Postdoc in Addiction Neuroscience

University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus
Aurora, Colorado
Salary commensurate with experience
Closing date
Nov 19, 2021

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A postdoctoral position is available in the Peters Lab in the Department of Anesthesiology at the University of Colorado Denver, Anschutz Medical Campus to study the functional neural circuitry of addiction and emotional memory. Projects will use viral-mediated gene transfer, chemogenetics, and optogenetics to manipulate neural activity in vivo and elicit functional effects on behavior. Other projects will use in vivo calcium and neurotransmitter imaging (using fiber photometry) to measure neural activity and transmitter release in specific brain circuits.

The Department of Anesthesiology is part of an active neuroscience community at CU Anschutz.  The successful applicant will have access to resources available within the department and broader Anschutz campus, including an Optogenetics and Neural Engineering (ONE) Core facility and an Advanced Light Microscopy Core (ALMC) through the Neurotechnology Center (NTC).

A Ph.D. in Neuroscience or related field is required by the date of employment. Previous experience in addiction biology or behavioral neuroscience is preferred. Opportunity for training in optogenetics and fiber photometry is available. Some experience in viral-mediated gene transfer and/or willingness to work at Biosafety Level 2 is required. Proficiency in stereotaxic surgery is also required. Experience with Python or Matlab is a plus.

Anticipated start date - Jan 2022

Please send a current CV and Cover Letter describing background and interests to:



Aurora, Colorado


per NIH postdoctoral scale


Full Time - Experienced


Academic / Research

Required Education:



About Anschutz Medical Campus The University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus (CU Anschutz) is the largest academic health center in the Rocky Mountain region. The campus combines interdisciplinary teaching, research and clinical facilities to prepare the region’s future health care professionals, provide the best available health care at two nationally recognized hospitals and be a national leader in life sciences research. Annually, CU Anschutz medical professionals educate 4,000 degree-seeking future health professionals, provide 1.5 million patient visits, and are awarded approximately $490 million in research grants.
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