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Post Doc Fellow, Pharmacology & Systems Physiology

University of Cincinnati

Job Description

Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati ranks among the nation’s best urban public research universities. Home to more than 47,000 students, 10,500 faculty and staff and 330,000 alumni, UC combines a Top 35 research university with a physical setting The New York Times calls “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.”


With the launch of Next Lives Here, the Cincinnati Innovation District, a $100 million JobsOhio investment, eight straight years of record enrollment, worldwide leadership in cooperative education, a dynamic academic health center and entry into the Big 12 athletic conference, UC’s momentum has never been stronger. UC’s annual budget tops $1.6 billion and its endowment totals $1.9 billion.


Job Overview

As one of the oldest medical schools in the country, the UC College of Medicine has a reputation for training best-in-class health care professionals and developing cutting-edge procedures and research that improves the health and clinical care of patients.


A Post Doc Fellow position is available in the laboratory of Karthick Chella Krishnan (www.med.uc.edu/klab) in the department of Pharmacology and Systems Physiology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine. The lab works on a mitochondrial basic research project focused on liver biology. The successful candidate will be investigating how host genetic background and sex differences influence the mitochondrial (dys)function and increases the susceptibility of non-alcoholic fatty liver disease (NAFLD). The position will be available for at least two years with yearly extensions (up to a total maximum of five years) pending satisfactory progress and/or funding availability. Positions are temporary appointments as a research trainee.


We are seeking a self-motivated, team-oriented individual with a strong work ethic and excellent communication skills. This position will support the University’s mission and commitment to excellence and diversity in our students, faculty, staff and all our activities.

Essential Functions

  • Perform in-depth mitochondrial function assessments in isolated liver mitochondria, primary or immortalized liver cells, and/or cell/molecular studies in mouse models.
  • Aide, supervise, design and implementation of experimental assays, animal studies, data generation, analysis, and interpretation.
  • Write manuscripts and present data at national and international meetings.
  • Assist in preparation of materials for grant applications and active participation in other laboratory activities (laboratory meetings, journal clubs, seminars, etc.).
  • Mentoring of graduate and/or undergraduate students may be required.
  • Engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities.
  • Play an active role in seeking career and research advice, both from the faculty supervisor and from other faculty members as well.
  • Keep informed of developments in field to maintain and enhance professional expertise.

Required Education

PhD and/or MD degree in cell or molecular biology, biochemistry, or similar discipline.

Additional Qualifications Considered

  • Experience in one of the following areas: liver biology, mitochondrial biology, animal models of obesity or liver or mitochondrial disease.
  • Experience with extracellular flux analysis of bioenergetic function (Seahorse Biosciences).

Physical Requirements

Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.


Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a 
Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.

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