An NIH-funded postdoctoral fellowship is available as early as October, 2020 in the laboratory of Dr. Heather Patisaul for work related to endocrine disruption, brain development, placental function, and social behavior. Specifically, this project will use rats to establish the degree to which developmental exposure to flame retardants commonly found in human placenta and fetal chord blood cause thyroid hormone disruption, and thereby affect the development and function of neuroendocrine pathways fundamental to socioemotional behavior. The Patisaul lab is housed in the department of Biological Sciences and the Center for Human Health and the Environment (CHHE) at NC State University. We use a variety of models and tools in our research including RNAseq, immunohistochemistry, confocal microscopy, histology, and behavioral testing. Our primary area of focus is endocrine disruption of the developing brain and placenta.
Candidates should have a Ph.D. or equivalent in Neuroscience, Toxicology, Endocrinology or related discipline, be highly motivated, and able to work both independently and as part of a team. Experience with animal models is considered particularly desirable, as is experience with placental endocrinology, brain sexual differentiation, and/or biology/biochemistry techniques related to neuroanatomy, neuroendocrinology, and neurodevelopment. Specific skills of interest include RNAscope, RNAseq and other sequencing approaches, in vitro placental models, and mass spectrometry of small molecules. A background in endocrine disruption is not required. Successful candidates will possess a strong track record of publication in top toxicology, neuroscience and/or neuroendocrinology journals, and have a strong desire to perform high impact, translational work in Environmental Health. Inclusiveness and diversity are critical to the success of the laboratory, the College of Sciences and the University. The selected candidate will be expected to join and help foster an environment that is supportive and welcoming of all groups.
Research conducted by the neuroscience-oriented faculty in the CHHE focuses largely on brain and behavior, with special emphasis on epigenetics, sex differences, and gene by environment interaction. Additional faculty strengths include bioinformatics, genetics/genomics, and metabolomics/proteomics. NC State University is part of the Research Triangle, which is home to dozens of research institutes, NIEHS, EPA, Duke University and UNC Chapel Hill. Thus, the opportunity for networking and career development is exceptional.
NC State University is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, status as an individual with a disability, or status as a protected veteran.
Please send application materials to https://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/135446.
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