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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Merritt Maduke

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Maduke, Merritt
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Molecular & Cellular Phys
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
Full time
Appointment Start Date: 
Available immediately
How to Submit Application Materials: 

email to PI Maduke,

Chemical Biology of Chloride Channels
The Maduke laboratory at Stanford University seeks a postdoctoral fellow to work on a collaborative interdisciplinary project to develop small-molecule chloride-channel inhibitors as potential new therapeutics for hyponatremia.
The CLC (“Chloride Channel”) family of transporters and channels are ubiquitous in all organisms. Among them, CLC-Ka and CLC-Kb are essential for Cl– and water handling in the kidney. CLC-Ka is localized to the thin ascending limb, where it helps to establish a steep solute gradient that drives renal water reabsorption. As such, CLC-Ka is a potential drug target for treating pathologic water retention (hyponatremia) that frequently complicates the management of patients with hypertension, heart failure, or cirrhosis. Hyponatremia affects up to 75% of patients with serious illness and 1.7% of the general population. In hyponatremia, the excess water causes potentially dangerous swelling, particularly in the brain. Symptoms include muscle weakness and cognitive impairment, and severe consequences can include irreversible brain damage or even death. Currently, the only type of medication that exists for treating hyponatremia contains substantial drawbacks due to potential for causing life-threatening liver damage. In this project, we seek to develop molecules that can modulate the function of CLC-Ka, with the long-term goal of translating this research to create novel therapeutic treatments for hyponatremia.
The project will involve structure-activity relationship (SAR) studies to optimize potency, selectivity, and pharmacokinetic properties of small-molecule CLC-Ka inhibitors. A Ph.D. in chemistry, biophysics, physiology, or related field is required. Experience with electrophysiology and/or synthetic organic chemistry is desired. However, highly motivated candidates with a strong background in the physical sciences will also be considered. An ability to think quantitatively and to communicate clearly is essential.
Stanford’s Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPA) offers many courses and resources to support postdocs and augment the 1:1 mentoring of the faculty advisors. As former Chair of the Provost’s Advisory Committee on Postdoctoral Affairs, Prof Maduke has worked closely with OPA, and she encourages postdocs in her lab to take advantage of the personal-growth and professional-development resources that are available.

Required Qualifications: 
  • A Ph.D. in chemistry, biophysics, physiology, or related field is required
  • Experience with electrophysiology, ion-channel structure-function, and/or synthetic organic chemistry is desired
    • However, highly motivated candidates with a strong background in the physical sciences will also be considered
  • Ability to design and perform experiments independently and with the highest degree of rigor and reproducibility
  • Willingness to learn
  • Excellent communication and interpersonal skills
  • Collaborative team spirit
  • Initiative and creativity in problem solving
Required Application Materials: 
  • Curriculum vitae or CV
  • Names and contact information for three references
  • Cover letter with a brief description of your previous research, its significance to your field, and your goals for postdoctoral training


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.