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Postdoctoral Scholar - Neural and Behavioral Sciences

Penn State College of Medicine
Hershey, Pennsylvania
Salary commensurate with experience
Closing date
Mar 29, 2022
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The Penn State College of Medicine, The Ploski lab, in Hershey, PA is looking to hire a postdoctoral scholar to research the molecular, cellular and system level mechanisms that influence the induction of neural plasticity including studies involving the modification of Pavlovian fear/threat memory.
 We also have ongoing studies in preclinical gene therapy models examining the potential for CRISPR based approaches for the treatment of autosomal dominant central nervous system disorders. Collectively we approach these studies in mice and rats, utilizing a wide variety of techniques which include, chemogenetics, cell specific CRISPR mediated knock-down, novel viral vector development, inducible transgenic mice and molecular profiling. In addition, we utilize a variety of behavioral neuroscience models which sometimes require stereotaxic intra-cranial surgery. The ideal candidate will be proficient in either molecular approaches or behavioral neuroscience approaches utilizing rodents. 

A Ph.D. in a related field is recommended and must be obtained by start date. 


This is a limited-term appointment funded for one year from date of hire.  


Penn State College of Medicine is located in Hershey, PA that is a relatively small town with affordable living expense with easy access to neighboring major cities (e.g., Philadelphia). 

Eligible candidates should upload a CV including the names of 3 professional references, a brief statement of research and career plan.


Employment will require successful completion of background check(s) in accordance with University polices.


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Penn State College of Medicine is committed to enhancing the quality of life through improved health, the professional preparation of those who will serve the health needs of others, and the discovery of knowledge that will benefit all. We’re dedicated to demonstrating our core values: respect, integrity, teamwork and excellence. Penn State College of Medicine is part of an academic medical center group that also includes: Penn State Health Milton S. Hershey Medical Center, the flagship hospital, a 551-bed, tertiary-care facility that serves central Pennsylvania; Penn State Children's Hospital, the only Level I pediatric trauma center between Philadelphia and Pittsburgh; and Penn State Medical Group, the academic physician practice and associated outpatient practice sites of our group.
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