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Tenure-Track Faculty Positions in Neuroscience/Glial Biology at the 
Virginia Tech Carilion Fralin Biomedical Research Institute (FBRI) in Roanoke


The Glial Biology in Health, Disease, and Cancer Center (GBHDCC), which is a part of the Fralin Biomedical Research Institute has an open rank tenure track faculty position at the assistant, associate or full professor level available to applicants with a demonstrated track record of successful research in glial biology with a strong potential of developing innovative research programs that can attract sustained extramural funding. Areas of particular interest include glial-neuronal and glio-vascular interactions, role of glia in brain development, synaptogenesis, and/or the role of glia in disease. Successful applicants will join a collaborative and highly successful group of investigators both in the School of Neuroscience and the FBRI with similar research interests. Questions regarding these positions or the GBHDCC should be directed to Dr. Harald Sontheimer ( director of GBHDCC.

Applicants for all positions should have an earned doctorate and a demonstrated record of accomplishment of research productivity. The new faculty member will join a highly collaborative and successful group of investigators with existing strength in developmental neuroscience, astrocyte and glioma biology, drug addiction and neuropsychiatric illnesses. The applicant is expected to establish and maintain a high-quality, extramurally-funded research program and participate in teaching/mentoring undergraduate, graduate, and medical students. Competitive salary, space, and start-up packages will be provided.

The FBRI is located in Roanoke Virginia and is a public-private partnership between the Commonwealth of Virginia’s leading research-intensive university – Virginia Tech – and a major health care system – Carilion Clinic in Roanoke, VA. The research institute is located in the picturesque Roanoke Valley midway between Washington, DC and Charlotte, NC. The FBRI currently houses 25 independent research groups with over 300 research and support team members. 

The School of Neuroscience (SoN) is one of 10 academic units in the College of Science and principally located in Blacksburg VA. With currently 18 faculty members the rapidly expanding School is serving over 750 undergraduate students majoring in Neuroscience. This recruitment effort will expand the research and teaching mission of the SoN to the clinical campus in Roanoke through partnership with the FBRI. 

Prospective faculty members can draw from an outstanding and diverse pool of graduate students to work with them in their research program. Specifically, Virginia Tech has over 6,000 graduate students and offers graduate programs in multiple biomedically-related disciplines, particularly the Translational Biology, Medicine, and Heath ( and  the Molecular and Cellular Biology ( Ph.D. programs that each offer a Neuroscience track. Applicants will also enjoy access to unique shared research facilities on both the Roanoke and Blacksburg campuses.

Applications will be reviewed continuously until the position is filled. It is expected that initial interviews will begin in January 2019. To apply, please submit your application including curriculum vitae, detailed statement of research accomplishments and interests and teaching/mentoring philosophy at, posting # TR0180205. Also, have at least three references post their letters of support to the same site. 

Main contact: Dr. Harald Sontheimer ( 

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Postdoctoral Associate Position (Electrophysiologist) in the Robel lab at the Virginia Tech Carilion Fralin Biomedical Research Institute (FBRI) in Roanoke


The Robel Lab is currently recruiting a Postdoctoral Associate to carry out full time research at The Glial Biology in Health, Disease, and Cancer Center at the Virginia Tech Carilion Research Institute.

We are a research team investigating the role of reactive astrocytes in repeated mild traumatic brain injury and neurodegenerative disease resulting from TBI. These studies involve multi-photon imaging in-vivo, mouse genetics and breeding, small animal surgery, whole-cell patch clamp electrophysiology, voltage-sensitive dye imaging, Ca2+-imaging, tissue culture, molecular biology, biochemistry and immunohistochemistry combined with confocal imaging. Our research is motivated by our desire to understand how astrocytes drive or contribute to neurological disease, so we are continuously working on implementing state of the art technology to better address these research objectives.

The research project investigates the mechanisms causing post-traumatic epilepsy following diffuse traumatic brain injury. Specifically, we are in need of adding an Electrophysiologist to our team.

We expect you to work independently and collaboratively in a multidisciplinary environment. You should have strong oral and written communication skills and are willing to help developing manuscripts and grant proposals. You also have an interest in working with graduate and undergraduate students. Most importantly, you consider yourself a lifelong learner and are dedicated to continuously stretching your own limits and becoming a better scientist, team member and person.

If you are interested, contact Stefanie Robel, include a CV and cover letter that states why you are interested in joining our team.


Scientific background: You have a Ph.D and a strong background in Neuroscience. Research experience in the field of Glial Biology is desirable but not an absolute must.

Technical skills: High competence in whole-cell patch clamp recordings in acute brain slices and ability to build electrophysiology rigs and use equipment by Axon Instruments/ Molecular Devices is a must. You will be in charge of designing and carrying out electrophysiological experiments independently. You will also train graduate student in the technique and use of equipment.

Experience patching on astrocytes and with mouse genetics, colony maintenance and handling is desired. Small animal surgical and confocal or two-photon imaging skills are advantageous.

Social skills: We do believe that working well with our lab mates and collaborators makes our research better. If you share this sentiment you're the right person for our team.

Consideration of applications will begin immediately and will end when the positions are filled. Salary is competitive and will be commensurate with experience and qualifications. Virginia Tech Carilion is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity employer and is committed to cultural diversity and compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.

Main contact: Stefanie Robel