Post Doctoral Research Fellow

Rush University Medical Center
Chicago, Illinois
Salary is commensurate with the National Institutes of Health USA pay scale for 0-2 year post grads
May 17, 2021
Jun 16, 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Mid Level

Job Description:

At Rush University Medical Center, we are committed to advancing scientific medical knowledge through research. We are revitalizing our medical centers with an emphasis on productivity, transparency and accountability. Are you looking to be a part of the exciting, always evolving and expanding new developments in research here at Rush University Medical Center? Are you well experienced in working with a variety of group, single and industry oriented studies?

If this describes you, you may be the right candidate for the Post Doctoral Research Fellow (Neurological Sciences) opportunity.

The laboratory of Alana Kirby MD PhD is seeking a highly motivated postdoctoral fellow to join research efforts on pathophysiology and treatment of Parkinson's disease. The fellow's project will focus on neural function and circuitry, and the effect of neurostimulation therapy, i.e., deep brain stimulation (DBS) on these parameters in rodent models of Parkinson's disease. The contributions of individual neural circuits to beneficial and adverse effects of DBS in Parkinson's disease will be interrogated using electrical, optogenetic and chemogenetic manipulations to isolate neural circuits of interest. Behavioral, electrophysiologic and pathophysiologic output measures will be tailored to individual circuit function. Within the scope of this project, there is significant flexibility for the postdoctoral fellow to also pursue their own interests through the selection of target circuits and outcomes for evaluation of motor (e.g., gait, bradykinesia, vocalization, dyskinesia) and non-motor (e.g., cognition, anxiety, depression, apathy, sleep) outcomes. The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to work with several key collaborators, including T. Celeste Napier PhD, Director of the Center for Compulsive Behavior and Addiction. Dr. Kirby is an Assistant Professor in the Movement Disorders Division of the Department of Neurological Sciences at Rush University Medical Center. This Division is a dynamic, multi-disciplinary environment with physicians and scientists in a world-class center for care of patients with Parkinson's disease.


Job Requirements:

  • Within 0 to 2 years post PhD, MD or equivalent doctoral degree in biomedical sciences (e.g., neuroscience, molecular biology, biomedical engineering, physiology, anatomy, pharmacology

  • Excellent written and spoken English communication skills

  • Laboratory research experience within the neurosciences

  • Exemplifies the Rush University mission, vision and values, and acts in accordance with Rush policies and procedures.


Job Responsibilities:

  • Independently perform studies with rigorous laboratory techniques and meticulous documentation

  • Solve scientific/technical problems encountered during research

  • Ability to work in laboratory teams, and to help oversee the work of graduate students and technicians

  • Collect, analyze and communicate research data: present at internal gatherings and external scientific meetings, and prepare scientific manuscript(s) for publication


Preferred Attributes:

  • We will train the right candidate in core laboratory techniques needed for the project, but prior experience in one or more of these areas is preferred:

    • molecular biology, immunohistochemistry, immunofluorescence, and microscopy

    • laboratory rodent handling, stereotaxic neurosurgery, and behavioral assessments

    • optogenetics and electrophysiology

  • Mastery of cutting edge techniques that contribute to the research project will be viewed favorably, including: optogenetics, chemogenetics, fiber photometry, and electrophysiology.

Salary is commensurate with the National Institutes of Health USA pay scale for 0 - 2 year post graduation of the advanced degree. The position carries benefits (e.g., health insurance, educational support and retirement contributions) in accordance with Rush University policies.

Interested individuals should email Dr. Alana Kirby at with a letter of interest, current curriculum vitae, and contact information for two references.



The above is intended to describe the general content of and requirements for the performance of this job. It is not to be construed as an exhaustive statement of duties, responsibilities or requirements.

Rush is an equal opportunity employer. We evaluate qualified applicants without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, and other legally protected characteristics.