Postdoctoral Research Associate - Development and Neuroadaptations in Alcohol and Addictions

Binghamton University
Binghamton, New York
52704.00 - 57456.00
Sep 03, 2020
Nov 02, 2020
Position Type
Full Time
Entry Level

BINGHAMTON UNIVERSITY invites applications for a NIAAA-funded postdoctoral training program in Developmental Neuroadaptations in Alcohol and Addictions. This training program has a strong affiliation with the Developmental Exposure Alcohol Research Center (, a NIAAA-funded P50 Center situated within the Behavioral Neuroscience program in the Department of Psychology.

In recognition of the fact that alcoholism and addictions have their origins in neurobehavioral development, our program focuses on training in the implementation of approaches that enable characterization of ontogenetic antecedents leading to alcohol- and drug-use disorders, as well as in strategies to mitigate these outcomes. Our program has a strong focus on pre-clinical research, though opportunities also exist for training in clinical psychology and/or interventions research. Through supervised research training in the laboratory of one or more Mentor-Eligible faculty members (Nicole Cameron, Terrence Deak, Marvin Diaz, Brandon Gibb, J. David Jentsch, Anushree Karkhanis, Nadine Mastroleo, Lisa Savage, Florence Varodayan, David Werner, Emily Zale) and programmatic training in the responsible conduct of research, scientific writing and professional development, program fellows will receive comprehensive mentorship to aid their transition to an independent research career.  

Applications will be reviewed on a rolling basis until the positions are filled. The date of appointment is negotiable but must be before May 1, 2021. The intended duration of the appointment is for two years, assuming the appointee remains in good standing and meets program expectations.

Candidates should first make contact with one or more of the program faculty (see list above) whose work best aligns with their interests. After doing so, applicants should submit:

  1. a current curriculum vitae
  2. a brief cover letter summarizing career and research interests including the names of 2-3 training faculty members with whom they wish to work
  3. up to 3 letters of recommendation

Questions regarding this training opportunity can be sent to the Program Director, Dr. J. David Jentsch (

Applicants should have a record of research productivity as evidenced by research presentations and peer-reviewed publications, as well as exhibit an ability to think critically and creatively and possess strong writing and communication skills.

Additionally, applicants should:

1) hold a Ph.D. degree in psychology, neuroscience, development or a related discipline

2) have a strong background in, and ongoing commitment to, alcohol or addictions research

3) intend to pursue a future career in fundamental or biomedical research and

4) possess US citizenship or Permanent Residency status.

Individuals with past appointments at any faculty level are not eligible for the program.