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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Teresa Nicolson

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Nicolson, Teresa
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Surg: Otolaryngology
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
One year appointment with chance for renewal up to 3 years total.
Appointment Start Date: 
As soon as possible
How to Submit Application Materials: 

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The Candidate will be involved in defined research projects to study the role of deafness genes in the auditory/vestibular system and how the mutations lead to hearing loss. Candidate will plan and perform experiments, manage fish colonies, and conduct experiments in cell imagining & neural circuits, and data analyses. Candidate will perform physiological recordings using fully intact, undissected animals. LSRP will be collecting data from the analyses, communicate results, and interpretations to PI, Senior Lab Scientist, and Collaborators. Based on knowledge of scientific theory is responsible for results, changes and developments in protocols. LSRP simultaneously develops, plans, and makes new recommendations for future experiments in the lab.

Candidate will independently apply their theoretical scientific knowledge in obtaining experiment findings and at times use other scientific resources to perform, interpret, and solve experiment problems.
The Candidate is expected to be able to problem solve potential problems as to why an experiment did not proceed. For example, if the Candidate was provided a sample to process cell images and results did not align with hypothesis, the PIs would expect the Candidate to independently provide a list of factors potentially responsible for the failed experiment and then adjust for these factors in future experiments.

Results are maintained and collected, in order to be communicated in the usual scientific media (lab meetings, scientific meetings, papers, etc.).

Candidate will independently apply their theoretical scientific knowledge in obtaining experiment findings including interpretation to solve experiment problems. The Candidate will also be working on both well-defined and developing models. For example: screening for mutant fish with balance and hearing defects, the Candidate will contribute to refinement, modifications, and offer suggestions to establish successful models.

Required Qualifications: 
  • PhD required.
  • Proficiency with the usual skills of working with zebrafish is highly desirable (husbandry, transgenesis, CRISPR, in situ hybridization, immunohistochemistry, EM, etc.).
  • Applicants that have experience with a similar animal model will also be considered.
  • Some experience with imaging and/or electrophysiology is a plus!
Required Application Materials: 
  • A letter of interest
  • Curriculum vitae
  • Names of three references


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