the postdoc's source of funding.

Primary Functions

  • Plan, design and execute complex research studies, procedures and protocols.
  • Participate in discovery projects.
  • Coordinate research study activities; lead and manage projects.
  • Oversee organization, synthesis and analysis of data and findings.
  • Prepare scientific reports, outcome findings and scientific manuscripts.
  • Participate in meetings with principle investigator and research staff in which you will evaluate/interpret the validity of data, develop methodologies, and design and evaluate lab procedures.
  • Maintain supplies, may require negotiation with vendors, and track purchase orders.
  • May oversee the work of laboratory personnel including training and development as well as daily work direction, delegation and establishing priorities.

Preferred Schedule:
Monday-Friday; 8:00 am - 5:00 pm

Position Requirements:

Knowledge – Skills – Abilities

Required knowledge: biology, chemistry, mathematics, statistics, documentation, records management, data utilization, complex problem solving, critical thinking, resource management, and writing skills


Minimum Required Education: PhD in a scientific field or MD

Minimum Required Experience: None,

Preferred Experience: Experience in physiology or pharmacology and with genetics and molecular biology

About MCW
The Medical College of Wisconsin (MCW) is one of the largest healthcare employers in Wisconsin. We are a distinguished leader and innovator in the education and development of the next generation of physicians, scientists, pharmacists and health professionals; we discover and translate new knowledge in the biomedical and health sciences; we provide cutting-edge, collaborative patient care of the highest quality; and we improve the health of the communities we serve.

We are an Equal Opportunity Employer and do not discriminate against any employee or applicant for employment because of race, color, sex, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, gender identity, status as a veteran, and basis of disability or any other federal, state or local protected class.

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