Postdoctoral Training Program

Our postdoctoral training program prepares scholars to investigate the genetic, cellular, and biochemical mechanisms that underlie neurodegenerative diseases such as Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, tauopathies, and prion diseases. We train fellows to become independent investigators who are qualified to research these complex diseases using the most appropriate and modern methods. Our current research involves both basic and translational science— from molecular, cell, and structural biology to transgenic mouse models and drug discovery.

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The IND is recruiting postdocs who will be working under the direction of Dr. Stanley Prusiner, along with one or more faculty mentors with whom they will interact on a day-to-day basis. Postdocs in Dr. Prusiner’s lab work in a multidisciplinary environment, including a rapidly growing drug discovery program, and have access to equipment necessary to translate biological discoveries into therapeutics, including a confocal microscope, mass spectrometers, electron microscopes, and a number of automated confocal cell imaging systems.

Successful applicants should hold or be close to holding a PhD or MD, have a track record of research accomplishments that include quality publications and scientific conference presentations, and expertise in one or more of the following branches: neuroscience, molecular biology, synthetic chemistry, biophysics, cell biology, and/or animal behavior.

As an exercise, applicants should prepare a one-page outline of an independent project that would leverage their skills and the resources of the IND to further our overarching goal of treating patients with neurodegenerative diseases. Apply online here with this example project, along with the following:

     1. Cover letter
     2. Curriculum vitae
     3. List of publications
     4. Contact information for three references

Postdoctoral applicants interested in working with other labs within the IND should see those individual lab pages:

Gestwicki Lab
Gunaydin Lab
Kampmann Lab
Keiser Lab
Kokel Lab
Willsey Lab


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