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Postdoctoral Position Opening: Hearing Loss Research, Southern Illinois University School of Medicine

Modified: October 4, 2016

 Southern Illinois University School of Medicine (SIUSOM), located in Springfield, IL, has a core group of 7 auditory researchers with funding from NIH, DARPA, ONR, Army, and private companies. This highly collaborative team of investigators working on both peripheral and central aspects of hearing loss and tinnitus. The open postdoctoral position is in the lab of Dr. Brandon Cox where the focus is on mechanisms that regulate the survival of sensory hair cells located in the cochlea of the inner ear. The research group investigates survival pathways during postnatal maturation, hair cell regeneration, and exposure to noise or ototoxic drugs. The lab uses many genetically modified mouse models to over-express, ectopically express, or delete genes in a cell-type specific and temporally controlled manner. Analysis is performed by immunostaining with confocal microscopy, real-time qPCR, in situ hybridization, auditory brainstem response (ABR), and in the future, electron microscopy.

Applicants should have completed a Ph.D. in neuroscience or a related research field within the last 1-3 years. Preference will be given to applicants with experience in molecular biology, auditory/vestibular research, or research related to stem cells or regeneration in other organs systems. This multi-year position is funded by a new NIH R01 grant and salary will commensurate with research experience, based on NIH guidelines for postdoctoral fellows.  Anticipated start date is as soon as September 15, 2016. Applicants should submit a CV, a cover letter describing research interests and career goals, and contact information for three references to Dr. Brandon Cox at bcox@siumed.edu.