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Postdoctoral Scholar - Physiology & Cell Biology
University of Nevada, Reno in Reno, Nevada
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Date Posted November 20, 2019
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

The University of Nevada, Reno (UNR) appreciates your interest in employment at our growing institution. We want your application process to go smoothly and quickly. We ask that you keep in mind the following when completing your application:

  • Once you start the application process you cannot save your work. Please ensure you have all required attachment(s) available to complete your application before you begin the process.

  • Required attachments are listed below on the posting. Your application will not be considered without the required attachments.

  • Please note that applications must be submitted prior to the close of the recruitment. Once a recruitment has closed, applications will no longer be accepted.

If you need assistance or have questions regarding the application process, please contact the Human Resources helpline at (775) 784-1495 or jobs@unr.edu .

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Job Description

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is seeking qualified applicants for a postdoctoral scholar with the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology. The successful candidate will screen microRNAs, siRNAs, and chemical compound libraries, identify and test drug candidates that restore functions of pancreatic stem cells and beta cells in mouse models of type 1 and type 2 diabetes (monogenic, polygenic, diet-induced, obese and non-obese diabetes), and preform preclinical studies on drug candidates.

Major Responsibilities

  • Responsible for the design, real time data analysis, and interpretation of pharmacokinetic (PK), efficacy/toxicokinetic (TK), and pharmacodynamic (PD) preclinical and clinical studies.

  • Carry out in vivo efficacy/toxicity studies using genetically modified mouse models

  • Analyze, interpret, and present PK, PK/PD, and M&S data

  • Write scientific reports and prepare appropriate documentation to support applications for regulatory agency filing (INDs, NDAs).

Required Qualifications

  • PH.D./M.D./Pharm.D. with biological/pharmacology background

  • 2 to 3 years of experience with drug discovery and development in biotech, pharmaceutical companies, or academic laboratories

  • Proven knowledge of in vivo efficacy/toxicity, PK and PK/PD evaluation techniques

  • Appropriate modeling and computer software experience and proficiency in computer programs or PK software; i.e. WinNonlin, NONMEM, or similar.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with cell culture and in vitro assay development

  • Prior experience with therapeutic metabolic drug development and genetically modified mouse models

Compensation Grade

Postdoctoral Scholar

Department Information

For more information on the University and the School of Medicine, please visit https://med.unr.edu

For more information on the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology, please visit https://med.unr.edu/physio

Department Contact

Sandra Poudrier




Full-Time Equivalent



Required Attachment(s)

Please attach the following documents to your application

  • Resume/CV

  • Cover Letter

  • Contact information for three professional references


University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med)

For nearly 50 years the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine (UNR Med) has trained physicians who are leading the way to ‘A Healthy Nevada,’ nation and world. Community-based and research-intensive, UNR Med was founded upon a three-part mission of education, research and service and is committed to the values of compassion, diversity, excellence, integrity, respect, safety, service and stewardship. The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine is an inclusive and engaged community. We recognize that diverse faculty and leaders add value to the educational experience and promote excellence in our teaching, patient care, and research missions. We seek applications from candidates with diverse backgrounds and experiences who can contribute towards our mission, and uphold our core values.

Our mission has guided our growth in graduating the next generation of primary and specialty care physicians and medical researchers, while maintaining personalized instruction. We are building new residencies to train medical specialists, and expanding technologically-advanced infrastructure to keep pace with our world-class research to meet the needs of students, patients and researchers. The School of Medicine has a statewide outreach with a local touch providing patient care, health services and training physicians in Reno, Nevada and in the state’s rural communities. We seek to create an environment that serves all who enter our doors, from the physicians who teach our learners, to our employees and patients, whose health we seek to improve.


This posting is open until filled.

Qualified individuals are encouraged to apply immediately. This job posting will close without notice when a sufficient number of applications are received or a hiring decision has been made.


Posting Close Date


Note to Applicant

A background check will be conducted on the candidate(s) selected for hire.


HR will attempt to verify academic credentials upon receipt of hiring documents. If the academic credentials cannot be verified, HR will notify the faculty member that an official transcript of their highest degree must be submitted within thirty days of the faculty member’s first day of employment.


References will be contacted at the appropriate phase of the recruitment process.


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