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The Postdoctoral Scholars Program helps postdoctoral scholars broaden their research abilities and equip themselves with the skills necessary for a successful career.

Opportunities at Tufts

The Postdoctoral Scholar will work closely with Dr. Bernard Arulanandam (Professor of Immunology, Vice Provost for Research) and his research team to develop novel immunotherapeutics against human bacterial pathogens including Chlamydia and Acinetobacter. 

For more information please see the link below:

https://viceprovost.tufts.edu/announcements/postdoctoral-scholar-department-immunology

A Research Associate (Postdoctoral) position in Exocrine Gland Physiology Research is available immediately in the Dry Mouth and Dry Eye Research Laboratory at Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, Boston, MA. Applicants with Ph.D. and/or M.D. degrees are sought to investigate the impact of chronic inflammation on lacrimal and salivary gland myoepithelial cells functions that lead to symptoms of dry mouth and dry eye. A variety of cellular and molecular techniques are employed to perform these studies.

The preferred applicant must demonstrate experience with in vivo experimentation, the ability to perform immunostaining, PCR, western blotting, and tissue culture and must demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills. The applicant must be able to independently plan and execute research activities including data collection, evaluation and analyses. Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience and in accordance with NIH guidelines.

Candidates should send curriculum vitae to: Dr. Driss Zoukhri, Tufts University School of Dental Medicine, 1 Kneeland Street, DHS 639, Boston, MA 02111. Email: driss.zoukhri@tufts.edu

Two research associates (postdoctoral) positions in the field of remote sensing and spatial analysis are available immediately. The research associates will work closely with Dr. Peilei Fan (The Department of Urban Environmental Policy and Planning at Tufts University) on funded research focusing on remote sensing, spatial modeling, data/information synthesis, and the manipulation and processing of terrestrial satellite data. We are seeking highly qualified candidates with proficiencies in spatial analysis, both SAR and optical remote sensing technology, Google Earth Engine, and Python programming. Cloud computing and deep machine learning are preferred but not required.

Successful candidate is required to have a PhD with a quantitative background and first authored peer-reviewed publication(s) in remote sensing of environment, land cover changes, landscape ecology, or spatial modeling. The preferred applicants must demonstrate excellent written and oral communication skills. The applicant must be able to independently plan and execute research activities including data collection, evaluation, and analyses. Salary and benefits will be commensurate with experience.

Review of applications will begin from Dec. 15 and continue until a successful candidate is identified. The position is for a one-year period, with a likely renewal for a second and, possibly, third year contingent on additional funding.

The application should include: (i) cover letter; (ii) a full current CV; (iii) the names, positions, and contact information for two referees; and (iv) one or two published journal manuscripts with primary authorship by the applicant. All material shall be sent to Dr. Peilei Fan at Peilei.Fan@tufts.edu with “Postdoctoral Scholar Application” in the subject heading.

Position Title:
Postdoctoral Fellow

Position Description:
A postdoctoral position is available to investigate the neurobiological mechanisms underlying individual differences in responsivity to stress and alcohol. This project is funded by an NIAAA grant to Dr. Marcus Weera at Tufts University in the greater Boston area. This research project uses an integrative approach that combines anatomical, neurocircuit, and pharmacological approaches with biochemical techniques and behavioral testing. The ideal candidate will have experience in rodent models of stress and/or alcohol drinking/exposure, plus one or more of the above techniques. The successful candidate will be mentored toward research independence in their chosen area of specialization. Review of applications will begin immediately. The initial post-doctoral appointment will be for 2 years with a possibility for extension. The post-doctoral fellow will work in a collaborative environment in the Greater Boston area and receive a starting stipend above NIH level.

Qualifications:
Eligible Individuals must hold or be near completion (within six months) of a Ph.D. or equivalent degree in Neuroscience, Psychology, Biology, or related field.

What You Will Do:
The post-doctoral fellow will collaborate closely with the project PI on all aspects of the project, including literature review, developing and refining experiments, IACUC compliance, pilot-testing and equipment set-up, data acquisition, data management and analysis, writing up of results for presentation and publication. The post-doctoral fellow is expected to contribute intellectually to the project and will have a reasonable degree of freedom to develop their own research niche. The fellow may occasionally be expected to train and guide junior members in the lab.

