Postdoctoral research positions are available in the laboratory of Dr. Richard Simerly in the Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics at Vanderbilt University to study the developmental neurobiology of energy balance regulation. Candidates will perform original research directed toward understanding how early exposure to endocrine and nutritional signals impact the architecture and function of neuroendocrine pathways. Genetically targeted fluorescent labels, and both in vitro and in vivo conditional regulation of gene expression, will be used to define developmental mechanisms underlying metabolic regulation. In vivo imaging will be used to characterize how developmental events impact central processing of neuroendocrine information. In addition to utilizing a variety of mouse models, candidates will gain experience in: (1) acquisition and analysis of confocal images, (2) in vivo and in vitro calcium imaging, (3) tissue clearing methods, and the (4) application of light sheet microscopy to visualizing brain structure and function in large tissue volumes. Interested candidates should send an updated CV, complete contact information for three references, and a cover letter describing their past research experience, career goals, and potential future research interests.
Ph.D. or MD/PhD in neuroscience or related discipline (e.g. Psychology, Biology, Biochemistry etc) and published evidence of productivity is required. A background in systems neuroscience, developmental neurobiology or neuroendocrinology, with experience in cellular neuroscience techniques is preferred.
The Department of Molecular Physiology and Biophysics (MPB) is a basic science department in the Vanderbilt University School of Medicine. The department has been consistently ranked in the top three physiology departments in the nation based on funding from the National Institutes of Health, as well NRC ranking of related graduate programs. Faculty in the department use diverse cutting edge techniques to address important research questions that span the spectrum of biomedical sciences .