Research Associate

Job Description


Posting Details
Posting Details


Posting Number S04744P
Position Title Research Associate
Functional Title
Department Neuroscience
Salary Range $53,760
Pay Basis Monthly
Position Status Regular full-time
Location Richardson
Position End Date (if temporary)
Posting Open Date 03/14/2023
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Desired Start Date 04/01/2023
Job Summary
Dr. Michael Burton is seeking multiple highly motivated post-doctoral scientists interested in understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms of neuronal and immunological plasticity, with an emphasis in neuroimmune interaction in the context of pain and depression.
Successful candidates will report to Dr. Burton, participate in joint laboratory meetings with the Center for Advanced Pain Studies (CAPS) at UT Dallas, and are encouraged to establish a mentoring committee. Prior post-doctoral scientists in CAPS at UT-Dallas have received pathway to independence awards (i.e. K awards) and successfully transitioned to faculty positions.
Minimum Education and Experience

Ph.D in a related field.

Preferred Education and Experience
  • Ph. D. in Neuroscience, Physiology, Pharmacology, or related field
  • A minimum of two first author papers published or accepted in a peer-reviewed journal
  • A firm background in behavior, murine genetics, surgery, basic biochemistry, basic molecular biology, confocal microscopy and primary cell culture
  • Creative thinking skills and a predisposition for problem solving
  • A command of the neuroscience literature.
  • Ability to work collaboratively with excellent oral and written communication skills
  • Strong proficiency in the English language (both written and verbal)
Essential Duties and Responsibilities
Our NIH-funded research program focuses on molecular mechanisms underlying neuronal and immune plasticity in chronic pain states, with an emphasis on lifestyle factors. This position will be involved with laboratory research (molecular biology and techniques in animal behavior) and writing manuscripts under the supervision of the principal investigator.
It is expected postdoctoral researchers are leaders among laboratory personnel. Excellent judgment and problem-solving skills are required for triaging solutions, identifying and executing troubleshooting efforts, and planning equipment and resource use. Individuals will also be actively involved in administrative aspects of running the laboratory (ordering, scheduling, record-keeping, etc).
Physical Activities
Working Conditions
Additional Information
Opportunity for growth:
  • Specialized training in molecular genetics, molecular biology, and complex behaviors
  • Next-generation sequencing and data interpretation
  • Access to super-resolution imaging, multi-photon microscopy, spinning-disk confocal, and cell sorting equipment
  • Collaborative work environment with preeminent Pain Neuroscientist.
  • Training in behavioral neuroscience and in vivo pharmacology
  • Methods development

About UT Dallas
The University of Texas at Dallas is committed to graduating well-rounded members of the global community whose education has prepared them for rewarding lives and productive careers in a constantly changing world. A diversity of people, ideas and perspectives is crucial to our vision and mission. A charter member of SEA (STEMM Equity Achievement) Change, UT Dallas is a place where members of the community are welcomed, treated fairly, and encouraged to their pursuit of excellence.

What we have to Offer:

UT Dallas is an Equal Opportunity Employer. We are committed to fostering, cultivating, and preserving a culture of diversity and inclusiveness. We offer an employee-friendly work environment with a comprehensive benefit package including:
  • Competitive Salary
  • Tuition Benefits
  • Medical insurance including 100% paid employee medical coverage for full-time employees
  • Dental Insurance
  • Vision Insurance
  • Long and short-term disability
  • Retirement Plan Options
  • Paid time off
  • Paid Holidays
Special Instructions Summary
Interested candidates should submit the following: a letter describing their relevant experience, curriculum vitae, and contact information for 2-3 references to Dr. Michael Burton (Michael.Burton@utdallas.edu)
Important Message
1) All employees serve as a representative of the University and are expected to display respect, civility, professional courtesy, consideration of others and discretion in all interactions with members of the UT Dallas community and the general public.
2) The University of Texas at Dallas is committed to providing an educational, living, and working environment that is welcoming, respectful, and inclusive of all members of the university community. UT Dallas does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, age, national origin, disability, genetic information, or veteran status in its services, programs, activities, employment, and education, including in admission and enrollment. EOE, including disability/veterans. The University is committed to providing access, equal opportunity, and reasonable accommodation for individuals with disabilities. To request reasonable accommodation in the employment application and interview process, contact the ADA Coordinator . For inquiries regarding nondiscrimination policies, contact the Title IX Coordinator .

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