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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Douglas Vollrath

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Vollrath, Douglas
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
1 year with annual extensions possible to >3 years
Appointment Start Date: 
as soon as possible
How to Submit Application Materials: 

Interested applicants should submit the required application materials to Ms. Roberta Peterson

Does this position pay above the required minimum?: 
No. The expected base pay for this position is the Stanford University required minimum for all postdoctoral scholars appointed through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. The FY25 minimum is $73,800.

We have an open postdoctoral position to investigate cell-cell interactions in the context of mitochondrial dysfunction in the outer retina. We strive to gain insight into pathogenic mechanisms relevant to retinal degenerative diseases such as age-related macular degeneration and retinitis pigmentosa. We use mouse and cell culture models to study glial-like retinal retinal pigment epithelial (RPE) cells and their interactions with photoreceptors and other cell types. We perturb RPE function in vivo genetically or with drugs/chemicals and characterize the resulting retinal phenotypes on levels ranging from metabolic/molecular to structural/morphological. We use a variety of methods including single cell RNAseq, heavy isotope labeling of metabolites, Seahorse analysis of oxygen consumption and glycolysis, immunofluorescence, electroretinography, optical coherence tomography and fundus photography. A recent example of our work is PMID: 38865272. This is an NIH-funded position in the Department of Genetics , a collaborative, intellectually exciting and multidisciplinary environment known for research excellence. Candidates experienced with mice, mammalian cell culture and molecular biology are particularly desirable. Per Stanford University policy, the successful candidate will start no more than three years after receiving their doctoral degree.

Required Qualifications: 

The successful candidate will be self-motivated and have:
• PhD degree in neurobiology, biomedical sciences, molecular biology - related fields.
• Demonstrated scientific creativity and productivity via publication record and letters of recommendation.
• Capacity to think independently in a collaborative setting.
• Ability to work with mice.

Required Application Materials: 
  • Cover letter
  • CV
  • Contact information for three references


Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.