Postdoctoral Studies

Postdoctoral Program

Job Title:

Postdoctoral Researcher Position in Dongsheng Cai Laboratory

Job Description:

A postdoctoral fellow position is available immediately in Dr. Cai's laboratory at the Department of Molecular Pharmacology, Diabetes Research Center, and Institute of Aging, at Albert Einstein College of Medicine in New York.

Dr. Cai's laboratory research focuses on studying: (1) neural mechanisms of aging, lifespan and longevity control at both cellular and organism levels; (2) neural mechanisms of aging- and obesity-related metabolic diseases such as diabetes, hypertension and neurodegenerative diseases; and (3) molecular and cellular interventions of these diseases through using neuropeptides or neural stem cells.

Research in Dr. Cai's laboratory is largely based on mouse models, with the requirement of molecular, cellular and physiological analyses of neurons and other neural cells and their functions in controlling different aspects of neurobiology and related physiological processes particularly including metabolic, cardiovascular, cognitive and other behavioral physiology. The research is also complemented with studies of using drosophila and c. elegans as well as in vitro cell models.

Some background of our research can found in our recent high-profile publications, such as: Zhang X, et al., Cell, 135 (1): 61-73, 2008; Purkayastha S, et al., Nature Medicine, 17 (7): 883-7, 2011; Zhang G, et al., Neuron, 69 (3): 523-35, 2011; Zhang H, et al., PLoS Biology, 9 (7): e1001112, 2011; Purkayastha S, et al., PNAS, 108(7):2939-44, 2011; Li J, et al., Nature Cell Biology 14 (10): 999-1012, 2012, Zhang G, et al, Nature 487 (7448): 211-6, 2013.

Candidates must have recently completed his/her PhD training or equivalent, and have independent research abilities with strong research interest and publication record, ambitious scientific goals, self motivation, and the ability to work independently as well as cooperatively with a team.  Candidates should have strong expertise in molecular biology and relevant animal physiology.  In particular, research experience with neural stem cells, or neural control of aging, lifespan and longevity, or neural control of cardiovascular diseases (such as hypertension) or metabolic diseases (such as obesity and diabetes) is highly desired.  He/she is expected to lead innovative, cutting-edge research projects that are funded by the NIH and American Diabetes Association.

Albert Einstein College of Medicine is located in a quiet, residential section in northeast Bronx borough of New York City, a tight-knit and culturally diverse community in close proximity to many popular Bronx attractions, and just minutes from both Manhattan and Westchester County.  Einstein is well recognized as one of the nation's premier institutions for medical education, basic research and clinical investigation.  Highlight research areas at Einstein include diabetes, developmental brain research, neuroscience, aging, cardiovascular disease, liver disease, cancer, AIDS, and others.  As a longstanding national leader in biomedical research, Einstein has more than 300 research laboratories, 3,000 faculty and staff, 750 medical students and 350 PhD students, and offers many exciting and unusual career opportunities for talented individuals who are dedicated to biomedical research. 

Successful applicants will be generously offered with NIH guideline-based salary and benefits, in addition to being a member of a high-quality research team and a collaborative research environment of NIH-sponsored diabetes center and aging institute.  The Belfer Institute for Advanced Biomedical Studies at Einstein also provides the best scientific and social environment as well as convenient housing options specifically for postdoctoral researchers. 

Applicants should email his/her CV, personal research statement, and the contact information of 3 references to:

Dongsheng Cai, MD, PhD
Irma T. Hirschl Scholar
Professor, Department of Molecular Pharmacology
Albert Einstein College of Medicine
1300 Morris Park Avenue
Bronx, N.Y. 10461

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