Postdoctoral Scientist – Neural Development & Stem Cell Biology

Updated: 2 months ago
Job Type: FullTime
Deadline: 31 Mar 2021

A postdoctoral position to investigate the role of cell surface-mediated signaling in neural development of human stem cell systems is available starting as early as April 2021. We are looking for motivated team players with a sportive spirit and strong interest in developmental biology, cell biology and/or regenerative medicine. Applicants should have a doctorate in biology or a related subject and strong expertise and publication record in molecular/cell biology/biochemistry. Good knowledge of English is essential. Prior experience with stem cell culture and/or computational biology is beneficial but not required.  The goal of our work is to elucidate mechanisms of cell-cell communication that govern neural growth and differentiation. Our studies focus primarily on the role of surface molecule-mediated cell interactions in the regulation of downstream signaling cascades (e.g., Hippo/YAP-TAZ). As the main model system we utilize human pluripotent stem cells (embryonic stem cells and induced pluripotent stem cells), exploiting the unique opportunity to study and modulate human neural development in an accessible in vitro system. Our work has implications for fundamental neurobiology, as well as for neuro-oncology and regenerative approaches. The Paracelsus Medical University (PMU) is a private academic institution with locations in Salzburg (Austria) and Nuremberg (Germany). Founded in 2002, the PMU currently encompasses 22 university institutes, three research centers and six research programs and several doctoral programs with a focus on biomedical sciences. Our lab is part of the Institute of Anatomy and Cell Biology and also associated with the local Spinal Cord Injury and Tissue Regeneration Center (SCI-TReCS). Salzburg is located in the heart of Europe with excellent access to recreational possibilities and cultural exposure. The successful applicant will join a small, highly-motivated young and international team and is encouraged to work independently while contributing to joint projects and to participate in international collaborations. A limited number of positions is available that cover the researcher salary for initially one year with the possibility for extension. Alternatively, applications generating external funding may also be considered. Preference will be given to experienced researchers with proven aptitude to efficiently work independently but also cooperatively, who also enjoy sharing their expertise with more junior scientists including graduate and medical students. Applications to be considered should include a CV with a specific letter of motivation, statement of research experience/interests and the contact details of three references, as well as potential sources of external funding. Please submit your application electronically as a single pdf-file to: Jan Pruszak, rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank"> .

Pruszak lab, Institute of Anatomy and Cell Biology, Paracelsus Medical University (PMU), 5020 Salzburg, Austria. rel="noopener noreferrer" target="_blank">


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