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Post Doctoral Associate
Job Number: 2021-38771
Category: Post Doc
Location: Worcester, MA
Shift: Day
Exempt/Non-Exempt: Exempt
Business Unit: UMass Med School
Department: School - Molecular Medicine - W400900
Job Type: Full-Time
Salary Grade: 86
Union Code: Non Union Position-W63-Residents/Post Docs
Num. Openings: 2
Post Date: Oct. 22, 2021

Post-doctoral positions

Two post-doctoral scholar positions are immediately available in the Davis/Shen labs in the Program in Molecular Medicine at the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School. 

Project description:  

MAPK8IP3 is a multifunctional neuronal protein that serves as a hub for signal transduction and promotes microtubule-based vesicular trafficking.  Human mutations in MAPK8IP3 cause a spectrum of neurodevelopmental disease, including axon guidance defects, developmental delay, impaired intellectual development, and poor speech.  Our studies focus on molecular genetics, neurobiology, and structural biology of MAPK8IP3.  We use several experimental models, including iPSC-derived human neurons and genetically modified mice, to study disease pathogenesis.  Our goal is to identify primary defects that can be used to design therapeutic strategies for the treatment of MAPK8IP3 disease. 


The host labs have a vibrant culture that supports academic research.  Sufficient funding has been obtained to fully support the proposed research.  The Program in Molecular Medicine at the UMass Chan Medical School has outstanding resources for molecular biology using modern research tools and structural biology using CryoEM. 


Education, experience and skills required:

  • PhD, MD, or equivalent
  • Highly motivated to apply skills towards solving biological problems
  • Excellent analytical skills and independent judgement
  • Highly collegial and works well on a team
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills; ability to communicate with precision and tact
  • Meticulous record keeping; proficiency with databases
  • Experience with Molecular Biology, Neurobiology, or CryoEM desired

Career development:

The Davis / Shen labs strongly support postdoctoral researchers for their future career, including academic and biotech/pharma opportunities. 

As an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer, the University of Massachusetts Chan Medical School recognizes the power of a diverse community and encourages applications from individuals with varied experiences, prospectives, and backgrounds. 

To apply:

Please submit a CV, listing three references, by email to:

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