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POSITION TITLE:  Postdoctoral Associate

The Lippi lab at Scripps Research seeks a Postdoctoral Associate as part of a growing team of investigators studying how a class of non-coding RNAs, called microRNAs, instructs brain development. We have developed molecular tools to map and manipulate microRNA-target interactions in specific cell types of the brain. We are now recruiting researchers that want to apply these tools to understand microRNAs mechanisms establishing neuronal identity and wiring neural circuits. Collectively, our work spans multiple disciplines, including tool development, molecular, cellular and system neuroscience. For more information, please visit .

The Lippi lab is a fun, fast-paced, results-driven, highly collaborative environment. We are located at the Dorris Neuroscience Center, part of the Department of Neuroscience at The Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla. We have many collaborators in the San Diego Mesa that includes other stellar institutions like UCSD, Salk and Sanford Burnham. The workplace culture is diverse, dynamic, and progressive. The lifestyle in San Diego is truly amazing, with a year-round temperate climate, and easy access to the ocean, the mountains, and the desert. The successful applicant is expected to present data at lab and departmental meetings and scientific conferences, prepare manuscripts, mentor junior lab members, and apply for external fellowships. We expect the candidate to be familiar with basic molecular biology, sterile, and cell culture techniques; animal model research; the operation of standard lab equipment. A successful applicant will have excellent communication skills and the ability to interact with all levels of lab members and with external contacts in the research environment. The applicant should have creative problem-solving skills and be able to work independently and as part of a team. Review of applicants will start immediately and continue until the positions are filled. Interested individuals should submit a single pdf file with all of the following 1) CV; 2) Research Statement (1 page); 3) Statement of career goals (1/2 page); 4) Contact information for 2-3 references.

Postdoctoral Associates are appointed positions for the purpose of developing scholarly competence, working under the supervision of a Scripps Research Faculty member. These appointments are normally not renewed beyond a total of five years. Postdoctoral Associates cannot apply for external funding either as a Principal Investigator or Co-Principal Investigator without prior approval from a Departmental Chair. Postdoctoral Associates do not have consulting privileges.
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Must possess a doctoral degree. A pending doctoral degree may be considered with approval of the Principal Investigator. Candidates with a strong published track record in molecular biology, developmental neuroscience, RNA biology, circuit/systems neuroscience are preferred. This position works in a laboratory or vivarium environment. Further details of the physical requirements of established essential functions for this position will be addressed/discussed during the interview process.

COMPENSATION: Commensurate based on experience following NIH guidelines

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