The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine, Inc. (HJF) is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow for the Department of Pharmacology & Molecular Therapeutics, located at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, Maryland. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to USUHS. The incumbent will work in the laboratory of Dr. Irwin Lucki, to examine novel kappa opioid receptor antagonists currently under development for the clinical treatment of depression and anxiety disorders. The successful candidate will utilize rodent models to evaluate the behavioral and molecular consequences of these compounds.
Please send a letter detailing your experience to date and your interest in the position, together with your C.V. to Dr. Caroline Browne, firstname.lastname@example.org. After emailing your C.V. please apply to the position (below) so that we can track your application.
- The employee will work with and under the supervision of Dr. Irwin Lucki and Dr. Caroline Browne on translational preclinical research projects related to depression, anxiety, pain, reward and motivation.
- Independently conduct behavioral and neurobiological research studies by completing literature searches; developing hypotheses; planning and conducting experiments and tests; recording, organizing and analyzing findings; developing conclusions.
- Develop written and oral communications skills, including formulating and writing manuscripts, proposals and presentation of findings at national and international meetings
- Perform a wide variety of behavioral tests and develop new translationally relevant behavioral models.
- Perform a wide variety of bench work will include stereotaxic surgery, immunohistochemistry, enzyme linked immunosorbance assays, RNA and protein isolation and quantification and related procedures.
- Supervise junior research staff to include medical residents, graduate students and summer interns, to ensure that correct and safe laboratory procedures are followed; provides direction to assure completion of technical tasks and projects.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities: The candidate would ideally have subject knowledge as reflected by publications in peer-reviewed scientific journals as appropriate to his/her research. Applicants are expected to have previous experience in animal handling and behavioral testing, a good knowledge of pharmacology. Experience in stereotaxic surgery and microinjection would be ideal.
Minimum Education/Training Requirements: Ph.D. in neuroscience, pharmacology or related discipline.
Minimum Experience: 0 – 2 years of experience post Ph.D.
Physical Capabilities: Position involves exposure to chemicals, biological materials, and rodents in a laboratory setting. Long periods of standing and/or walking may be required.
Work Environment: Behavioral psychopharmacology research and development laboratory. Uniformed Services University is the federal military medical university in the suburbs of Washington DC. We are located on the grounds of Walter Reed National Military Medical Center, across the road from the National Institutes of Health in Bethesda, MD.
HJF is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, or protected veteran status.