Postdoctoral Fellow - Reward Learning and Addiction

Employer
University of Texas at Austin
Location
Austin, Texas
Salary
NIH scale, commensurate with experience and qualifications.
Closing date
Feb 7, 2022

View more

You need to sign in or create an account to save a job.

Job Details

Morikawa lab is currently recruiting two postdocs. There are two ongoing projects.

1) Experience-dependent regulation of reward learning and addiction vulnerability

In this project, we are studying the neurobiological mechanisms regulating the counteractive effects of stressful experience and daily exercise on reward- and drug-induced cue learning and the underlying synaptic plasticity in the mesolimbic dopamine system. One focus of this project is to determine how these experiences affect the cue-reward timing dependence of learning via noradrenergic regulation of synaptic plasticity in the ventral tegmental area.

2) Dopamine regulation of synaptic plasticity in the nucleus accumbens and striatum

In this project, we are studying the calcium-dependent signaling mechanism mediating dopamine regulation of glutamatergic synaptic plasticity in the nucleus accumbens and striatum. Interaction of signaling molecules (cAMP, IP3, calcium) will be examined to determine the dopamine timing dependence of plasticity. We plan to extend this project to address the role of this form of plasticity in reward learning in live animals.

Techniques currently used in the lab include rodent behavioral analyses, brain stereotaxic surgery for injection of drugs and viral vectors, brain microdialysis to measure dopamine and norepinephrine levels, optogenetic and chemogenetic stimulation of specific neurons, and brain slice electrophysiology, calcium imaging, and UV photolysis of caged compounds.

Previous experience in at least one of the following techniques is desirable:

stereotaxic procedures in rodent brain, brain slice electrophysiology/calcium imaging

The candidate should have a PhD or MD. Initial appointment will be 2 years with a possibility of extension (up to 5 years). Salary will be based on NIH scale.

To apply, please send CV, brief statement of research interest and names of 2-3 references to:

Hitoshi Morikawa, MD/PhD
Department of Neuroscience & Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research

University of Texas at Austin
E-mail: morikawa@utexas.edu
https://neuroscience.utexas.edu/component/cobalt/item/17-neuroscience/402-morikawa-hitoshi?Itemid=1258
https://waggonercenter.utexas.edu/morikawa-lab-research

The University of Texas at Austin is an Equal Opportunity Employer with a commitment to diversity at all levels.

The Department of Neuroscience at the University of Texas at Austin offers world-class research programs and is committed to excellence in education at both the undergraduate and graduate levels.  The department is comprised of 30 multi-disciplinary faculty members who, along with approximately 45 additional inter-departmental and inter-college faculty members in the Institute for Neuroscience, represent the core of neuroscience research at UT Austin. We have nationally prominent programs in the neurobiology of learning and memory, addiction, brain trauma, mental health, and epilepsy.

Company

Ranked among the biggest and best research universities in the country, UT Austin is home to more than 51,000 students and 3,000 teaching faculty. Amid the backdrop of Austin, Texas, a city recognized for its creative and entrepreneurial spirit, the university provides a place to explore countless opportunities for tomorrow’s artists, scientists, athletes, doctors, entrepreneurs and engineers. The Department of Neuroscience is comprised of 30 multi-disciplinary faculty members who, along with approximately 45 additional inter-departmental and inter-college faculty members in the Institute for Neuroscience, represent the core of neuroscience research at UT Austin. We have nationally prominent programs in the neurobiology of learning and memory, addiction, brain trauma, mental health, and epilepsy.
Find Us
Telephone
5122329299
Location
UNIV OF TEXAS AT AUSTIN
2400 SPEEDWAY, PAT 402
Austin
TX
78712
US

Apply for Postdoctoral Fellow - Reward Learning and Addiction

Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required

Your file must be a .doc, .pdf, .docx, or .rtf. No larger than 1MB
Selected file:

When you apply for a job we will send your application to the named employer, who may contact you. By applying for a job listed on NeuroJobs Career Center you agree to our terms and conditions and privacy policy. You should never be required to provide bank account details. If you are, please contact us. All emails will contain a link in the footer to enable you to unsubscribe at any time.

You need to sign in or create an account to save a job.

Get job alerts

Create a job alert and receive personalised job recommendations straight to your inbox.

Create alert