This is semi-independent project-directed postdoctoral research position in a laboratory studying preclinical addiction models and psychiatric comorbidities.
The successful candidate will work in a small, but growing lab of an early-career principal investigator. They will receive significant mentoring from the principal investigator and help to interview, recruit, and train future trainees and employees.
The successful candidate will work efficiently to master the scientific field, contribute positively to the scientific culture of the laboratory, and present their own data and analysis in formal and informal settings. They will be highly motivated to drive the field forward by generating data for and writing high-impact publications.
90% Bench Research: Design a semi-independent research project and perform the core experimental work of the lab, with appropriate mentoring from the principal investigator. Use critical thinking to thoroughly understand the goals and procedures necessary to complete assigned experiments. Independently troubleshoot issues that come up in experiments and use knowledge in molecular biology & neuroscience to support the direction and future aims of research projects assigned. Participate in regular lab meetings to report on data and explain scientific findings.
5% General Lab Citizenship: Participate in lab organization, placing orders, and maintaining equipment.
5% Training junior scientists: Eventually providing laboratory and scientific mentoring to junior trainees and, if you choose, undergraduate researcher(s).
PhD in the biological sciences.
Predoctoral or postdoctoral research experience in one or more of the following fields: neuroscience, behavioral psychology, pharmacology, physiology
Individual must be willing and able to handle/work with rodents.
** Current graduate students in their final semester will be considered. Degree must be obtained prior to the anticipated start date of June 1, 2019. **
Good oral and written communication skills, a positive attitude, and a thoughtful approach to experimental design and troubleshooting.
Scientific and personal integrity, strong work ethic, ability to learn new techniques, flexibility to change scientific or technical course, and enthusiasm for learning.
Desire to work in the preclinical addiction field at the interface of neurochemistry, neuroplasticity, neuroanatomy and behavior:
Predoctoral or postdoctoral research experience using advanced techniques in neuroscience (such as optogenetics/chemogenetics, stereotactic rodent surgery, electrophysiology, microscopy, histology, and/or molecular profiling).
Experience with Adobe Illustrator or Photoshop, Graphpad Prism, MedState notation and/or Microsoft Office software
Strong organizational and communication skills and the ability to work independently and in a group setting.
Internal Number: 326901
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