NIH-funded postdoctoral fellowship is available immediately in the laboratory of Dr. Andrew Terker to investigate molecular mechanisms of electrolyte balance, blood pressure regulation, and kidney injury. The lab is focused on understanding how the interaction of genes and the environment affect renal epithelial cell function. A particular focus will be on determining how various organ systems, including skeletal muscle, the immune system, and liver (among others), interact with the kidney to modify its function in health and disease. We use predominantly mouse models to study whole animal physiology and cell culture models to better understand molecular mechanisms. Opportunities to translate findings to patient-oriented research are also available. State-of-the-art techniques, including transcriptomics, proteomics, and metabolomics, will be used in combination with classical physiology, cell biology, and molecular biology to dissect physiological mechanisms of importance to health and disease. The Terker Lab is housed in the Division of Nephrology and is part of the Vanderbilt Center for Kidney Disease.
We are seeking a highly motivated individual with a PhD, MD, or MD/PhD (or equivalent) with experience in physiology, cell biology, molecular biology, quantitative biology, or a related field. The candidate should have expertise in one of these fields (or related), although there is not a requirement for one specific area. The ideal candidate will have a desire to use a range of techniques to understand physiological systems. Animal work experience (with surgical skills) is preferred, though not required, as the laboratory can provide training. Ability to think and work independently as well as a creative and critical mindset are key features for a successful candidate. Excellent oral and written communication skills and the ability to work as a team member are essential. Participation in grant and manuscript writing is strongly encouraged.
This is a full-time position that requires a PhD, MD, MD/PhD (or equivalent) degree (in Physiology, Molecular/Cell Biology, Quantitative Biology or related discipline). Salary is based on NIH pay scale. Vanderbilt also offers an excellent benefits package including health/dental/vision plans, paid leave, etc.
Vanderbilt University Medical Center is the largest comprehensive research, teaching and patient care health system in the Mid-South region.
The Division of Nephrology and Hypertension at Vanderbilt University Medical Center has a long and notable history of studying the pathophysiology of and developing potential therapies for the prevention and treatment of kidney disease. With over 70 active faculty comprised of innovative, internationally recognized basic and clinical researchers and active clinicians working in state-of-the-art facilities, our contributions are validated through high-impact publications, strong federal and non-federal grant funding and a robust clinical program that provides cutting-edge comprehensive care across the spectrum of kidney disease.