Postdoctoral Associate

  • University of Florida
  • United States
  • Mar 9, 2023

Job Description:

Classification Title:

Postdoctoral Associate

Job Description:

A Postdoc position is available in the lab of Russell T. Hepple ( in the Department of Physical Therapy & Myology Institute at the University of Florida. The successful candidate will join an active research group investigating the mechanisms by which mitochondria are involved in muscle alterations seen with aging and age-related diseases such as cancer and chronic obstructive pulmonary disease. This new position is funded by an NIH R56 and pending support from an NIH R01. Highly qualified applicants may also be eligible for a position on an NIH T32 training grant (BREATHE, TRAM).

Position requirements:

The successful candidate will perform in-depth mitochondrial function assessments in saponin-permeabilized muscle fiber bundles, and single isolated muscle fibers, and/or cell/molecular studies in mouse models. This position requires participation in experimental design, data collection, analysis and interpretation, preparation of oral and written scientific reports, assisting in preparation of materials for grant applications, and active participation in other laboratory activities (laboratory meetings, journal clubs, seminars, conferences, etc).

The Myology Institute (

We work in a highly interactive environment, with multiple independently funded research programs focused on skeletal muscle biology in health and disease. Specific areas of research cover the gamut from fundamental research, to the translational, to human clinical trials. Major research areas include collaborations in mechanisms of muscle impairment with aging and disease (Drs. Hepple, Ryan, Esser, LaPierre, Barton, Judge, Ferreira, Powers, Smuder, Clanton, Wang), and neuromuscular disease (Sweeney, Barton, Walter, Forbes, Vandenborne, Taivassalo, Kopinke).

The University of Florida:

Over the past 5-8 years, the state of Florida invested over 1.5 billion dollars to advance the University of Florida. As a result, UF is now the 5th ranked public university in America (US News & World Report). The Hepple laboratory is located in the Biomedical Sciences Building. The UF Health Science Center brings the McKnight Brain Institute, Shands Hospital, and the Colleges of Medicine, Public Health and Health Professions, Veterinary Medicine & Pharmacy into close proximity, fostering cross-college collaborations. The city of Gainesville is a university town with a relatively low cost of living, a high quality of life, and a location ~2 hours from 3 major cities (Orlando, Tampa and Jacksonville).

Expected Salary:

$54,840.00 annually, commensurate with experience level and in accordance with current NIH postdoctoral salary guidelines.

Minimum Requirements:

A PhD is required.

Preferred Qualifications:

A range of backgrounds will be considered, highly motivated individuals with strong backgrounds in physiology, cell & molecular biology, striated muscle biology and mitochondrial biology are encouraged to apply. Evidence of scientific productivity and effective written and oral communication skills is required. We will provide relevant training in mitochondrial function assessment, single muscle fiber isolations, immunofluorescence labeling and confocal microscopy as required.

Special Instructions to Applicants:

Interested applicants should submit the following items as part of their online applications: curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests & career goals, and the names and contact information of three references.

Application must be submitted by 11:55 p.m. (ET) of the posting end date.

This position has been reposted; previous applicants remain under consideration and need not apply.

Final candidate will be required to provide official transcript to the hiring department upon hire. A transcript will not be considered “official” if a designation of “Issued to Student” is visible. Degrees earned from an education institution outside of the United States are required to be evaluated by a professional credentialing service provider approved by National Association of Credential Evaluation Services (NACES), which can be found at

The University of Florida is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and is committed to increasing the diversity of its faculty, staff and students. We seek to recruit and retain a diverse workforce as a reflection of our commitment to serve the diverse people of Florida, to maintain the excellence of the University, and to offer our students richly varied disciplines, perspectives, and ways of knowing and learning.

Health Assessment Required: Yes