Postdoctoral fellow, University of Iowa

  • Postdoc
  • Advancing molecular foundations and treatments for Dravet Syndrome, SCN2a and related channelopathies
  • Applications have closed
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Iowa City, IA, USA


The Ahern lab at the University of Iowa has an open post-doctoral position for the study of molecular mechanisms of childhood epilepsies, rare genetic disease, and Autism Spectrum Disorders. Projects involve the use of patient iPSC and animal models to develop RNA therapeutics. The position allows for direct interactions with partners in biotech and the application of novel technologies.
We are a small lab with a focus on cutting edge methods and high-quality science. We are seeking a creative and diverse scientist who is looking to grow in a highly collaborative and exciting scientific environment. The available research position is competitively funded with support from the NIH and the SCN2A Foundation with a path towards research independence.
Iowa City is a vibrant and affordable mid-sized city with vibrant arts, cultural events, and recreation that perennially ranks in the top 10 as a "Best Place to Live”. It is the first UNESCO City of Literature in the U.S. and hosts a wide variety of cultural, artistic, and sporting events year-round.
Interested candidates should submit their Curriculum Vitae or NIH Biosketch. The Ahern lab is located in the Iowa Neuroscience Institute ( and Carver Biomedical Research Building in Carver College of Medicine (


Help to direct a team using iPSC and new mouse models of neurological genetic disease, design electrophysiological experiments, experience with patch-clamp electrophysiology, ion channels, molecular biology, and viral delivery are preferred. The ideal candidate will be able to lead multiple projects and develop successful strategies for project management, and work closely with other lab members, clinical scientists and patient groups.

Qualifications/Preferred Skillsets:

Molecular biology, viral delivery, and neuronal electrophysiology (cell lines, primary culture, slice). Grant and paper writing, and presentation experience preferred. Additional hobbies are welcome.

Something about the PI: patch clamping sparks joy
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