Postdoctoral Fellow in Physiology
Indiana University Bloomington
United States

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Title Postdoctoral Fellow in Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology
Specific Title  
Appointment Type Postdoctoral Fellow
Department IUSM - Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology
Campus IU School of Medicine Indianapolis
Position Summary
Seeking a highly-motivated Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Carol Witczak in the Department of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology at the Indiana University School of Medicine. The goal of the Witczak Lab is to identify the molecular and cellular mechanisms that control skeletal muscle glucose and protein metabolism. The selected candidate will participate in a team working with mouse models of type 2 diabetes or exercise, surgical techniques to alter gene expression or muscle size, radioactive and non-radioactive metabolic tracer studies, as well as a variety of biochemical and molecular biology assays (e.g. immunoblots, PCR, enzyme activity, etc.). The ideal person will be curious, and able to work independently, but also in close consultation with the Principal Investigator as well as other laboratory personnel.

Duties and responsibilities:

Develop and conduct scientific research experiments with mouse models, initially with supervision and then progressively towards independent work. These experiments will include but are not limited to:

- Conventional PCR genotyping and mouse colony management
- Mammalian cell culture
- In vivo glycemic and metabolic experiments Ex vivo muscle metabolic assays
RT-PCR, immunoblots, immunoprecipitation, kinase activity assays
- Accurately document research findings for use in scientific publications and grant submission
- Participate in the writing of scientific publications and grant submissions
- Participate in research group meetings within the Indiana University School of Medicine

As the nation’s largest medical school, IUSM is committed to being an institution that not only reflects the diversity of the learners we teach and the patient populations we serve, but also pursues the values of diversity, equity, and inclusion that inform academic excellence. We desire candidates who enhance our representational diversity, as well as those whose work contributes to equitable and inclusive learning and working environments for our students, staff, and faculty. IUSM strives to take an anti-racist stance, regularly evaluating and updating its policies, procedures, and practices to confer equitable opportunities for contribution and advancement for all members of our community. We invite individuals who will join us in our mission to advance racial equity to transform health and well-being for all throughout the state of Indiana.

Indianapolis is the capital and most populous city in the State of Indiana. It is growing economically thanks to a strong corporate base anchored by the life sciences. Indiana is home to one of the largest concentrations of health sciences companies in the nation. Indianapolis has a sophisticated blend of charm and culture with a wonderful balance of business and leisure. The growing residential base is supported by rich amenities and quality of life – the city possesses a variety of professional sports, arts venues, and outdoor recreation areas. Residents of this dynamic city, and surrounding suburbs, enjoy leading educational systems and top-ranked universities, paired with a diverse population. Indianapolis International Airport is a top-ranked international airport, being named “Best Airport in North America” by Airports Council International for many years.

Information about the Department of Anatomy, Cell Biology & Physiology is available at:
Information about the Indiana University School of Medicine is available at:
Basic Qualifications
Doctorate degree is required.
 Minimum Education: PhD degree in physiology, biochemistry, pharmacology, exercise science or a related field from an accredited institution.
Minimum Experience: 4 years of general biomedical laboratory experience (e.g. chemical buffer preparation, pipetting, etc) in a basic science research laboratory plus prior rodent handling experience.
Required knowledge, skills, and abilities: Excellent organization skills, have the ability to work well with others as well as independently, be reliable, and be able to work safely with good laboratory practices.
Department Contact for Questions
Dr. Carol Witczak (
Additional Qualifications
Experience with mouse surgeries, and basic molecular biology assays are highly preferred.
Applicant must be hard working, highly motivated, well organized, and able to work independently and in a small group setting.
Demonstrated ability to prioritize tasks, manage time, and keep detailed records.
Special Instructions  
Priority Application Review Deadline  
Expected Start Date  
OAA # IUSM-01860-2023

Supplemental Questions

Required fields are indicated with an asterisk (*).

  1. *How did you hear about this position?
    • Personal Contact: At Professional Meeting or Conference
    • Personal Contact: Direct Contact by Search Committee
    • Personal Contact: Referred by colleague or advisor
    • Personal Contact: School of Medicine recruiter
    • Personal Contact: IUHP Physician Recruiter
    • Announcement: Other Journal or Magazine
    • Announcement: Other Website
  2. *Are you a dual career partner (your partner or spouse is already being recruited)?
    • Yes
    • No

Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. List Of References
Optional Documents
  1. Other

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