Postdoc position - stress neurophysiology

New Orleans, Louisiana
Jan 02, 2020
Apr 01, 2020
Position Type
Full Time

Postdoctoral position available immediately in the laboratory of Dr. Jeff Tasker in the Department of Cell & Molecular Biology and Tulane Brain Institute, Tulane University, New Orleans, Louisiana, as part of a new NIH-funded project to study the traumatic stress plasticity of hypothalamic CRH neurons and neuroimmune interactions. Preliminary studies reveal stress-induced desensitization of noradrenergic signaling in CRH neurons induced by nongenomic glucocorticoid modulation of adrenoreceptor trafficking. The current project will investigate cell signaling mechanisms of rapid glucocorticoid actions, stress circuit plasticity, and physiological consequences of stress desensitization for neuro-immune integration using genetic models, genetic manipulations, and electrophysiological, molecular, imaging, and behavioral approaches. The person filling this position will perform in vitro and in vivo cell type-specific cellular and circuit-based analyses.

The Tulane Brain Institute was founded in 2016 to integrate and coordinate neuroscience research and training across the three Tulane campuses, the main campus, the Tulane Health Science Center, and the Tulane Primate Center. The Brain Institute is the fastest growing academic and research program at Tulane, and offers many opportunities for stimulating interaction with neuroscientists, graduate students, and undergraduate students across the campus. The current position is located on the Tulane main campus, situated in the scenic uptown region of New Orleans at the bend in the crescent of the Mississippi River, across the street from Audubon Park and the Audubon Zoo.

The Cell and Molecular Biology Department and the Brain Institute offer a friendly, collegial , and open environment for education and training in a research-intensive setting. The Greater New Orleans Chapter of the Society for Neuroscience and the LSU Neuroscience Center add to a rich neuroscience community and offer opportunities for interaction and collaboration. Weekly seminar series’ in the Neuroscience Program as well as departmental series’ in Cell and Molecular Biology, Pharmacology, and Physiology attract world-renowned speakers and provide opportunity for enriching scientific interaction.

New Orleans offers abundant cultural amenities that stem from its diverse and eclectic population, its rich history, and its unique geographic position as a port city in the deep American south. The art, music, and food of New Orleans rank among the best in the country. The city is affordable and manageable as a small metropolitan center, while boasting cultural offerings that rival those of any of the larger centers in the U.S. With its warm and agreeable climate, its affordability, and its many cultural amenities, it is one of the most livable cities in the country.

Inquiries and applications should be addressed to Jeff Tasker at, or apply on-line at Include a CV and cover letter that includes a statement of past, current and future research interests. 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.

The successful applicant will have a Ph.D. or equivalent; slice patch-clamp electrophysiology experience is preferred, but not required.