Open Postdoctoral Position: Brain Vascular Biology

The Department of Physiology of the Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine at National University of Singapore has immediate opening for postdoctoral positions in Neuroscience, with specialization in Brain Vascular Biology. As part of a University-wide initiative on mechanisms of neuronal and synaptic injury in ageing and neurodegenerative diseases under the direction of Profs. Carlos Ibanez and Edward Koo, we are seeking talented and enthusiastic individuals to join our laboratories for postgraduate training.

Under the direction of Drs. Carlos Ibanez and Edward Koo, this project will focus on studies of the role of BDNF signaling in physiological and injury responses of cellular elements of the brain vascular system. More information about these laboratories can be found HERE and HERE. This is an exciting opportunity for individuals who have received a doctoral degree within the past five years and with a strong background in vascular biology or cellular neurobiology to receive further training in basic and translational studies in neurodegenerative diseases.


  • Doctoral degree (PhD) in biological sciences
  • Experience on mouse models and neuroscience research
  • Experience on vascular biology studies is preferred
  • Able to work independently with precision and possess good organizational skills

Our labs are located on the Medical School campus of the National University of Singapore. There is close integration among the core laboratories of this University supported strategic initiative in neuroscience. This provides for an exciting environment to pursue neuroscience research and a great opportunity for Singaporeans, Asian expats wishing to return somewhere closer home, or anyone interested in experiencing the Asian culture, in one of the most developed and exciting countries in the region.

Interested individuals should send application including cover letter, curriculum vitae, statement of research interests, and contact information, and provide names of three references to Prof. Carlos Ibanez .

Deadline is March 20, 2015. 

Open Postdoctoral Position

TGFbeta Superfamily Signaling in Adipocytes

Work at Carlos Ibanez laboratory focuses on understanding the functions and signaling mechanisms of growth factors and their receptors in nervous system function and metabolic regulation, for the development of better therapies to neurodegenerative and metabolic disorders. Carlos Ibanez is Professor at the Department of Physiology, Yong Loo Lin School of Medicine, National University of Singapore.

A postdoctoral fellow is currently being recruited to advance research on growth factor receptor signaling and function in metabolic regulation of fat deposition, adipose tissue function, CNS regulation of metabolism, and obesity. In our latest paper, we reported that the sensitivity of fat cells to signals that increase the breakdown of fat is linked to the TGFbeta superfamily receptor ALK7. This discovery, published recently in eLife (, suggests that ALK7 is a promising new target for strategies to treat human obesity.

We are seeking talented, innovative and enthusiastic researchers with a PhD awarded within the last 5 years to  elucidate adipogenic and homeostatic functions of ALK4 and ALK7 receptors in adipose tissue to advance novel therapeutic opportunities. We will only consider candidates with documented expertise in studies of intracellular signaling pathways, with preference for TGFbeta superfamily signaling and molecular/cellular endocrinology. Candidates lacking expertise in this area will not be considered.

Our group at NUS has linked up with a network of researchers studying metabolism regulation in Singapore. This provides for an exciting environment to pursue metabolism research and a great opportunity for Singaporeans, Asian expats wishing to return somewhere closer home, or anyone interested in experiencing the Asian culture, in one of the most developed and exciting countries in the region.

Applications, including CV, list of publications and statement of future interests should be sent to Prof. Carlos Ibanez (). Applicants should arrange to have at least two confidential letters of reference sent independently by referees to this email address.

Funding is available for an initial period of 2 to 3 years, starting any time during 2015.

Deadline for application is March 1, 2015

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