About the University & Department:
Tufts University is a world-class private R1 research university located in Greater Boston. The Department of Psychology at Tufts University conducts cutting-edge interdisciplinary research aimed at understanding the causes and consequences of mental processes and behavior. Tufts has a highly collaborative and collegial environment, and we seek candidates who will contribute to a climate where students, faculty, and staff of all identities and backgrounds have equitable access and success opportunities.

How To Apply:
Submit a letter indicating research interests and career goals, CV, and names of 3 references as a single PDF to marcus.weera@tufts.edu.

The Department of Psychology at Tufts University conducts cutting-edge interdisciplinary research aimed at understanding the causes and consequences of mental processes and behavior. The department’s primary approach is experimental, with researchers at the forefront of neuroscience; applied cognition; cognitive, clinical and affective neuroscience; social psychology; and developmental psychology.

We (Drs. Aerielle Allen, Lisa Shin, and Sam Sommers) seek a post-doctoral fellow to join our team in its work on an NIH Transformative Award-funded project titled, Effects of Racism on Brain and Physiological Pathways to Health Disparities. In this research we aim to examine the brain, physiological, and psychological responses to the recollection of specific personal experiences with racism among participants who identify as Black or African American. The project will also use prospective smartphone-based ecological momentary assessment (EMA) methods to measure the frequency and severity of experiences with racism as they occur in daily life in real time, permitting the investigation of how these measures associate with brain, physiological, and health outcomes. The initial post-doctoral appointment will be for one year with a possibility for extension.

What You Will Do:
The Post-Doctoral Fellow will collaborate closely with the project PIs on all aspects of the study, including literature review, developing and refining study measures, IRB compliance, pilot-testing and equipment set-up, data acquisition (specifically: participant interview session, EMA oversight, in-person fMRI scans), data management and analysis, writing up of results for presentation and publication as a co-author. The Postdoctoral Fellow will also interface with the team’s full-time project coordinator in overseeing the general progress of the research program.

What We Are Looking For:
The position requires a Ph.D. degree in Psychology, Neuroscience, or a related field and demonstrable skills in advancing research from conceptualization to publication. Candidates must have experience and/or interest in working with diverse populations and studying research questions related to equity, racism, and health disparity. Candidates must be organized and attentive to detail, collaborative as well as independent, and able to balance and prioritize multiple tasks. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in the acquisition and analysis of fMRI data. Experience with ecological momentary assessment would also be beneficial.

Some research indicates that women, persons of color, and individuals from less socially privileged backgrounds are less likely to apply for positions unless they are confident that they meet every one of the qualifications cited. You are encouraged you to apply if you believe that you have the skills for this position, meet most of the criteria outlined above, and are passionate about joining a team conducting psychological research seeking to investigate and ameliorate the neural, physiological, and health-related consequences of anti-Black racism.

How to Apply:
Please send your Resume and Cover Letter to Sam.Sommers@tufts.edu.

Other Information:

  • Start Date: Looking for candidates who can start as soon as possible.
  • End Date: This is a term-limited 1 year position, with the possibility of renewal pending satisfactory job performance. The position is funded until Jun 2028.
  • Location: Tufts Medford Campus, 490 Boston Avenue, Medford, MA 02155
  • Schedule: Full time and in person with the possibility of some days working remote. Discussion with supervisor necessary.
  • Hiring Manager and Supervisor: Sam Sommers (Sam.Sommers@tufts.edu)

The Osterweil lab is recruiting a motivated individual to fill a postdoctoral position in molecular
neuroscience. You will be joining the exciting, fast-paced environment at Boston Children’s
Hospital/ Harvard Medical School investigating cell type-specific mRNA translation in neural
function and dysfunction (www.osterlab.org/).

Our group has a number of hypothesis-driven projects that are aimed at identifying critical
mechanisms in neural plasticity, and determining how these processes go awry in
neurodevelopmental disorders such as fragile X syndrome. We are using molecular approaches
including TRAP-seq, scRNA-seq, and spatial transcriptomics, and combining these with
electrophysiological and behavioral assays to answer research questions and test potential
therapeutic approaches that arise from this work. We are also employing new models to
determine the conservation of synaptic mechanisms between mouse and human.

Candidates must have a PhD in neuroscience, cell biology, or a related field, and show evidence
of good productivity in the form of publications. Experience with either molecular neuroscience
and mouse brain surgical techniques, or RNA-seq and bioinformatics, is greatly preferred.

