Postdoctoral Research Associate

    The University of North Carolina
    Chapel hill, NC

    Job Description

    Posting Information

    Position Title

    Postdoctoral Research Associate

    Vacancy ID



    Biological and Genome Sciences - 428201

    Position Type

    Postdoctoral Scholar

    Salary Range

    $47,476 - $52,704


    Full Time

    If part-time, hours per week


    Proposed Start Date

    Estimated Duration of Appointment

    12 Months

    Posting Open Date


    Posting Close Date


    Open Until Filled


    Work Location

    Chapel Hill, NC

    Position Summary

    The Dowen Lab ( at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill seeks a Postdoctoral Research Associate to study the molecular regulation of metabolism and aging.

    We are seeking a highly motivated candidate with PhD training in molecular, cellular, or developmental biology. This individual will perform research on the mechanisms that control lipid homeostasis in C. elegans and will develop expertise in cellular signaling, development, and aging using genetic and functional genomic approaches. The candidate could initiate a new project or contribute to ongoing projects, including: 1) Investigating how pro-growth signaling regulates lipid metabolism pathways, 2) Identifying the molecular mechanisms that mediate metabolic trade-offs during development and aging, and 3) Understanding how gut microbiota engage metabolic pathways to control growth and aging. See these recent publications for additional information (Dowen 2019, Dev Cell; Dowen, et al. 2016 Genes & Dev). This individual will display critical thinking and leadership skills as they guide research projects to publication.

    The salary for this position meets the new Federal Fair Labor Standards Act. UNC is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer.

    Application materials should include a CV, cover letter (with summary of research experiences, future interests and availability date), reprints of publications, and contact information for three references. The application materials should be uploaded on the UNC Human Resources website under this posting and emailed directly to Dr. Rob Dowen (

    Educational Requirements

    PhD in Biomedical Sciences, Biology, or a related discipline is required.

    Qualifications and Experience

    Qualifications include knowledge of advanced molecular biology techniques, biochemistry, genomics, and genetics. Knowledge of and experience with C. elegans is also desired. A strong publication record is also necessary.

    Equal Opportunity Employer

    The University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, race, national origin, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

    Special Instructions

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    Special Physical and Mental Requirements

    Department Contact Name and Title

    Christina Terminello, Human Resources Coordinator

    Department Contact Telephone or Email


    Postdoctoral Affairs Contact Information

    If you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the University's Equal Employment Opportunity office at (919)-962-1091 or send an email to

    Please note: The Equal Employment Opportunity office will not be able to provide specific updates regarding position or application status.

    Applicant Documents
    Posting ID: 556638528Posted: 2020-05-21