Post-doctoral position in Molecular Endocrinology

Employment type: Full-Time
Application Deadline: May 31, 2018

Post-doctoral position in Molecular Endocrinology

A Research Associate (postdoctoral) position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Aritro Sen, PhD in Reproductive & Developmental Sciences Program, Department of Animal Sciences at Michigan State University. The major focus of the lab is to understand the basic mechanism of steroid hormone signaling in ovarian physiology and liver metabolism under normal and pathophysiological conditions. Most recently, we have turned our attention towards understanding steroid-induced epigenetic modifications in the developmental origins of diseases. We are trying to understand how prenatal exposure to steroids and hormones in the form of maternal/fetal pathologies, nutritional deficits/excess, lifestyle choices/stress, as well as medical interventions, re-program the epigenome that in turn alters the developmental course of the fetus or offspring leading to long-term harmful outcomes that often culminate in adult pathologies. The lab uses a wide range of mouse models, transgenic mice, primary cell culture and cell lines as well as cell and molecular techniques, genomic and physiological tools.

Specific Position Duties

Research (100%)
  • Perform experiments using advanced biomedical research techniques and develop new methods/applications
  • Have the primary responsibility for writing scientific publications.
  • Present the results at national and international scientific meetings
  • Get trained in writing grant applications to major funding agencies


Minimum Requirements
  • PhD in relevant scientific area including Physiology, Molecular Biology and Cell Biology, Biochemistry, Reproductive Biology, Endocrinology
  • Knowledge and hands on experience in basic molecular biology techniques (please refer to desired skills below)
  • Prior experience with mouse models is a must
  • Excellent communication and organizational skills
  • Ability to work independently but also a team player
  • A strong work ethic and a commitment to becoming an independent scientist
  • Excellent skills in scientific writing

Desired or preferred previous experience with: Mouse handling/surgeries, cell culture, ChIP assay, RNAseq / ChIPseq studies, siRNA, immunohistochemistry, western blots, Real Time-PCR, ELISA.


Candidates must be eligible to apply for NIH F32 (NRSA) grant or postdoctoral grants from other federal and/or private funding agencies

This position is initially for one year, renewable annually based on performance, for up to three years with a possibility of an extension based on the availability of funding. Salary will be based on NIH scale along with benefits according to the policies of Michigan State University.

How to apply

Application materials should include:

  • Cover letter which includes brief description (not more than 500 words) describing your current research;
  • Most recent CV
  • Names, positions, and contact information of three references who may be contacted should the department request including one from your most recent research advisor.

Application materials must be submitted electronically at 

For more information about this position, please contact Dr. Aritro Sen at