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Molecular Mechanisms of Placenta Development and Function

National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, Research Triangle Park, NC

Position Description:

A postdoctoral position is immediately available (with an initial two-year duration) in the laboratory of Dr. Carlos M. Guardia, Placental Cell Biology Group, National Institute of Environmental Health Science (NIEHS), National Institutes of Health (NIH), Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, USA. Dr. Guardia’s laboratory focuses on the molecular mechanisms that control placenta development and function, with a strong focus on autophagy, intracellular trafficking, and hormones and extracellular vesicles secretion. In addition, the laboratory studies the pathogenesis of diseases resulting from dysfunction of these mechanisms, particularly preeclampsia. More information about the laboratory’s research and publications can be found at and

NIEHS is located in one of the biggest research parks in the US and is close to three outstanding universities: Duke University, the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and North Carolina State University. The institute offers great opportunities for training and research with the support of many core facilities, including cryo-EM, light microscopy, knockout mouse, mass spectroscopy, and sequencing. Our Institute is home to more than 50 research groups focusing on diverse aspects of environmental science, including reproduction. The scientists who work at NIEHS are highly interactive and our group engages in interdisciplinary research. NIEHS trains over 200 fellows and postdoctoral scientists on-site annually. Our fellows enjoy an extensive training and support infrastructure with numerous career development opportunities and broad access to the resources of NIH. For more information, see


The position is open to individuals with a PhD degree and less than 5 years of postdoctoral experience. The successful applicant will be expected to lead their own projects as well as to contribute to collaborative research efforts in the laboratory and to have a strong publication record, including first author papers in peer reviewed journals. Experience with animal (mouse) manipulation, standard cell and molecular biology techniques is required. Experience with viral vectors, advanced microscopy and imaging techniques, and transgenic and KO mice is strongly preferred, but not required.

To Apply:

Please email (use the subject: Postdoc Application - "YourLastName") and send a single PDF file containing: a statement of research interests (describe your motivation for pursuing postdoctoral training, why you are interested in our lab, how your background fits our research, and what type of projects you would like to work on), your CV, and names of three references with email addresses and phone numbers.

This position is subject to a background investigation.
Individuals from under-represented groups are strongly encouraged to apply.

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