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Faculty Position - Synaptic Physiology

The Department of Physiology, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, invites applications for a tenure-track, assistant professor in neuroscience, working in the area of synaptic function. Individuals working in synaptic plasticity, synaptic modulation, neuronal calcium, dendritic integration, and neuronal circuits are especially encouraged to apply but applications are welcome from candidates who plan to investigate any aspect of synaptic physiology. Successful candidates will demonstrate outstanding research credentials that complement a strong group of neuroscientists in the Department who study synapses, ion channels, neuronal signaling, neuronal circuitry, control of movement, vision and hearing. The Department features a breadth of inquiry encompassing molecular to systems level research, a supportive collegial work environment, and a collective commitment to collaborative research. The successful candidate will teach in one or more courses in the Department, will become a trainer in the departmental Ph.D. program as well as in other interdepartmental Ph.D. programs as appropriate, and will participate in faculty governance and department, SMPH, and university service activities. An anticipated grant from the NIH under the American Recovery and Restoration Act (ARRA) New Faculty Recruitment Initiative which will support start-up costs.

Interested individuals should submit curriculum vitae, a one to two page summary of research interests and plans, and three letters of reference. Applications can be mailed electronically to or they can be sent by mail to Mary Walker, Faculty Search Committee 62653, University of Wisconsin School of Medicine and Public Health, Department of Physiology, 1300 University Avenue, Madison, WI 53706. To ensure consideration, please submit the complete application by November 1, 2009. However, applications will be accepted until the position is filled.

Unless confidentiality is requested in writing, information regarding applicants and nominees must be released upon request. Finalists cannot be guaranteed confidentiality.

The UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. 

Postdoctoral Fellow

Required Degree(s) and Area of Specialty: Ph.D. (or equivalent) in Physiology, Biochemistry, Chemistry, Biophysics or related field

We are seeking a postdoctoral trainee to study mechanisms of sudden cardiac death associated with acquired and inherited long QT syndrome (LQTS). Efforts focus on the hERG channel, the primary target of acquired LQTS and the basis of a toxicity screen used worldwide to ensure drugs in development do not cause catastrophic cardiac arrhythmias. We study biophysical properties of hERG channel gating and pharmacology, determinants of surface channel density, pathways of intracellular trafficking, and mechanisms of channel assembly and subunit composition, all of which are critical for cardiac repolarization and represent targets for perturbations resulting in LQTS. We use manual and high throughput patch clamp electrophysiology in heterologous expression systems, quantitative western blot analysis of expressed and native proteins, immunocytochemistry and a variety of screening methods for protein-protein interactions. Creative, highly motivated individuals with demonstrated strength in membrane protein biochemistry are particularly encouraged to apply, but applications in any relevant area will be considered. A strong quantitative background is highly desirable. Opportunities for technology development and commercial applications abound in this highly translational area of research.

Please submit applications to:
Gail Robertson, Ph.D.
Dept. of Physiology

Postdoctoral Fellow

Postdoctoral position available for studying epigenetic regulations of neural stem cells

Principal Investigator: Xinyu Zhao, PhD

A postdoctoral position is available in my laboratory to study epigenetic regulations of postnatal neurogenesis and neural stem cell functions. Potential projects include using cultured neural stem cells and gene knockout mice as model systems to investigate the effect of epigenetic factors (DNA methylation, RNA binding proteins, noncoding small RNAs) on the self-renewal and lineage determination of neural stem cells. We are seeking a highly motivated and self-directed individual with good communication, mentoring, and problem-solving skills. A strong background in mammalian cell culture, cell-based assays, and animal models is required. Knowledge in neuroscience and experience in molecular biology are desired. This position is an NIH-funded 3-year appointment. The salary and benefits are competitive US-standard

If interested, please contact Dr Zhao by email:


The following positions are currently open in the Human Proteomics Program:
  • Research Specialist
  • Post-doctoral Fellow
  • Research Scientist
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UW-Madison is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer. We promote excellence through diversity and encourage all qualified individuals to apply.

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Last Updated: Feb. 1, 2011