A postdoctoral position is available immediately for a neurophysiologist at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine in the laboratories of Kurt F. Hauser and A. Rory McQuiston. The candidate will study fundamental mechanisms underlying synaptodendritic injury and dysfunction in the striatum and hippocampus following drug and HIV exposure.
The candidate will have the opportunity to integrate basic cellular and molecular approaches aimed at elucidating how opiate abuse exacerbates synaptodendritic injury and dysfunction in neuro-acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (neuroAIDS). The candidate will join a team that utilizes multi-disciplinary cell signaling, pharmacological, immunological, neurophysiological (including optogenetics), and behavioral strategies to explore opiate-HIV interactions in murine (in vitro and in vivo) and human (in vitro) models. State of the art imaging facilities, which include structured illumination and multiphoton microscopy are available. The candidate will be provided with significant training in those disciplines with which they are less familiar, as well as significant mentoring to facilitate their transition to an independent research career.
Interested individuals are encouraged to forward a curriculum vitae, a list of three references, and a statement of research interests and career goals to Dr. Kurt F. Hauser, Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, Institute for Drug & Alcohol Studies, VCU School of Medicine, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Kontos Medical Science Building, 1217 E. Marshall St., Richmond, VA 23298 (email: firstname.lastname@example.org).
Equal Opportunity Statement: Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, political affiliation or disability.
A Ph.D. and/or M.D. and experience in neurophysiology and/or optical physiology (genetically-encoded voltage and calcium indicators) is essential.
Additional Salary Information: Commensurate with NIH Postdoctoral Salary Guidelines