NIH-funded postdoctoral position to study adolescent alcohol and prefrontal myelin.
A NIH/NIAAA-funded postdoctoral position is available immediately in the Richardson lab at the University of Massachusetts Amherst. Funds are available for up to four years.
Research focus: The recruited candidate will participate in projects studying sex differences in myelination of prefrontal neural circuits and exploring novel mechanisms of alcohol-induced myelin anomalies examined at the macro-to-nano level in adolescent rats. This research integrates behavior, molecular and biochemical techniques, and cellular imaging (single or multiphoton) in rats. Creative experimental design, data analysis, and scientific writing are key components of our projects. For more about our lab, see: http://www.richardsonlab-umass.com
PhD (neuroscience or a related discipline) or MD is required;
Experience with stereotaxic surgery, molecular biology, and/or multiphoton microscopy is desired but not required;
Experience with other relevant techniques that could strengthen the application includes operant conditioning, behavioral assays, electrophysiology, and/or statistical analysis of neural and behavioral data using R.
At least 1-2 peer-reviewed first author scientific publications;
Strong verbal and written communication skills are essential;
Excellent problem-solving skills, creativity, and commitment to bringing research ideas to fruition;
An ability to work both independently and collaboratively, with a strong emphasis on collegiality and teamwork;
Most importantly, postdocs should exhibit enthusiasm, motivation, and persistence.
Additional Information: This is a benefited, full-time Postdoctoral Research Associate position. Initial appointment is for one year; reappointment beyond the first year is contingent upon availability of funding and job performance. Postdoctoral Research Associates at the University of Massachusetts are unionized and receive standard salary and benefits, depending on experience. Salary is subject to bargaining unit contract.
Application Instructions: Candidates must apply online by submitting a cover letter, CV, summary of research interests, and the contact details of three references willing to provide letters of recommendation.
Inquiries about the position and applications should be directed to Dr. Heather N. Richardson.
Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. The University of Massachusetts Amherst is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer of women, minorities, protected veterans, and individuals with disabilities and encourages applications from these and other protected group members.
About University of Massachusetts Amherst: UMass Amherst, located in Amherst, Massachusetts, sits on nearly 1,450-acres in the scenic Pioneer Valley of Western Massachusetts, 90 miles from Boston and 175 miles from New York City. The campus provides a rich cultural environment in a rural setting close to major urban centers.
Dr. Richardson is an Associate Professor of Psychological and Brain Sciences at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst, MA. She has an extensive background in developmental neuroendocrinology, sex differences, and preclinical rodent models of alcohol use disorder.