Hawkins Lab - Postdoctoral Fellowship

A postdoctoral fellowship position is available effective August 1, 2011 investigating the transmission of mitochondrial metabolic stress signals to the nucleus. The Hawkins’ lab has previously demonstrated that mitochondria serve as an important signaling hub that integrates varied stimuli into a cellular response. We now wish to extend this research to identify the specific molecules involved in the translation of metabolic stresses into downstream nuclear signaling. The candidate will be a driving force in establishing various metabolic and proteomic profile changes in mitochondria during metabolic stress. This is a full-time position in the laboratory of Dr. Brian Hawkins in the Mitochondria and Metabolism Center (MMC) at the University of Washington Medical School. The MMC is housed in UW Medicine’s newly expanded biotechnology and medical research hub in the South Lake Union (SLU) area of Seattle. Housing over 600 scientists, the SLU complex is a cutting-edge facility that encourages cross-disciplinary research. Dr. Hawkins’ multidisciplinary and translational laboratory encompasses the fields of physiology, biochemistry, and cellular and molecular biology in order to uncover how mitochondria ‘decode’ cellular alterations into downstream signaling pathways. For more information, please visit the laboratory website at http://depts.washington.edu/mmcslu/faculty/hawkins.

Successful candidates will hold an advanced degree (M.D. or Ph.D.) in molecular biology or biochemistry with extensive experience in standard molecular biology techniques and biochemical analysis of proteins and metabolic pathways. Candidates should possess a strong background in mass spectrometry, magnetic resonance, metabolomics, and biochemistry. Experience with cell culture and basic mitochondrial functional analysis will be an advantage. Strong organizational skills and proficiency with common computer applications are necessary.

Please email a letter of interest with a summary of research experience and career goals, CV, and contact information of three references to:

Brian J. Hawkins, Ph.D.
Mitochondria and Metabolism Center
University of Washington
815 Mercer Street, N-134 SLU
Seattle, WA 98109
Email: bhawkins@u.washington.edu