Research Fellow - Regenerative Neuroscience

Neurologic Surgery
Position description
A Regenerative Neuroscience postdoctoral position is available immediately.

We are seeking a talented, highly motivated individual to join the laboratory directed by Dr. Terry Burns M.D., Ph.D., in the department of Neurosurgery at Mayo Clinic, Rochester, Minnesota. The Burns lab seeks to improve strategies for clinical translation of therapies for brain tumors and other neurological diseases. The lab has a wide range or expertise and interests, including stem cell biology, glioma, neurodegeneration, radiation injury, senescence. Activities span cell culture, mouse models, imaging, biomarker discovery, bioinformatics, device development and clinical studies. The laboratory has a number of local, national and international collaborations and is involved in discovery/translation work from bench to bedside. Current projects span oligodendrocyte progenitor cell therapy, radiation injury, senolytic therapy, metabolomics, reverse microdialysis, and device development to enable in vivo drug testing within the human brain.

We are seeking a talented collaborative individual with a background in neuroscience, stem cell biology, cancer biology, neuropharmacology and/or informatics. The ideal candidate will be a highly accomplished Ph.D. graduate with plans for and a trajectory toward an independent scientific career.

Responsibilities will include:
  • Project management, including forging and fostering local, national and international collaborations
  • Establishing and validating new laboratory protocols
  • Basic science and translational research spanning wet bench, animal surgery, imaging, microscopy, analysis
  • Opportunity to participate in device development and testing
  • Scientific writing, including contribution to scientific manuscripts and grants
  • Team leadership and mentorship of trainees
  • Coordination and communication across multiple teams and stakeholders

Required characteristics:
  • Ph.D. or equivalent in appropriate scientific field of neuroscience or biomedicine
  • A strong publication record with evidence of scientific rigor and productivity
  • Deep scientific understanding of neuroscience, molecular, cellular and cancer biology
  • Proficient in most or all of the scientific methods described above, including animal work
  • Outstanding English written and oral communication skills
  • Excellent teamwork, time management and organizational skills.
  • Ability to independently prepare and manage timetables, deliverables, and project schedules
  • Comfortable working in a fast-paced, dynamic and results-oriented environment
  • The ability to meet deadlines and multitask efficiently is essential
  • Self-motivated and pro-active; skilled in troubleshooting and problem-solving
  • Positive, infectious enthusiasm for science, teamwork and curing disease

Advantageous characteristics:
  • Expertise in bioinformatics and metabolomics.
  • Comfortable with mouse surgery
  • Expertise in coding (R, Python, etc.)
  • Expertise in neuropharmacology and microdialysis
  • Experience in a medical facility with human subjects

A Research Fellow at Mayo Clinic is a temporary position intended to provide training and education in research. Individuals will train in the research program of a Mayo Clinic principal investigator. Qualified individuals will demonstrate the potential for research as evidenced by their training and peer-reviewed publications and should become competitive for national research grants. Proof of English proficiency is required for J-1 Short-Term Scholars, Research Scholars, Professors, Specialists, and Student Interns sponsored by Mayo Clinic. Please attach the following required documents at the time of application.
  • Current curriculum vitae and bibliography
    • Three letters of recommendation, signed, on letterhead, describing:
    • Relationship to the applicant.
    • Past work/academic performance.
    • Work qualities/personal conduct.
  • Overall assessment of potential for success in research environment.
  • Doctoral degree certification, if applicable:
    • Original or notarized copy of diploma or final transcript issued by school (English translation required).
800146; J2WRTP
Must have a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent doctoral degree in a field deemed relevant by the program. Research Fellow is appropriate for individuals who have completed no more than one prior postdoctoral fellowship, at Mayo Clinic or elsewhere.
Benefits eligible
Full Time
Site description
Mayo Clinic is located in the heart of downtown Rochester, Minnesota, a vibrant, friendly city that provides a highly livable environment for more than 34,000 Mayo staff and students. The city is consistently ranked among the best places to live in the United States because of its affordable cost of living, healthy lifestyle, excellent school systems and exceptionally high quality of life.
Postdoc & Temporary Research
Career profile
Post Doctoral Research
Neurologic Surgery, Research
Job posting number
Katrina Giese
Equal opportunity employer
Mayo Clinic is an equal opportunity educator and employer (including veterans and persons with disabilities).