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Research Assistant Professor

West Virginia University
Morgantown, West Virginia
Competitive salary and benefits commensurate with experience/qualifications.
Closing date
Dec 31, 2021

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The Department of Neuroscience is seeking a highly motivated candidate with a strong background in neurophysiology and behavioral neuroscience for a Research Assistant Professor, non-tenure position, within the Rodent Behavior Core at the West Virginia University Health Sciences Center.

The Research Assistant Professor will be responsible for performing and managing scientific research projects in accordance with internally and externally funded awards and contracts. This includes but is not limited to research planning, experimental design and execution, project management on one or more projects, research team meetings; writing and presenting research/study status reports for review and use by the principal investigator(s); writing manuscripts for publication; and identifying and assisting with the acquisition of funding from public, private, and governmental sources. As part of a core facility, additional responsibilities include equipment maintenance, equipment scheduling, and training and supervising trainees and other researchers working on research projects using the equipment and associated techniques.

Eligible candidates must hold an earned doctoral degree in Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Physiology, Pharmacology or related disciplines at the time of appointment.  Expertise in neurophysiology and optogenetics, combined with viral-based approaches to deconstruct and manipulate neuronal circuits ex-vivo and in-vivo is a mandatory prerequisite. Previous experience with optogenetics and neuronal imaging in-vivo (fiber photometry) in freely behaving mice, together with expertise appropriate for the analysis of neuronal activity, will be highly valued.  Candidates should have minimum of 2 years of post-doctoral or professional experience.

Research activity in our group aims to decrease morbidity and mortality related to stroke and traumatic brain injury through improved understanding of the pathophysiological mechanisms after brain injury. We are committed to supporting high-quality foundational and translational research addressing the modifiable risk factors, biomarkers, mechanisms, preventative strategies, acute and chronic treatments and rehabilitation of stroke and recovery from stroke and traumatic brain injury. The successful applicant will be working on collaborative and multidisciplinary research projects to apply neurophysiological, optogenetic and chemogenetic approaches, together with state-of-the art imaging techniques to monitor neuromodulatory signals in freely behaving mice during recovery from brain injury.

Interested individuals should submit a curriculum vitae, cover letter, and names and addresses of three (3) references to: Salary will be commensurate with qualifications and experience.

West Virginia University is the comprehensive Land Grant University of the State of West Virginia with a main campus enrollment of over 29,000 students, and a Carnegie Classification of Highest Research Activity (i.e., R1 University). Morgantown and its vicinity have a population of about 137,000 residents and are ranked among the most livable small cities in the country. The community lies within a high technology corridor that also includes several federal research facilities. The city is located within reasonable driving distances from Pittsburgh, PA and Washington, DC. Additional details on the area and the university are available at and

West Virginia University is proud to be an Equal Opportunity employer and is the recipient of an NSF ADVANCE award for gender equity. The University values diversity among its faculty, staff, and students, and invites applications from all qualified applicants regardless of race, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, age, nationality, genetics, disability, or Veteran status.


West Virginia University is a research-intensive, land-grant institution with roughly 30,000 students nestled in scenic Morgantown, WV. Morgantown offers a “small town feel” with many outdoor recreation activities, while still being in close proximity to several large cities. Research in the Department of Neuroscience at WVU ( spans the full breadth of fundamental neuroscience, from stroke and neurodegeneration to addiction to sensory neuroscience, with an emphasis on translational applications. The Rockefeller Neuroscience Institute represents a bold, new thrust for the neurosciences at WVU. Focused on unlocking the mysteries of the human brain, our doctors and researchers are solving some of our biggest problems locally and taking those solutions globally to the world.
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