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Employment Opportunities

Browse the categories below to learn more about current openings within the Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer's Disease.


 Faculty Openings

Assistant or Associate Professor of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences for Dementia and Imaging Research

The Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences and the Mesulam Center for Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine seek a full-time, tenure-track investigator at the rank of assistant or associate professor. The research will take place at the Mesulam Center. The center contains an NIH-funded Alzheimer’s Disease Center. Extensively characterized patients and controls of the Alzheimer’s Disease Center will be available for the candidate’s research. In addition to multimodal neuroimaging (e.g., structural and functional MRI, diffusion imaging, and PET), electrophysiological brain mapping capabilities will also be available. Translational research related to novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches will be encouraged. Depending on the research areas of the successful candidate, the center's brain bank will enable investigations on the post-mortem correlates of in vivo cognitive and structural disease markers.

Qualified candidates will be expected to establish an independent laboratory synergistic with existing Mesulam Center programs on cognition and imaging in dementia. Successful candidates may also have a background in computer science, bioinformatics and advanced statistics.

The start date is negotiable and the position will remain open until filled. When applying, please upload this completed list of references form to suggest the names of individuals who could write letters of reference on your behalf.

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Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

 Staff Openings

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 Fellowship Opportunities


Postdoctoral Fellowship position in neurodegeneration in the NCI/R35 funded laboratory of Dr. Marcus E. Peter

A postdoctoral position is available in the NCI/R35 funded laboratory of Dr. Marcus E. Peter to study the role of toxic RNAs in health and disease. Projects are based on the recent discovery by the PeterLab of a kill code embedded in the genome of multicellular organisms. This kill switch is based on RNA interference and can be engaged to kill cancer cells. However, it may also determine cell fate in multiple neurodegenerative diseases, such as Huntington's disease (HD), Alzheimer's disease (AD) and amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS).

The position is to investigate the inverse relationship between neurodegenerative diseases such as AD and HD and cancer and the contribution of 6mer seed toxicity to the disease pathology. It will entail working with cell lines and mouse models of AD, HD and cancer. We have evidence that toxic small RNAs bound to the RNA induced silencing complex (RISC) suppress cancer and at the same time cause loss of neurons resulting in neurodegenerative diseases. The work will also involve advanced biochemistry such as pull down of Ago proteins and quantifying bound small RNAs using RNA Seq. For background info see: Gao et al. (2018) Nature Comm, 9, 4504; Murmann et al. (2018), EMBO Rep, 19, e45336; Murmann et al. (2018) Trends in Cancer, 4:684. Putzbach et al. (2017) eLife 6, e29702; Murmann et al. (2017), Oncotarget 8, 84643; Patel and Peter (2017) Cell Cycle, 17, 506; Putzbach et al. (2018) Trends in Cancer, 4, 10; Putzbach et al., (2018) eLife, 7, e38621.

If you wish to be part of dynamic team that explores new ideas on the causes and treatments of neurodegenerative diseases, this is for you.

Successful candidates should be highly motivated and have a recent Ph.D. degree with a strong background in neurobiology, molecular biology and/or cell biology. At least one first author publication in an excellent journal is a requirement. Experience in working with protein and RNA methods is desired as well as basic knowledge on data analysis. Interested individuals should send C.V. and names of three references to the address below or by email to:

Marcus Peter
Northwestern University
Feinberg School of Medicine
303 E Superior St, Lurie 6-123
Chicago, Il 60611

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