Postdoctoral Fellow

Employer
University of Chicago
Location
Chicago, Illinois
Salary
NIH standard
Closing date
Jul 3, 2022
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Neural mechanisms of complex natural behaviors - Postdoc position

I am positioned to hire a highly motivated, creative, and enthusiastic postdoctoral researcher to join my neurobiology lab at the University of Chicago.

We investigate how early life experience is encoded in neural circuits that control behavior. Our studies combine molecular, genomic, epigenomic, anatomical, and behavioral measures and manipulations to test the intersections of genes, brain, and behavior. We consider males and females, and are testing for sex differences in the neural mechanisms by which juvenile experience modifies adult behavioral patterns.

The successful applicant will lead projects that test neural mechanisms that promote and limit the ability to learn from juvenile experience, using behavior as a functional readout. Experiments will utilize a suite of molecular, epigenomic, genomic, in vivo, and behavioral methods. In addition, the postdoc will be encouraged to develop their own research ideas along the lines of the research interests of the lab. The postdoc will be positioned to advance lab and analytic methods, gain mentorship in manuscript and grant writing, and be supported in career advancement.

Ideal candidates would be interested in rigorously testing the connections between epigenomic regulation of molecular processes, learning, and behavioral outcomes of neural circuit function and have significant experience in the application of molecular biology, genomics and/or epigenomics to answer questions. Added expertise in behavioral analysis, microscopy, genomics, anatomical methods, or physiology is a plus, as this is an integrative lab that synthesizes across levels. I will especially consider applicants who are independent, have a drive to succeed, are genuinely excited about the research, and can work positively as part of the lab team.  Candidates must have a PhD in biology, neuroscience, molecular biology, or related disciplines, and no more than 2 years of postdoctoral experience.

The position is slated to be available starting July 1, 2022. For more information or to discuss potential projects, please email Dr. Sarah London at london.lab.postdoc.2022@gmail.com with "Postdoc Inquiry" in the subject; official application details can be shared following the initial inquiry. To ensure that your inquiry is received, all application emails must have "Postdoc application" as the subject.

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