Postdoctoral Fellow - Stephanie Hagstrom Lab

Cleveland Clinic

Cleveland, OH

Job posting number: #7087716 (Ref:16802186928)

Posted: October 25, 2021

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Highly motivated individuals with a PhD or MD/PhD in relevant area are encouraged to apply. This training position, under the direct supervision of a Cleveland Clinic Principal Investigator will provide practical training and experience in a research setting. This position is appointed through the Lerner Research Institute. The successful applicant will be able to demonstrate a commitment to research, a collaborative work ethic and strong communication skills, both written and verbal. This program is expected to be completed within 5 years.

Postdoctoral fellow position is available immediately in the Dept of Ophthalmology at the Cleveland Clinic to study the mechanisms underlying inherited retinal degeneration. Successful candidates will be an integral part of a multidisciplinary team that is combining molecular and cellular biology along with proteomic technologies to determine fundamental processes and activated pathways to help aid in discovering therapeutic targets aimed at slowing blinding disorders.

Principal Investigator: Stephanie Hagstrom Ph.D.

Lerner Research Institute Department: Ophthalmic Research

Lab Research Topics:

  • Retinal degeneration
  • Protein trafficking
  • Pathogenic mechanisms
  • Synaptic transmission
  • Ciliopathies
  • For more information about the lab’s research, please contact Dr. Hagstrom at

Job Responsibilities:

  • Independent project design with the goal of data generation, analysis, interpretation and manuscript preparation
  • Lead a project and conduct experiments to accomplish research goals
  • Interrogate retinal phenotypes in mouse models
  • Elucidate mechanisms of retinal degeneration


  • PhD or MD/PhD required
  • MD with relevant laboratory experience may substitute for PhD


  • English Proficiency proof required for candidates arriving on J-1, J-2, or F1 + OPT visa status

Work Experience:

  • Previous experience in a research or academic setting.  Graduate student experience meets this requirement.
  • Scientific writing experience

Additional Preferred Qualities:

  • Strong background in molecular biology and cell biology
  • Competent in scientific presentation (verbal and written)
  • Able to work independently and collaboratively

Personal Protective Equipment:

  • PPE per institutional requirements; may vary by laboratory

Preferred Application Materials:

  • CV
  • Reference list

Keywords: Postdoc, Research, LRI, Retina, Photoreceptor, Synapse, Protein trafficking, Pathogenic mechanisms, Ciliopathies, Degeneration, Homeostasis

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