Post-Doctoral/Senior position - Emotional Control/Memory Mechanisms by Nicotinic Receptor Modulation

Bethlehem, Pennsylvania
NIH scale
Oct 14, 2019
Nov 13, 2019
Position Type
Full Time

One to two postdoctoral/Ph.D-level research positions are available at Lehigh University in the Miwa neuroscience laboratory. We investigate complex behaviors (e.g. fear extinction, social interaction, chronic social defeat stress paradigm), and the modulatory influence of nicotinic receptors accessory proteins, lynx modulators. Candidates will perform behavioral pharmacological experiments on genetically modified mice, as well as survival surgeries for the viral introduction of recombinant DNA (e.g. shRNA, GCaMP6, cDNA replacement) to define the circuitry and mechanisms of these complex behaviors. Candidates with experience or interest in neural, genetic and behavioral mechanisms would be a good fit for the position. Those with experience in survival surgeries/viral work, in vivo calcium measurements are particularly are encouraged to apply. Molecular (e.g. qPCR, RNA work) and genetic experience is a plus. The laboratory also conducts complementary protein biochemistry and binding studies by AFM, ex vivo brain slice calcium imaging and synaptic physiological experiments.

Positions are funded by multiple federal grants (e.g. NIH, NSF). Salaries will be based on the NIH scale. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, description of research goals, and names and contact information for three references. Applications will be considered as they are received. 

Lehigh offers excellent benefits including domestic partner benefits. Lehigh University is a 2010 recipient of an NSF ADVANCE Institutional Transformation Grant. The Department of Biological Sciences has hired six new assistant professors with future hires planned. Keeping pace with this growth, we seek to expand the number of postdoctoral scholars in the department. Lehigh University is a highly ranked academic and research environment located in the Lehigh Valley region of Pennsylvania, an hour north of Philadelphia and an hour-and-a-half west of New York City. The Lehigh Valley encompasses three metropolitan areas (Allentown, Bethlehem, and Easton) each offering a variety of cultural and outdoor activities.

Read more at Lehigh University is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, genetic information, marital status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.


Ph.D. in neurosciences, or related field.

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