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Waters Lab/PI: Christopher Waters, Phd

Post-Doctoral Scholar

Responsibilities of the position include working with Christopher M. Waters, PhD, to conduct NIH-sponsored research on mechanisms of lung injury and repair involving apoptosis signal-regulating kinase-1 (ASK1), Rho kinase (ROCK), and inflammasome signaling; designing and conducting experimental studies within an interdisciplinary team; and organizing, analyzing, and presenting experimental data. Experience with cell culture, molecular biology, animal models of lung injury, inflammation, epithelial biology, mechanical ventilation, and pulmonary physiology are desirable. All applicants should have excellent oral and written communication skills.

The UK College of Medicine Department of Physiology is currently ranked in the top ten nationally by the American Physiological Society. When applying, please submit a Curriculum Vitae, a description of research interests/goals (not to exceed two pages), and a list of references with contact information.

This position will be open until filled.


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Bieberich Lab/PI: Erhard Bieberich, PhD

Post Doctoral Scholar

A post-doctoral position is immediately available in the Bieberich Lab at the University of Kentucky located in Lexington, Ky. The initial focus of this role will be exciting NIH-funded projects examining function of lipids, particularly the sphingolipid ceramide, in neural development and neurodegeneration. We have long-term funding and immediate openings related to the projects. Anticipated approaches to delineate these comorbid pathophysiological responses will harness multiple contemporary technologies including single-cell and spatial transcriptomics, flow cytometry/FACS, metabolomics, and multiphoton vascular imaging in intact animals.

The successful candidate(s) will benefit from a highly-stimulating and collaborative research environment in addition to an organized training plan to propel their future career goals. There are ample opportunities for scientific growth, career enhancement, and development into an independent investigator in academia, industry, or other career paths. Although the projects are currently funded by NIH, an integral part of post-doctoral training is the process of preparing a research proposal and writing a fellowship application, so Post-Docs are encouraged to apply for external funding when possible. Qualified candidates will also be eligible to apply to other University of Kentucky awarded T32 training programs.

The UK College of Medicine Department of Physiology ( is on the same campus as the medical center (, which may allow for many potential networking and collaborative interactions and opportunities. The Sanders-Brown Center on Aging (, also local to the Department of Physiology, includes the NIH-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Center that provides access to world-class translational resources to support innovative research (e.g. longitudinally followed and well-characterized clinical cohorts, neuroimaging, biomarkers, and autopsy specimens). Post-docs can also collaborate with a number of other centers at the University that facilitate neuroscience research, including the Spinal Cord and Brain Injury Research Center (, the Magnetic Resonance Imaging and Spectroscopy Center (, the Center for Clinical and Translational Science (, and the Kentucky Neuroscience Institute (, to name a few.

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