Postdoctoral Research Scholar, Edson Foundation


Tempe, Arizona

Open Date

Dec 27, 2019


We invite applications for one Edson Foundation Postdoctoral Research Scholar in the ASU-Banner Neurodegenerative Disease Research Center (NDRC) at Arizona State University. The goal of the Edson foundation is to fund research that will find new discoveries and solutions to better the quality of life for people affected by neurodegenerative diseases. 

As a prestigious Edson Postdoctoral Research Scholar, you will have a primary mentor in the NDRC, but will have the opportunity to collaborate with other investigators. The NDRC prides itself on producing high impactful research through collaborations. The selected candidate will work on projects related to identifying novel therapeutic targets in Alzheimer’s disease. This will include both human post-mortem tissue assays and live rodent work.  Additionally, the fellow will have the opportunity to work on identifying various environmental risk factors that are associated with Alzheimer’s disease.

We will begin reviewing applications January 27, 2020 and will continue to review incoming applications on a biweekly basis until the position is filled. Applicants must apply at

Essential Duties:

  • Transgenic rodent handling including; behavioral assessment, drug delivery and collection of various tissue at death.
  • Use of microscopy, unbiased stereology, confocal imaging, image analysis, and molecular biology methods.
  • Data analyses, manuscript preparation, and oral presentations
  • Assist with the preparation (brainstorming) and writing of grant proposals
  • Coordinate among team members, mentor undergraduate and graduate students, and actively participate in journal clubs and lab meetings


Required Qualifications:

Applicants must have a Ph.D. by May 31st, 2020 in Behavior and/or molecular neuroscience, neurobiology, and/or in a biomedical field to be considered.

Desired Qualifications:

  • The ideal candidate must be highly motivated and have prior experience in neurobiology and neuroanatomy, with a strong focus in Neurodegenerative Diseases.
  • Candidates must have a strong background in wet lab techniques such as immunohistochemistry, immunoblots, tissue homogenization and qPCR.
  • Candidates must also possess a strong background in biostatistics; having bioinformatics expertise is a plus.
  • The candidate will be motivated to learn skills that implement a multidisciplinary approach, from genetic to behavioral level. 
  • The candidate must be a team player, as collaborations are a key driver to produce impactful research at the NDRC.

Application Instructions

Applicants are responsible for including a cover letter, CV, and the names of three professional references in the application through the Interfolio website. Emailed applications will not be accepted.

Application deadline is January 27, 2020.  Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool.  Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law.

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