The Developmental Neuropsychopharmacology Laboratory in the Department of Anatomy at Howard University College of Medicine seeks applicants for a postdoctoral fellow to conduct research and analyses aligned with brain reward and stress systems. The incumbent will investigate cellular, molecular, biochemical, and behavioral mechanisms associated with substance use disorder and neuropsychiatric conditions in human and animal models.
NATURE AND SCOPE:
The individual with training in behavioral and molecular neuroscience is needed to conduct research as required in support of the Developmental Neuropsychopharmacology Laboratory.
The appointment is for a 1-year period, renewable to 2 years as funding allows. The candidate will be expected to perform independent research and data analysis, develop new research approaches, prepare refereed manuscripts, give presentations, train junior researchers and interact with the principal investigator to fulfill the aims of assigned projects. We seek a highly qualified and motivated postdoctoral fellow with fresh ideas and a sense for teamwork. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in neuroscience or related field, a record of scientific productivity, and strong communication and writing skills. Preference will be given to applicants experienced in stereotaxic implantation surgeries, behavioral pharmacology, gene therapy (HSV/AAV vectors) and molecular/biochemical techniques. Experience with primary neuron cultures, fluorescence microscopy and proficiency with statistics programs (SPSS, SAS) is a plus.
Fields of specialization: Neurosciences, Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology
Successful applicants will have a Ph.D. in Neuroscience or a similar field. Expertise in molecular and Cell Biology. Experience with statistics and analytical tools desired.
Note: This position description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as may be required. The university has the right to revise this position description at any time. This position description is not be construed as a contract for employment.
Ability to develop manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals
Help write grant proposals for continued funding of the laboratory
Perform cell isolation and culture, and in vitro manipulations.
Disseminate Research by giving seminar presentations and attending special meetings.
Investigate subcellular trafficking with fluorescence and confocal microscopy.
Perform studies of protein chemistry and processing
Determine differential gene expression using molecular biology assays
Analyze and present all data using analysis software such as GeneArray Pro Sigmastat, Prism, Powerpoint, Photoshop, etc.
Attend and contribute to weekly laboratory meetings, ensure the performance of laboratory equipment and the presence of adequate supplies.
Willingness to learn and conduct in vivo and behavioral assays with rodents, including surgery procedures and viral implantation
Responsible for orienting and training others, and assigning and reviewing their work. May also be responsible for acting in a lead or senior capacity over other positions
Ability to prepare and deliver scientific presentations.
Advanced knowledge of the principles and techniques of the subject discipline.
Knowledge of modern research methods, data collection and analysis and skill in their application.
Skill in leading, or coordinating the work of others.
Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious work relations with faculty, staff, students, university officials and the general public.