Postdoctoral Associate – Cell Polarity and Development of the Inner Ear

Posted 8/21/2017

How do we perceive sounds, gravity or head movements?  During development, sensory cells in the inner ear acquire a crown of motion detectors known as the stereocilia bundle. Our laboratory investigates the molecular mechanisms that corral and layer stereocilia into a functional bundle, a highly polarized architectural process that results in deafness when defective. (

We are seeking a Postdoctoral Associate interested in dissecting how G protein signaling controls and coordinates two features essential for hearing and balance ability: 1) the striking alignment of hair cells along the epithelial plane (planar polarity), and 2) the staircase-like architecture of the motion-sensor compartment of hair cells, the stereocilia bundle. Our lab is currently funded with an R01 grant from the National Institute on Deafness and Other Communication Disorders (NIH NIDCD;, and support from The Jackson Laboratory.

Required qualifications include a recently obtained PhD in Developmental or Cell Biology, Neuroscience or a related field. Expertise with inner ear Biology and mouse genetics is desired but not required.

To apply, please submit (1) a short cover letter describing past research accomplishments and research interests, (2) a current CV, and (3) the contact information of three references. Please send application to:

Last Updated 08/21/2017