Postdoctoral Research Position at the University of Oregon
Metabolic Programming in Skeletal Muscle

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Position Summary
A postdoctoral research position is available at the University of Oregon in Eugene, OR in the Obesity & Metabolism Laboratory (directed by Carrie McCurdy, Ph.D.) to investigate mechanisms of metabolic programming in skeletal muscle of offspring exposed to an obesogenic fetal and early life environment. This research will focus on mitochondrial function, substrate utilization and insulin action.  Research will be conducted in muscle tissues collected from Japanese macaques in collaboration with Oregon National Primate Research center in Beaverton, OR and primary muscle cell culture. Analytical techniques will include mitochondrial and metabolic phenotyping using high resolution respirometry, enzyme kinetic assays, radioisotope assays for glucose uptake and substrate oxidation, analysis of signal transduction pathways by immunoblotting and qPCR as well as more advanced analysis of metabolomics, RNAseq and epigenetics.

Required Qualifications
The ideal candidate is exceptionally motivated, creative, and committed to scientific discovery. The individual should have a strong academic training in biochemistry, molecular and cell biology with a Ph.D. degree in a biological science. The position requires a PhD prior to employment. The successful applicant will have knowledge and/or experience with molecular and metabolic methods to complement and advance the ongoing research in the Obesity & Metabolism Laboratory. Fluency in written and spoken English and the ability to work as part of research team are essential. The successful candidates will be able to work independently and as a member of a research team.

Preferred Qualifications
Experience in mitochondrial bioenergetics. Experience in primary cell culture.

How to Apply
Applications will be routed through the UO Human Physiology Postdoctoral Scholars applicant pool. Please submit application materials by email to with ‘McCurdy Postdoc’ in the subject line. Application material should include a cover letter detailing your specific interest in the position, your research accomplishments, and your skills/experience that directly relate to this position, a CV and 3 professional references including the institution, phone number and email address for each reference. Please direct any question regarding the position to Carrie McCurdy at The link to the pooled Post-Doc ad #160502 is on the UO Jobs Page at

The University of Oregon is an equal opportunity, affirmative action institution committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the ADA. The University encourages all qualified individuals to apply, and does not discriminate on the basis of any protected status, including veteran and disability status.