Postdoctoral Researcher/Research Associate

Indiana University School of Medicine, Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology
Indianapolis, Indiana
Meets NIH standards for Postdoctoral Fellow
Closing date
Dec 26, 2021

Job Details

Dr. Yao-Ying Ma’s Laboratory in the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Indiana University School of Medicine in Indianapolis is accepting applications for Postdoctoral Researcher / Research Associate / Research Scientist. Candidates with a Ph.D. degree in Neuroscience / Neurobiology / Behavioral Neuroscience / Neuropharmacology or other related fields, are encouraged to apply. Experience in rodent brain surgeries, behavioral tests, confocal imaging, in vitro patch clamp or in vivo single unit electrophysiological recordings, is preferred although not required. Comprehensive hands-on training in any of the techniques mentioned above will be provided as needed. 

Research in Dr. Ma’s group is supported byNIH/NIAAA, NIH/NINDS, NIH/NIA, Brain & Behavior Research Foundation, Indiana Spinal Cord & Brain Injury Research Fund, etc. There are 3 major directions actively pursued, e.g., (1) neurosubstrates mediating long-term persistence of cocaine craving and opiate dependence; (2) synaptic adaptations induced by prenatal alcohol exposure; (3) neural adaptations involved in psychiatric symptoms of Alzheimer’s Disease. The Ma lab utilizes state-of-the-art molecular, biochemical, anatomical, electrophysiological, optogenetic, chemogenetics and behavioral approaches to elucidate neuroadaptations in neurological and neuropsychiatric disorders.

Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for three references to this link ( Please feel free to email Dr. Ma ( for any questions.

As the nation’s largest medical school, IUSM is committed to being an institution that not only reflects the diversity of the learners we teach and the patient populations we serve, but also pursues the values of diversity, equity and inclusion that inform academic excellence. We desire candidates who enhance our representational diversity, as well as those whose work contributes to equitable and inclusive learning and working environments for our students, staff, and faculty. IUSM strives to take an anti-racist stance, regularly evaluating and updating its policies, procedures, and practices to confer equitable opportunities for contribution and advancement for all members of our community. We invite individuals who will join us in our mission to advance racial equity to transform health and wellbeing for all throughout the state of Indiana.


The Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at Indiana University School of Medicine is in an exciting phase of growth and expansion that is building upon the efforts and reputations of our nationally and internationally recognized faculty. Our research mission incorporates molecular, cellular, and systems pharmacology and toxicology approaches, and cuts across the boundaries of traditional departments and disciplines. Our funded research in sensory function and pain, pathogen infection, neurodegeneration, ion channels, cancer biology, and drug abuse comprise just a few of our interests. We employ cutting edge technologies and focus on solving fundamentally important problems pertinent to diseases and disease processes that can be translated feasibly to clinical issues. We work towards a synergistic interaction between the clinical and basic sciences that prompts unexpected discoveries of causes and novel treatments for disease.
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