A postdoctoral associate position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Elissa Chesler at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine to utilize systems genetics approaches to identify heritable effectors of behavior. The Chesler lab uses quantitative genetics, bioinformatics and behavioral science to understand and identify the biological basis for the relationships among behavioral traits with an emphasis on alcohol and substance use related traits. We develop and apply cross-species genomic data integration, advanced computing methods, and novel high-precision, high-diversity mouse populations to find genes associated with a constellation of behavioral disorders and other complex traits. In addition, Dr. Chesler leads the recently formed NIDA Research Center of Excellence P50 to bring together behavioral genetics experts from around the country to form the Center for Systems Neurogenetics of Addiction. Overall, the tools, techniques, and collaborations enable us to relate mouse behavior to specific aspects of human disorders, to test the validity of behavioral classification schemes, and to find genes and genetic variants that influence behavior.
The Jackson Laboratory (JAX) offers a unique research and training environment characterized by multidisciplinary scientific collaboration, unparalleled mouse resources, outstanding core services, and is located adjacent to Acadia National Park in coastal Bar Harbor, Maine. Translational research collaborations in genomics-based, personalized medicine are fostered through our new JAX Genomic Medicine campus in Farmington, CT. In addition to lab-based training, JAX has developed a unique program for trainees to expand their professional skills in science communication, entrepreneurship, teaching, mentoring and laboratory management to best prepare postdocs for future career opportunities.