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Post Doctoral Scientist - College of Medicine
Howard University in Washington, DC
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Date Posted August 27, 2019

Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Howard University Mission

Howard University is a comprehensive, research-oriented, historically Black private university providing an educational experience of exceptional quality to students of high academic potential with particular emphasis upon the provision of educational opportunities to promising Black students. Further, the University is dedicated to attracting and sustaining a cadre of faculty who are, through their teaching and research, committed to the development of distinguished and compassionate graduates and to the quest for solutions to human and social problems in the United States and throughout the world.

Position Compensation

Salary commensurate with qualifications, education & University guidelines.

Position Information


A neuroscience lab in the Department of Anatomy at Howard University is actively looking for a postdoctoral scientist to join and work on NIH-funded projects targeting neural circuit mechanisms underlying olfactory processing and neuromodulation of behaviors in health and pathophysiology in neurodegenerative disorders including Alzheimer’s disease. We achieve our scientific goals by taking advantage of cutting-edge technologies including optogenetics and chemogenetics integrated with in vitro and in vivo single cell electrophysiology, in vivo calcium imaging, or behavioral tests to analyze functional mechanisms, neuroanatomy and immunohistochemistry combined with confocal microscopy to decipher organizational principles, etc. This position will be initially appointed for one year with potential extension contingent upon the candidate’s performance and project progress.




Mainly scientific research activities in lab setting. Internal contacts are with a variety of staff, faculty and students. External contacts are with vendors for lab supplies and animal orders.


  • The candidate will be expected to perform independent research and data analysis, prepare manuscripts, give presentations, train junior researchers and interact with the principal investigator to fulfill the aims of assigned projects.

  • Conduct a wide variety of research experiments and procedures (in vivo and /or in vitro electrophysiology, calcium imaging in different animal brain subregions, immunohistochemistry, behavioral tests, viral microinjection, brain slice preparation, confocal microscopy, et al.) with others or independently.

  • Collect and analyze data; maintain and organize research data, report and present experimental findings to the PI and at scientific meetings.

  • Write abstracts & papers for publications in peer-reviewed journals.

  • Assist the PI in preparing progress reports, presentations and meetings as required by the project.

  • Teach research assistants, graduate students, and/or rotational students experimental research skills as needed.

  • Perform other related duties as assigned.


  • Knowledge and experience in electrophysiology, immunohistochemistry, calcium imaging, and/or behavioral tests, or other research techniques related to the purpose of the study.

  • Ability to develop manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.

  • Experience in performing data analysis of related experimental results.

  • Ability to assist preparing progress reports and present scientific findings.

  • Competence in both oral and written English to communicate in a clear and concise manner.

  • Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious work relations with faculty, staff, students and customers.


Doctoral degree in neurophysiology, neuropharmacology, or neuroscience. Preference will be given to candidates with work experience in in vivo and/or electrophysiology, calcium imaging, and willingness to learn new technologies.

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 to be construed as a contract for employment.

Equal Employment Opportunity

The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, marital status, religion, or disability. Veteran status and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Inquiries regarding provisions for persons with disabilities, equal employment opportunity and Title IX should be directed to the Office of Employee Relations and Equal Employment Opportunity at (202) 202-806-1280.

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