Research Associate, Department of Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics
University of Virginia

Charlottesville, Virginia

Posted in Education and Training

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The Department of Molecular Physiology and Biological Physics at the University of Virginia invites applications for postdoc positions in the Laboratory of Dr. Hui-wang Ai.

The lab uses interdisciplinary approaches in chemical biology, molecular engineering, and fluorescence and bioluminescence imaging to study and manipulate complex biological systems, with a focus on developing novel molecular indicators to peer into cells and organisms to understand mechanisms.

The Chemical Biology candidate is expected to have synthetic chemistry expertise and can perform multistep organic synthesis independently. Meanwhile, the candidate should be interested in expanding his/her expertise in protein engineering and imaging. The research associate will design and synthesize new luciferase substrates, develop bioluminescent indicators, and work as part of a team of scientists to apply the new tools for cell and in vivo animal imaging.

The Neurophysiology research associate will work as part of a team of scientists to apply genetically encoded indicators to studying the role of oxidative stress in neurotransmission and Alzheimer's disease. The work will involve various in vitro and in vivo approaches, including primary neuron and brain slice preparation and culture, stereotactic injection, fluorescence and bioluminescence imaging of cell and tissue cultures and genetically engineered mice.

Excellent written and verbal skills are expected. Experienced and achieved candidates may be considered for appointment as "Research Scientists". The incumbents will participate in a diversity of relevant lab projects and in writing study reports for the study sponsors, papers, and grant applications and are expected to develop research programs as time permits. The incumbents will also be expected to attend and participate in laboratory meetings and seminars, as well as work collaboratively with graduate students, undergraduate students, technicians, fellows, and collaborators.

Postdoctoral employment is temporary and is normally limited to an individual who has been awarded a Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate within the previous five years and who will be involved in full-time research or scholarship at the University. Employment as a Postdoctoral Research Associate is viewed as training and is preparatory for a full-time academic or research career, is supervised by a senior scholar, and allows the appointee to publish the results of his/her research or scholarship during the training period.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Full-time research or scholarship at the University.

  • Preparatory for a full-time academic or research career

  • Supervised by a senior scholar, and allows the appointee to publish the results of his/her research or scholarship

  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.


Education: Doctoral degree

At the Research Associate level this is a 12-month appointment with the possibility of renewal contingent upon satisfactory performance and the availability of funding.

The positions will remain open until filled. The selected applicants will be required to complete a background check prior to their first day of employment per University policy.

For additional information about the position, please contact Dr. Hui-wang Ai at

For questions about the application process, please contact Eric Allen,Recruiter, at

Priority application review will begin April 23, 2022, but the position will remain open until filled.


This is primarily a sedentary job involving extensive use of desktop computers. The job does occasionally require traveling some distance to attend meetings, and programs.


PROCESS FOR INTERNAL UVA APPLICANTS: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search "Find Jobs", and search for "R0035158"

PROCESS FOR EXTERNAL APPLICANTS: Please visit UVA job board, and search for "R0035158"

Complete an application online and attach:

· CV/Resume

· Cover Letter detailing your interest in this position

Please note that you MUST upload ALL documents into the CV/Resume box.

Applications that do not contain all of the required documents will not receive full consideration.

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Please visit the UVA COVID-19 Job Requirements and Guidelines webpage prior to applying for current information regarding vaccination requirements and guidelines for employment at UVA.

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician's Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.

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