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Postdoctoral Scholar, Molecular Biology or Physiology

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Department: Kinesiology/Integrative Physiology
Work Type: Staff - Full Time
Location: Main Campus (Houghton, MI)
Full Time / Part Time: Full Time
Categories: Sciences, Biology, Kinesiology

To perform this job successfully, an individual must be able to perform each essential duty satisfactorily. The requirements listed below are representative of the knowledge, skill, and/or ability required. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.  

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Job Description Summary

We seek applicants for a Postdoctoral Associate position to perform experiments related to central mechanisms underlying salt sensitive hypertension development. The project is funded by a NIHR01 grant. The work responsibility is to conduct research related to the central nervous system in blood pressure regulation and in gene modifications leading to neuro-cardiovascular deregulation. Work will include the generation and testing of hypothesis using tools such as viral vector mediated gene overexpression or knockdown in hypertensive rat models and in cell cultures.

Michigan Tech attracts world-class staff and faculty who enrich the educational experience of smart, motivated, and adventurous students. Applicants who are committed to promoting a sense of belonging and contributing to an equitable and inclusive learning environment for all are strongly encouraged to apply (

Essential Duties & Responsibilities (other duties may be assigned)

Generate hypothesis, design experiments, and test the hypothesis
Use appropriate software to analyze the results
Perform animal surgery
Measure rat blood pressure and other cardiovascular function
Perform animal study such as metabolism study
Withdraw blood and collect animal tissues
Train graduate and undergraduate students
Attend lab meetings and journal club
Present research results at scientific conferences
Write research papers and publish in peer-reviewed journals
Commit to learning about continuous improvement strategies and applying them to everyday work
Apply safety-related knowledge, skills, and practices to everyday work

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures (minimum requirements)

Ph.D. degree in molecular biology or Physiology or associated area earned within the last 72 months (six years).

Required Experience (minimum requirements)

Research experience in molecular biology.
Research experience using rat or mice models

Desirable Education and/or Experience


Required Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities (minimum requirements)

Have molecular biology and physiology background. Familiar with brain study using rodent models. The applicants should be equipped with cellular and Molecular Biology techniques such as cell culture, real-time PCR, western blot, immunohistochemistry, ELISA, etc.

Demonstrated ability to communicate effectively across cultural boundaries and work harmoniously with diverse groups of students, faculty, and staff.

Demonstrated commitment to contribute to a safe work environment.

Desirable Knowledge, Skills, and/or Abilities

Gene cloning, siRNA mediated gene knockdown skill, animal surgery skills such as brain microinjection, in vivo gene transduction, telemetry transducer implantation

Language, Mathematics and/or Reasoning Skills


Work Environment and/or Physical Demands

The work environment is that of a typical lab, office, and/or classroom setting. The noise level in the work environment is usually low to moderate.

Required Training and Other Conditions of Employment

Every employee at Michigan Technological University will receive the following 4 required pieces of training; additional training may be required by the department.

Required University Training:

  • Employee Safety Overview

  • Anti-Harassment, Discrimination, Retaliation Training

  • Annual Data Security Training 

  • Annual Title IX Training


Background Check:

Offers of employment are contingent upon and not considered finalized until the required background check has been performed and the results received and assessed.

Other Conditions of Employment:

The successful applicant will be responsible for ensuring eligibility for employment in the United States on or before the effective date of the appointment.  This is not an E-Verified Position.

Full-Time Equivalent (FTE) % (1=100%)


FLSA Status


Appointment Term

12 months



Pay Rate/Salary


Title of Position Supervisor


Posting Type

Internal & External

Dependent on Funding


Special Instructions to Applicants (if applicable)

Applicants will need to upload a letter of application, curriculum vitae, and contact information for (3) three professional references.

Additional Information

Michigan Technological University, one of the four major research universities in the State of Michigan, is located in Michigan’s Upper Peninsula adjacent to Lake Superior. The community offers a small-town environment with outstanding four-season recreational opportunities. Michigan Tech is located in Houghton, MI on the south shore of Lake Superior.

Michigan Tech is proud to be an ADVANCE Institution that has thrice received National Science Foundation support to increase diversity, inclusion, and the participation and advancement of women and underrepresented individuals in STEM. (see

Michigan Technological University is an Equal Opportunity Educational Institution/Equal Opportunity Employer that provides equal opportunity for all, including protected veterans and individuals with disabilities.

Required Education, Certifications, Licensures* (minimum requirements)

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