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Post-doctoral Fellow

Kansas State University
Manhattan, Kansas
($47,476-$60,000, commensurate with experience and skills
Closing date
Feb 1, 2022
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Dr. Kirkpatrick’s reward, timing, and decision (RTD) laboratory at Kansas State University (Manhattan, KS; has an open post-doctoral fellowship to work on an R01 grant from the National Institute of Mental Health. The position is available to start on or after April 1, 2022, to conduct research on understanding the cognitive and neural mechanisms of time-based interventions designed to moderate impulsive choices in rats. The RTD laboratory has developed and validated innovative interventions to promote self-control in rats and we are now poised to study the neural circuity that underlies the interventions. The applicant will join a multi-disciplinary research group working with cutting-edge behavioral analyses, ultra-high field magnetic resonance imaging, chemogenetics neuromodulation of frontal-striatal circuits, assessments of neural activity, and advanced computational modeling. The post-doctoral fellow will also work within the $10.6M Cognitive and Neurobiological Approaches to Plasticity center (, which offers state-of-the-art facilities and a vibrant research community to provide an overall outstanding research training environment. Highly motivated candidates with a good publication record are strongly encouraged to apply. Experience in conducting behavioral neuroscience research in rodents, particularly involving stereotaxic surgeries, is ideal. Candidates should have formal training in statistical analyses and have good written and oral communication skills. Preferred skills include neuromodulation and assessment techniques (e.g., chemogenetics, immunohistochemistry, calcium imaging, electrophysiology), fluorescence and/or confocal microscopy, statistical modeling, behavioral analysis techniques in rodents, project management and/or teamwork experiences, and experience with mentoring undergraduates. Opportunities are available for interdisciplinary training in a range of behavioral neuroscience and advanced computational modeling skills. The annual salary ($47,476-$60,000) is commensurate with experience and skills. Interested candidates should submit a cover letter, CV, statement of research interests and experiences, and list of three references.

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