IU Surgery Team in front of NASA symbol

Seeking postdoctoral fellows to assist with spaceflight studies

NIH and DOD funded laboratory seeking 1-2 postdoctoral fellows to conduct studies using in vivo and in vitro approaches for understanding megakaryocyte-bone cell interactions and bone healing. Unique opportunity to assist with SPACEFLIGHT STUDIES and a chance to travel to Florida’s Kennedy Space Center to watch the launch of our samples into spaceflight (2016 and 2017 missions).

Ph.D., or similar, with bone biology and/or hematopoiesis background. Must be experienced in standard molecular and cell biology techniques such as: cell culture, sterile technique and qRT-PCR. Experience in flow cytometry is a plus. Must be experienced in basic mouse handling including: breeding, genotyping, and injections. Experience with any kind of surgery is preferred, especially fracture healing. Additional skills: standard light and fluorescent microscopy, bone histomorphometry, bone biomechanics, microCT, x-ray, DEXA imaging, transplantation studies, preparation of osteoblasts, osteoclasts, hematopoietic stem cells, and megakaryocytes, as well as excellent written and oral communication skills. Training will be available.

U.S. Citizens and Green Card Holders have the opportunity to be on our Institution’s NIH T32 training grant. The Indiana Center for Musculoskeletal Health has a large and diverse group of 40+ musculoskeletal researchers, with weekly journal club, external seminar speakers (1-2/month), and a number of educational/career development opportunities.

More information
Additional information about the research being conducted in our laboratory is available at http://orthopaedics.medicine.iu.edu/facuty/our-faculty/melissa-kacena/

Interested candidates should send a cover letter, CV and references to Dr. Melissa Kacena, Department of Orthopaedic Surgery, Indiana University School of Medicine, 1130 W. Michigan Drive FH 115, Indianapolis, IN 46202. (317) 278-3482 or mkacena@iupui.edu.

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