Postdoctoral Positions


Columbia University


New York, New York

Principal Investigator

Ulrich Hengst,


Applications should include curriculum vitae and the names and contact information for three references.


Several postdoctoral positions are available in the group of Dr. Ulrich Hengst in the Taub Institute for Research on Alzheimer’s Disease and the Aging Brain at Columbia University Irving Medical Center.

The Hengst lab is interested in compartmentalized signaling events in neurons, especially how signaling pathways originating in axons contribute to the pathogenesis and spread of neurodegenerative disorders. The successful candidates will work on NIH-funded projects based on the previous discovery that in AD brains, locally translated transcription factors mediate the spread of neurodegeneration from the neuronal periphery to the soma. The research is performed in primary neurons, mouse models, and human postmortem tissue using a wide range of techniques (biochemistry, cell biology, molecular biology, microscopy) with the ultimate goal to identify and validate a potential new therapeutic target.

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Candidates should have a Ph.D. in neuroscience, cell biology, biochemistry, or a related field with a record of productivity. Prior research experience in mouse models is a plus. Successful applicants are expected to demonstrate a high level of independence, a willingness to learn new approaches and techniques, and the ability to think creatively about their research.