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POSTDOCTORAL SCHOLARRequisition # 3181Position BasicsAdvertising Ends on:Extended Until Position is FilledAdvertising Started on:Tuesday, July 30th, 2019College:Carver College of MedicineDepartment:NeurologySalarySalary:$50,004.00 to CommensuratePosition DetailsFull/Part Time Status:Full TimePercent Time:100%Position Description:Seeking enthusiastic, highly motivated individual for a postdoctoral scholar position in the department of neurology, University of Iowa, in the laboratory of Dr. Georgina Aldridge. The primary research goal of this laboratory is to understand mechanisms by which dementia with Lewy Body (a Parkinson's disorder), affects the brain, leading to diverse and devastating symptoms.Dr. Georgina Aldridge is an Assistant Professor and cognitive neurologist in the Department of Neurology working on mouse models of Dementia with Lewy Bodies. The main methods in the lab involve 2-photon imaging of awake behaving mice using cranial windows. We track the effect of alpha-synuclein on cortical cells by evaluating calcium dynamics and neuronal firing (using gCAMP indicators), as well as structural changes in dendritic spines and axons (using structural imaging). We focus on prefrontal cortex and other regions thought to be affected in these patients.The Aldridge Lab is part of the Iowa Neuroscience Institute and the Department of Neurology. It is located in the Pappajohn Biomedical discovery building. Dr. Aldridge is committed to the development of trainees. Although this is a new laboratory, the open laboratory space is massively collaborative; the Aldridge Lab maintains strong ties with several senior laboratories and there are ample professional development resources.Please include a CV as well as cover letter/letter of interest that includes one paragraph describing past work and one paragraph describing your interest in the research areas of the Aldridge Laboratory. Funding is available for 2 years and a 2-year commitment is preferred. The successful candidate will be required to compete for national grants.Education Requirement:PhD in Neurosciences or related field is required.Required Qualifications:Prior experience in basic or translational neuroscience research with rodent or cell culture models, with demonstrated interest in the field of neurodegeneration.A strong publication record with at least one first author publication.Highly motivated individual who works well in a collaborative environment and is committed and passionate about neuroscience research.Desirable Qualifications:Basic knowledge and experience with MATLAB (or equivalent) coding and/or biological/behavioral data analysis.Prior experience with some form of microscopy (2-photon, confocal, etc) would be beneficial, including unbiased stereology principles. Alternative expertise also accepted, including optogenetics, electrophysiology, super resolution microscopy, etc.Online Application Required DocumentsCurriculum VitaLetters of InterestTo start the Online Application process for this position, click the "Apply for This Position" button located below the Contact Information.Contact InformationContact:Georgina M Aldridge - georgina-aldridge@uiowa.eduCmed-NeurologyPappajohn Biomedical Discovery Building169 Newton Road1334 PBDBIowa City, IA 52242Phone: 319-384-1635The University of Iowa is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants are encouraged to apply and will receive consideration for employment free from discrimination on the basis of race, creed, color, national origin, age, sex, pregnancy, sexual orientation, gender identity, genetic information, religion, associational preference, status as a qualified individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran. The University also affirms its commitment to providing equal opportunities and equal access to University facilities. Women and Minorities are encouraged to apply for all employment vacancies. For additional information on nondiscrimination polic