Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship in the behavioral neuroscience laboratory at MCPHS University (Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences) in the School of Arts and Sciences.
This position is funded through an active grant from NIMH to study sex-differences in inflammatory-induced fetal programming and the underlying epigenetic mechanisms that promote resiliency following exposure to environmental interventions. Using rodent models, we assess behavioral performance using a variety of translational behavioral tasks including several sociability metrics, prepulse inhibition, and other indices of emotional reactivity. Neuroendocrine and neurobiological correlates are also evaluated using standard approaches such as ELISA, western blotting, immunochemistry and qPCR. The laboratory is currently evolving to include additional methods to evaluate neural circuit adaptations that arise from exposure to enrichment (e.g. environmental complexity, targeted sensory stimulation, maternal care). The position would be particularly well-suited for a candidate considering a career at a small liberal arts/ health sciences university or in industry.
Conducting behavioral experiments and analysis, neuroanatomical techniques (immunohistochemistry, qPCR, western blot) and some biochemical approaches.
Plan independent research projects and analyze and publish the results
Prepare grant proposals
Assisting the Principal Investigator in the supervision of undergraduate and graduate students to ensure good laboratory practice, scientific rigor, and safe engagement in meritorious research projects.
Additional responsibilities may be assigned by the supervisor.
Ph.D. degree in psychology, neuroscience, development or a related discipline
Demonstrated expertise in animal handling and the use of fluorescence microscopy, cellular imaging/microscopy, and molecular biology (RT-PCR, western blotting)
A genuine interest in the training and development of students at a primarily undergraduate university
Specific questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Amanda Kentner, Associate Professor of Psychology at email@example.com, or visit www.kentnerlab.org/ for more information on our laboratory.
Please submit a cover letter with a brief description of research interests and undergraduate mentorship experience, in addition to a statement of interest in joining the laboratory, and a curriculum vitae to the MCPHS submission system. Please also provide a list of three faculty references. Principals only. No relocation available. Finalist candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check as a condition of employment. MCPHS University is an equal opportunity employer. Applicants who would enrich the University’s diversity are encouraged to apply.
Internal Number: 2018-3229
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