Postdoctoral Fellowship in the Behavioral Pharmacology of Substance Use Disorders

San Antonio, Texas
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Jul 12, 2021
Aug 11, 2021
Position Type
Full Time
Entry Level

The Collins Laboratory in the Department of Pharmacology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) is seeking a highly motivated and creative Postdoctoral Fellow to conduct innovative NIDA- and VA-funded research on the behavioral pharmacology of substance use disorders. Current research in our laboratory is focused on: 1) understanding behavioral and neuropharmacological factors that underlie the development of compulsive drug taking; 2) developing models of polysubstance abuse to investigate interactions between the abuse-related and toxic effects of stimulants and opioids (e.g., methamphetamine and fentanyl); and 3) developing novel polypharmacy approaches to targeting dopamine and serotonin systems for the treatment of substance use disorder. Through this fellowship, the selected candidate will gain expertise in sophisticated behavioral pharmacology techniques, including rodent self-administration and implantable telemetry, as well as the application of quantitative analyses to the study of drugs, drug-drug interactions, and behavior. In addition to working on funded projects, the selected candidate will be encouraged to develop an independent line of research. Additional structured opportunities for scientific and career development are provided by a NIDA-funded T32 training grant.

Eligibility: Candidates should be a US Citizen, non-citizen national, or permanent resident of the US with a recent doctoral degree in Pharmacology, Neuroscience, Experimental Psychology, or a related discipline, with a strong interest in conducting drug abuse research. Prior experience with rodent or non-human primate behavior is preferred, but not essential.

To apply: Send a CV, a brief statement of research/training goals, and the names and contact information of three references to Gregory T. Collins, Ph.D. ( Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.

UTHSCSA is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.

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