Please send a CV, cover letter with statement of interest, and 2-3 letters of references to:
emily.osterweil@childrens.harvard.edu. Applications will be accepted until a suitable candidate
is found.

Boston Children’s Hospital is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. Qualified
applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to their race, color, religion,
national origin, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, protected veteran status or disability.

Boston Children’s Hospital requires all employees to be vaccinated against COVID-19 and Flu,
(unless you are eligible for a medical or religious exemption).

Considering taking time to get research training in your chosen specialty? Apply for Tufts CTSI's T32 Fellowship Program. This prestigious, NIH-funded program:

  • Leads to a Certificate (one to two years), MS (two years), or PhD in Clinical and Translational Science with training in study design, biostatistics, and epidemiology.
  • Offers a superb research training environment with mentorship by clinical experts in your specialty and nationally known experts in clinical research.
  • Provides ample opportunity for publication. 
  • Includes a stipend and full tuition for the Graduate School of Biomedical Sciences CTS Program.
  • Starts July 1, 2024.

If you have an interest in quantitative methods, clinical epidemiology, predictive modeling, comparative effectiveness research, biomedical data sciences, health policy, or health disparities, contact Senior Program Manager Elizabeth Leary, PhD, for more information. Doctoral-level scholars and clinicians (postdocs) and those who are in medical school or PhD programs (predocs) are encouraged to apply.

Applications are due by Wednesday, May 1, and early submissions are strongly encouraged. Apply here.

Are you passionate about inter-disciplinary research in molecular biology and medicine? Want to be a part of National Institute of Health and American Heart Association funded studies at the intersection of cardiology and oncology, disease mechanism and therapy, and join a collaborative and supportive team environment at the heart of Boston, U.S.A.?

A Postdoctoral Research Fellow position (2 years, extendable beyond that) is available in the Molecular Cardiology Research Institute (MCRI), Tufts Medical Center, Chen laboratory. We investigate the impact of autophagy, a cellular degradative and recycling process, on the heart and tumor utilizing state-of-the-art autophagy imaging technology (Nat Biomed Eng. 2022 Sep;6(9):1045-1056). We are passionate about optimizing autophagy modulation as a viable therapeutic strategy that is translatable (PLoS One.2023 Mar 16;18(3):e0282859). Our experimental approaches include: in vitro cell models, molecular biology, high resolution intravital microscopy, flow cytometry, state-of-the-art in vivo molecular imaging of the cardiovascular system and tumor in murine disease models, in vivo cardiovascular function studies, mitochondrial biology and metabolism, multiomics and signaling studies, extracellular vesicles, pharmacology, nanoparticles, nanoprobe synthesis, theranostics. Our long-term goal is to translate the molecular insights gained from the bench to improve cardiovascular and human health.

Candidates will hold a PhD, MD/PhD, or equivalent in biology, bioengineering, or health sciences fields, have excellent writing and communications skills, and committed to a career in cardiovascular science. The postdoc will have the opportunities to submit to fellowship and other grant funding mechanisms to prepare for an independent career. Prior experience in autophagy, apoptosis, cell biology, molecular imaging, small animal experimentation is desirable but not required.

We are an international, diverse, inclusive group. Underrepresented minorities or women are encouraged to apply. Please send cover letter, curriculum vitae, and two to three reference contacts or letters to Howard Chen (Howard.Chen@tuftsmedicine.org), cc Debbie Slater (Debbie.Slater@tuftsmedicine.org).

To find out more about what we work on, check out: https://go.tufts.edu/ChenLab

And Beyond

Summary

The focus of the Sampson Lab at Boston Children’s Hospital/Harvard Medical School is to discover the molecular basis of nephrotic syndrome through human genomics to inform mechanisms, treatments, and cures for this disease (http://sampsonlab.org). We integrate genomics data with other molecular and clinical datasets to discover the biological and clinical impact of the disease-associated genomic variants we discover. We also focus on using large Biobanks to empower genomic discovery for NS. Finally, we are also using new technologies and developing analytic strategies to make definitive genomic diagnoses for patients.

We are now seeking an intellectually curious and independent thinking post-doctoral fellow to drive forward projects in one or more of these broad research areas.

