The Hussman Institute for Autism is recruiting highly talented and collaborative scientists whose main research focus is to determine the neurobiological underpinnings of neurodevelopmental and neurodegenerative conditions at the cellular and molecular levels. Researchers must be able to critically evaluate existing research evidence and share a passion to work toward improving the lives of individuals with autism. The Institute offers new state-of-the-art research and office space with newly equipped core facilities and interactive areas.
Principal Investigator positions at the senior and early/mid-career levels (Staff Scientists and Senior Staff Scientists) are open for applications on a rolling basis. Research activities are expected to contribute to the Institute’s translational mission of advancing discovery, treatment, and improved quality of life for individuals and families affected by autism. The Institute encourages collaborations both within the Institute and externally with investigators at other institutions. Principal investigators may also apply for funding from internal resources to supplement extramural grants. Competitive salary, benefits and start-up funds are offered commensurate with experience and relevance to the research focus of the Institute.
Major areas of autism research are: excitatory/inhibitory circuitry, cell adhesion, molecular characterization of autism-related genetic mutations, cytoskeletal regulation, neurite outgrowth and growth cone dynamics, membrane-associated signal transduction pathways, cell/tissue culture and iPSCs, high-throughput screening of small molecule effectors, neuroimmunological factors, neuroanatomical circuitry and synapse formation, speech/motor circuitry, and other factors that underlie difficulties in sensorimotor processing, social interaction, and demonstration of cognitive abilities.