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How to Apply

Applications should be submitted by e-mail to Jeff Horowitz at: A cover letter is required for consideration of the position and should be attached as the first page of your vitae. The cover letter should address your specific interest in the position within the Substrate Metabolism Laboratory, your research accomplishments, and outline your skills and experience that directly relate to this position. The names, institutions, phone numbers and email addresses should be provided for 3 professional references. The position is available immediately - and will remain open until filled.

Job Summary

Post-doctoral position available in Metabolic-Exercise Physiology at the University of Michigan

A post-doctoral research fellow position is available for an initial 1 year period of funded support, with opportunity for renewal in the “Substrate Metabolism Laboratory” ( within the School of Kinesiology at the University of Michigan (Lab Director: Jeffrey Horowitz, Ph.D.) The general research objectives of the “Substrate Metabolism Lab” are focused on elucidating mechanisms by which exercise and/or specific diets impact obesity-related diseases in human subjects at the whole-body, tissue, and cellular-levels (with particular interest in the regulation of insulin resistance and lipid metabolism).


Research includes whole-body assessments of insulin sensitivity (e.g., hyperinsulinemic-euglycemic clamps, IVGTT, OGTT), substrate kinetics (stable isotope tracer methods), exercise testing, exercise/dietary interventions, and complementary experiments in cell culture. In addition, research in the lab involves biochemical analysis of blood samples for clinical markers of cardio-metabolic health, as well as measurements in muscle and adipose tissues to assess factors involved in important cellular processes or events such as: insulin signaling, lipolysis, fatty acid trafficking, inflammation, angiogenesis, adipogenesis, and lipid storage.

Required Qualifications*

Applicants must have a Ph.D. degree or equivalent in a biological science. The candidates must have a high level of motivation and a strong knowledge-base in basic Physiology, as well as expertise performing standard biochemical analyses (e.g., Western blotting, rtPCR, ELISAs, and immunohistochemistry – some, but not all of these technical skills are required). Fluency in written and spoken English, and the ability to work as part of research team are essential. The successful candidates must be able to work independently and as a member of a research team.

Desired Qualifications*

Candidates with research experience and expertise in cell culture experimentation will receive particularly high consideration, but this is not a requirement.

Background Screening

The University of Michigan conducts background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer and may use a third party administrator to conduct background checks. Background checks will be performed in compliance with the Fair Credit Reporting Act.

Application Deadline

Job openings are posted for a minimum of seven calendar days. This job may be removed from posting boards and filled anytime after the minimum posting period has ended.

U-M EEO/AA Statement

The University of Michigan is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer.