The Hellman lab at University of California San Francisco is looking for a postdoctoral fellow to conduct studies to investigate the physiological and immunological effects of the endocannabinoid and endovanilloid systems, which are composed of endocannabinoids, cannabinoid receptors and the transient receptor potential vanilloid 1. Our current studies focus on the immune effects of endocannabinoid/endovanilloids, such as N-arachidonoyl dopamine (NADA) and N-oleoyl dopamine (OLDA), and plant-derived cannabinoids such as THC, cannabidiol, and several minor cannabinoids. We are studying the effects or exogenous activation of the cannabinoid system as well as the role of the endogenous systems on inflammation and outcomes of injury induced by sepsis and ischemia reperfusion, and in acute and chronic pain.
Job duties for this position
Study the neuroimmune axis mediated anti-inflammatory and protective effects of cannabinoids using both in vitro and in vivo models.
The candidate is expected to apply their expertise to explore the cellular and humoral factors involved in mitigating inflammation.
Demonstrated ability to research and perform new methods.
Demonstrated ability to perform surgical procedures and blood and tissue harvesting procedures; and intravenous, intraperitoneal, intracerebroventricular, intranasal or enteral administration of drugs and test reagents and controls in rodents.
· PhD or MD/PhD in immunology, neuroscience or molecular biology and a record of scientific publication.
· Experience working with rodents, molecular biology, cell culture, rodent behavior and/or flow cytometry is desirable
· Ability to learn and adopt new technology independently.
· Strong oral/written communication, interpersonal and organizational skills.
· Accuracy and attention to detail.
· Proficiency with Excel, PowerPoint, and Prism GraphPad.