Postdoctoral position in the Neurobiology of Fear Laboratory

Employer
McLean Hospital
Location
Belmont, Massachusetts
Posted
May 06, 2020
Closes
Jun 05, 2020
Position Type
Full Time

Postdoctoral position in the Neurobiology of Fear Laboratory

McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Belmont, MA

 

McLean Hospital is seeking a postdoctoral fellow with a primary focus on the molecular and circuit mechanisms of stress, fear, and anxiety-related behaviors, particularly within the amygdala. The fellow will be mentored by Dr. Kerry Ressler in the Neurobiology of Fear Laboratory and have access to the McLean Hospital and Harvard Medical School academic environment and resources.  The successful candidate will be proposed for academic appointment as a Research Fellow in the Department of Psychiatry at Harvard Medical School.

 

Job description:

We are looking for a graduated PhD scientist with 1-2 years postdoctoral experience and expertise in mouse neural circuit function, including optogenetics, chemogenetics, fiber photometry and miniature microscope analyses of single cell calcium channel activity.  We also seek experience in mouse behavior, including learning and memory, with specific emphasis in understanding the neural mechanisms of stress, fear, anxiety, and addiction related behaviors in mouse models.  The Fellow will be responsible for independently-led experiments within a broader collaborative group focused on stress neuropeptides and neural pathways mediating fear- and stress responses.  This work aims to dissect the molecular events within specific neuron populations that underlie the fear and stress response. The Fellow will utilize mouse behaviors, molecular and cellular biology, intracranial surgery and manipulations, optogenetics, chemogenetics, fiber photometry, cell-type specific sequencing, immunohistochemistry and in situ hybridization.  

 

Preferred is a candidate with the following attributes:

  • a strong background in mouse neural circuit function, including optogenetics, chemogenetics, fiber photometry and miniature microscope analyses of single cell calcium channel activity
  • a strong background in mouse behavior, including addiction, appetitive behavior, stress-related behavior and neurobiology.
  • previous experience with mouse behavior (learning and memory related paradigmsr), some exposure to molecular and cellular biology, intracranial surgery and manipulations, viral vector techniques and chemogenetics, and immunohistochemistry.
  • self-starter with excellent problem-solving, communication, organizational and creative skills;

 

How to apply:

To apply for this position, email a cover letter and CV to: Kerry J. Ressler, MD, PhD; kressler@mclean.harvard.edu

Please include the names & contact details for three references in your application.

 

McLean Hospital, an affiliate of Harvard Medical School, is an Equal Opportunity Employer. It is the policy of McLean Hospital to affirmatively provide equal opportunity to all qualified applicants for employment and existing employees without regard to their race, religion, color, national origin, sex, age, ancestry, protected veteran status, disability, sexual orientation, gender orientation or any other basis that would be in violation of any applicable law or regulation. McLean Hospital does conduct pre-employment drug screening, and any offer of employment is contingent upon satisfactory results of the screening.

                                   

 A member of the Partners HealthCare System.

 



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