Postdoctoral Scholar - Family and Community Medicine

Employer
UK Healthcare
Location
Lexington, Kentucky
Salary
$54,704 - $64,008/year
Posted
Apr 06, 2020
Closes
Jun 05, 2020
Position Type
Full Time

One project will involve performing whole cell patch clamp electrophysiology as well standard rodent models of drug addiction. The other project will involve examination of astrocyte morphometry and synaptic colocalization. These positions are available in the laboratory of Dr. Cassandra Gipson. The Gipson laboratory is interested in neurobiological underpinnings of nicotine relapse and addiction, as well as cocaine/opioid and nicotine/opioid co-use. More specifically, the lab focuses on examination of neuroimmune mechanisms that contribute to aberrant glutamate signaling during motivated drug seeking. As well, the lab is focused on the relationship between nicotine and ovarian hormones as well as contraceptive estrogen.

One project will involve performing whole cell patch clamp electrophysiology as well standard rodent models of drug addiction. The other project will involve examination of astrocyte morphometry and synaptic colocalization. These positions are available in the laboratory of Dr. Cassandra Gipson. The Gipson laboratory is interested in neurobiological underpinnings of nicotine relapse and addiction, as well as cocaine/opioid and nicotine/opioid co-use. More specifically, the lab focuses on examination of neuroimmune mechanisms that contribute to aberrant glutamate signaling during motivated drug seeking. As well, the lab is focused on the relationship between nicotine and ovarian hormones as well as contraceptive estrogen.

The chosen candidates will have the opportunity to utilize other neuroscience and behavioral techniques such as biosensors, chemogenetics, behavioral economics, and choice procedures. The chosen candidates will also be required to develop fellowship grant applications and will be required to attend 1-2 scientific conferences per year. Ongoing collaborations exist with researchers within the Department of Psychology, Behavioral Science, and with other departments across campus, and it is anticipated that the successful candidate will join in such collaborations.

Salary is commensurate with years of postdoctoral experience in accordance with NIH guidelines set for NRSA stipends (https://grants.nih.gov/grants/guide/notice-files/NOT-OD-20-070.html)”



Required Related Experience

Minimum of 3-4 years experience with rodent handling, conducting literature searches, data analyses, and preparation of scientific manuscripts and grant applications.

Required License/Registration/Certification

None

Physical Requirements

Sitting, standing, working on computer for long periods of time

Shift

Monday – Friday 8a-5p, some weekends required

Skills / Knowledge / Abilities

Strong neuroscience background with proven publication records.

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities? No
Preferred Education/Experience

Experience with behavioral testing in rodent models of drug addiction, transgenic animals, chemogenetics, optogenetics, or dendritic spine morphology analysis.