Specific projects available include:

  • GWAS and blood and kidney eQTL/pQTL studies of immunosuppressive sensitive NS
  • Genomic and single cell multiomic analysis of APOL1 mediated kidney disease
  • Transcriptome-driven genetic diagnosis of nephrotic syndrome
  • Nephrotic syndrome discovery using population- and hospital-based Biobanks

We are most interested in applicants with excellent skills in biostatistics, as well as a strong understanding of human genetics, bioinformatics, and/or genome biology. They will use both well-established and newer methods for analysis of diverse types of genomic data, including genome and exome sequencing, and bulk and single cell transcriptomics. They will drive their own projects and also support the efforts of other members of the group.

The Sampson Lab is located at Boston Children’s Hospital and is affiliated with Harvard Medical School, the Broad Institute of MIT and Harvard, and Brigham & Women’s Hospital. It is well-funded through multiple Federal grants and other resources. It is a vibrant, highly collaborative, and multidisciplinary environment made up of nephrologists, computational geneticists, biostatisticians, and epidemiologists, and bench researchers.

Responsibilities

  • Designing, troubleshooting, and analysis of diverse genomic discovery efforts using our own genomic & phenotypic data & those aggregated from publicly available resources.
  • Independent thinking and decision making related to study design and analysis
  • Demonstrate attention to detail and problem-solving skills
  • Excellent communication with external collaborators
  • Preparation of manuscripts, grants, and presentations.

Minimum Qualifications

  • PhD in biostatistics, biocomputing/bioinformatics, genetics/genomics, or a related field
  • Experience in any of the following: GWAS, eQTL, single cell analysis, human genetics/genomics, variant calling, rare diseases
  • Strong communication skills (writing and presenting)
  • Programming experience in UNIX, R, and/or Python
  • Familiarity with high-performance and/or cloud computing
  • Evidence of prior publication(s) and conference/oral presentations
  • Excellence in collaborating and interacting with others

Preferred Qualifications

  • Working with bioinformatics analysis pipelines, code version control (e.g., git) tools and/or experience with standard bioinformatic tools (e.g., samtools, PLINK, bedtools)
  • Familiarity with reproducible data science using Jupyter Notebook or RMarkdown or other
  • An understanding of biological systems

Contact

Interested candidates should send a cover letter and CV to: matthew.sampson@childrens.harvard.edu

Matt Sampson, MD MSCE ASCI
Warren E. Grupe Chair in Pediatric Nephrology, Boston Children’s Hospital
Associate Professor of Pediatrics and Medicing, Harvard Medical School
Associate Member, Broad Institute
Research Faculty, Brigham and Women’s Hospital

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, gender identity, sexual orientation, pregnancy and pregnancy related conditions or any other characteristic protected by law.

Funding opportunity from the ADCES Foundation and the Certification Board for Diabetes Care and Education (CBDCE), to support the career of emerging leaders in diabetes care and education. The research fellowship reinforces long-term goals by both organizations to build on existing research in diabetes care and enhance health outcomes for people with diabetes, prediabetes and other cardiometabolic conditions.

More information can be found on the ADCES Foundation website.

If you are an early career scientist who is interested in this opportunity, please reach out to the ADCES Research Fellowship Committee at grants@adces.org.

The Intelligence Community (IC) Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Program offers scientists and engineers from a wide variety of disciplines unique opportunities to conduct research in a wide range of topics relevant to the Intelligence Community. The research is conducted by the Postdocs, while working in partnership with a Research Advisor and collaborating with an advisor from the Intelligence Community. In partnership with the Research Advisor, the Postdoc composes and submits a technical proposal that responds to a research opportunity identified at: https://orise.orau.gov/icpostdoc/current-opportunities.html

Award Details:

  • Annual stipends range from $78,000 to $82,000, depending on research location
  • Annual travel budget of up to $6,000
  • Additional dedicated travel budget of $3,500 for year one and $2,500 for year 2
  • Relocation reimbursement of up to $3,500 based on relocation mileage
  • Host institutions receive an annual laboratory budget of $5,000
  • Appointments for two years, and option to extend for a third year

Postdoc Eligibility:

  • U.S. citizenship required
  • Ph.D. received within 5 years of the application deadline

To learn more and to apply, please visit https://orise.orau.gov/icpostdoc/

Applications Accepted Jan. 2 - Feb. 28, 2024