Postdoctoral position in the Behavioral Genetics Laboratory

Expiring today

Belmont, Massachusetts
commensurate with experience
Nov 02, 2020
Dec 02, 2020
Position Type
Full Time

Postdoctoral position in the Behavioral Genetics Laboratory

McLean Hospital/Harvard Medical School

Belmont, MA


The Carlezon Lab at McLean Hospital seeks a postdoctoral scholar with a background in molecular neurobiology. This role will include participation and leadership in highly collaborative projects designed to examine the effects of stressors such as sleep disruption and/or immune system activation on brain stress peptide systems in laboratory animals and humans.

The Carlezon Lab focuses on how experience, including exposure to stress, changes the brain and behavior.

McLean Hospital is a comprehensive psychiatric hospital committed to providing easy access to superior quality, cost-effective mental health services in the Boston area, Massachusetts and beyond. Since 1811, McLean Hospital has been a world leader in the treatment of mental illness and chemical dependency, research into the cause of mental illness and the training of generations of mental health care providers. McLean's multidisciplinary programs treat a broad range of psychiatric illnesses across the full continuum of care.

All McLean team members are expected to consistently demonstrate our values of integrity, compassion, respect, diversity, teamwork, excellence and innovation in their work activities and interactions.

There are many opportunities for education and growth in our multidisciplinary, collaborative research environment at McLean Hospital that brings together a diverse group of neurobiologists, clinicians, psychologists and statisticians. Please see

The fellow will be mentored by William Carlezon, Ph.D. 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:  

Major job duties may include:

For this position, we are prioritizing candidates with expertise in molecular neurobiology, with tangible experience with methods such as RNAScope, single cell analyses (DropSeq, 10x), or viral-mediated gene transfer. These techniques will be utilized in highly collaborative projects designed to examine the effects of stressors such as sleep disruption and/or immune system activation on brain stress peptide systems in laboratory animals and humans. These projects are part of McLean’s NIMH Silvio O. Conte Center on stress peptides (SPARED)

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McLean Hospital is a stand-alone psychiatric hospital and teaching affiliate of Harvard Medical School. It is located in the Boston-area suburb of Belmont on a large bucolic campus, a shortdrive from the Harvard University and Harvard Medical School campuses. Our mission includes conducting world-class, translationally-relevant research in a setting that prioritizes clinical care, research, and education.



A Ph.D. and/or M.D. degree is required for this position.


How to apply:

To apply for this position, email a cover letter and CV to: Interested candidates should contact Shannon O’Brien MacDonald (SMACDONALD@MCLEAN.HARVARD.EDU). Please include a detailed CV and the names of 3 references.

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.

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