Postdoctoral position available immediately in the laboratory of Dr. Jeffrey Taskerin the Tulane Brain Institute, Tulane University in New Orleans, Louisiana, as part of a new 5-year, NIAAA-funded collaboration with Dr. Nicholas Gilpin of the LSU Health Science Center, New Orleans, to study the effect of traumatic stress on the endocannabinoid modulation of inhibitory circuits in the basolateral amygdala. A previous study revealed a stress-induced endocannabinoid suppression of synaptic inhibition in the BLA that contributes to anxiety-like behavior in rats (Di et al., J Neurosci 36:8461, 2016). The current project will look at the endocannabinoid modulation of GABA neurotransmission in a rat model of traumatic stress-induced escalation of alcohol consumption. The person filling this position will be responsible mainly for conducting patch-clamp electrophysiological recordings in acute slices of amygdala from rats trained to consume alcohol and subjected to traumatic stress, but will also work closely with the Gilpin lab to participate in the behavioral and in-vivo physiological aspects of the project.
The successful applicant must have a Ph.D. or equivalent; experience in patch clamp recording in brain slices is preferred. Apply on-line at apply.interfolio.com/46707. Salary is on the NIH postdoctoral fellowship scale, commensurate with experience.
Tulane University is an equal employment opportunity/affirmative action/persons with disabilities/veterans employer committed to excellence through diversity. Tulane will not discriminate against individuals with disabilities or veterans. All eligible candidates are encouraged to apply.
PhD or equivalent doctoral degree.
Additional Salary Information: NIH scale, commensurate with experience.
Tulane is a private university located in the scenic uptown neighborhood of New Orleans, Louisiana; it has 4600 full-time employees and a total student enrollment of 13,581 (undergraduate: 8,452, graduate and professional: 5,129). Tulane is an equal opportunity employer and offers an attractive benefits package.