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Postdoctoral Research Associate- Neuroimmunology & Neuroendocrinology

Western Kentucky University
Bowling Green, Kentucky
Starting at $48,000 per year + benefits
Closing date
Aug 19, 2021
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The Ashley lab at Western Kentucky University is hiring a postdoctoral fellow to conduct studies to investigate the effect of glucocorticoids upon microglial activation and cytokine gene activation using mouse models exposed to sleep fragmentation. This NIH-funded project has ramifications for the treatment of primary sleep abnormalities, such as obstructive sleep apnea and insomnia. The successful candidate will develop expertise in small-animal surgery, piezoelectric sleep monitoring, sleep analysis, functional proteomics, quantitative PCRs, immunohistochemistry, and other molecular techniques. In addition, the successful candidate will gain experience mentoring graduate and undergraduate students working in the laboratory. Funding is 3 years, and the position is scheduled to begin the fall of 2021.  Continuation is dependent upon funding/need.

Principle Duties:

  • Conduct neurobiological studies on microglial activation, inflammation, and sleep
  • Supervise graduate and undergraduate students
  • Collect and analyze neurobiological and physiology data
  • Write peer-reviewed scientific papers for publication
  • Present studies at scientific conferences
  • Help mentor student research projects



  • Ph.D. in Biological Sciences, Neuroscience, or Psychology
  • Evidence of self-motivation, independence, and productivity
  • The successful candidate must be comfortable with conducting research on rodents


About Western Kentucky University:

Western Kentucky University (WKU) is a student-centered, applied-research institution committed to providing its students with a transformative academic and social experience and to elevating its surrounding communities. Founded in 1906, WKU is the second largest undergraduate institution in the Commonwealth of Kentucky with approximately 17,500 students (32% first generation, 18% underrepresented minority) and nearly 2,900 faculty and staff employees.

Western Kentucky University is committed to empowering its campus community to embrace diversity by building equitable and inclusive learning, working, and living environments. At the heart of our mission, we seek to provide holistic education and employment experiences that prepare students, faculty, and staff to become effective scholars, contributors, and leaders in our diverse and evolving communities.

Located 65 miles north of Nashville, TN, and just over 100 miles south of Louisville, KY, WKU's main campus is in Bowling Green, KY - a city with approximately 70,000 residents. With an ethnically and diverse population, more than 85 languages are spoken in and around Bowling Green, and people from 35 nationalities call our community home.

Western Kentucky University seeks to attract talented faculty and staff who are inspired individually to contribute to WKU's strategic plans and ongoing success. We offer comprehensive wellness and health benefits to employees and their families, including domestic partners and other qualified dependents and take pride in providing a workplace culture that supports balancing the responsibilities of work and family life. Paid-time off for holidays, vacation and sick leave, and a tuition discount program for employees and dependents are also provided. Learn more about WKU and Bowling Green at


Application Instructions:

The following items must be submitted through this electronic talent management system:

  • Cover Letter
  • Resume

 The candidate review process will generally begin as materials are received. The expected hire date is on or about Sept, 2021.

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