An NSF funded postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Alexa Veenema in the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience Program at Michigan State University to study the neural circuits underlying juvenile social behaviors in rats and how these circuits differ in males and females with a focus on sex-specific effects mediated by the neuropeptide vasopressin. The Veenema lab utilizes molecular, biochemical, anatomical and behavioral approaches to elucidate the roles of vasopressin and oxytocin within neural circuits modulating social behavior. Applicants must have a PhD and interest and experience in behavioral neuroscience techniques. The position is available as of January 2018 and applications will be considered until the position is filled. Salary is commensurate with experience, according to NIH guidelines. To apply, please send a cover letter and CV to firstname.lastname@example.org and arrange for three letters of recommendation to be sent to email@example.com. For more information about the Veenema lab, see: https://veenemalab.psy.msu.edu. For more information about the Department of Psychology and the Neuroscience Program, see https://psychology.msu.edu and https://neuroscience.natsci.msu.edu. Michigan State University has a long history of excellence in the study of behavioral neuroendocrinology, has a vibrant and highly collaborative neuroscience community with over 70 neuroscientists, and has an active postdoctoral association (see https://msupda.wordpress.com).
Required Education/Experience/Skills: Applicants must have a PhD in neuroscience or a closely-related field; experience with neuroscience-related techniques and methods such as laboratory animal handling and husbandry, stereotaxic surgical procedures on rodents, obtaining brain or other tissues from laboratory rodents, cutting brains, immunohistochemistry, microscopy, behavioral analysis; experience with computer software-based statistical analysis of data; experience with the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint software; experience with scientific writing
Desired Education/Experience/Skills: Excellent interpersonal and laboratory skills; strong verbal communication skills; ability to work in a team as well as independently. Expertise in tract-tracing, in vivo chemogenetics and in vivo optogenetics.
Additional Salary Information: Salary is commensurate with experience, according to NIH guidelines.
MSU is an affirmative-action, equal-opportunity employer. MSU is committed to achieving excellence through a diverse workforce and inclusive culture that encourages all people to reach their full potential. The University actively encourages applications and/or nominations of women, persons of color, veterans and persons with disabilities.