The Laboratory of Molecular Biology at The Rockefeller University, New York, is currently inviting applications for a postdoctoral research fellow position. We are seeking highly qualified and motivated candidates to investigate the role of the midbrain habenular circuit in the regulation of motivated behavior and addiction. The current unpredicted rate of opioid-related deaths and the increasing opioid use causes tremendous human suffering and places a significant economic burden on society. We have identified a new molecular mechanism that could generate effective treatments for opioid and nicotine addiction.
Research in the Laboratory of Molecular Biology aims to identify the genes, circuits, cells, macromolecular assemblies, and individual molecules that contribute to the function of the mammalian brain and to its dysfunction in disease. We use a number of advanced circuit approaches to understand the role of neurons in the control of specific behaviors, including in vitro and in vivo electrophysiology (optrodes), and behavioral paradigms (freely moving and head-fixed)in genetically modified mice. We also use methods to molecularly profile and map the identity and connectivity of neurons in these circuits using TRAP RNA-seq, NETseq and virus tracing in rodents and humans. https://www.rockefeller.edu/our-scientists/heads-of-laboratories/1181-nathaniel-heintz/
The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in a relevant scientific discipline (e.g. neuroscience, biochemistry and/or molecular biology) and previous research experience in synaptic physiology. Candidates must also demonstrate a strong track record of research productivity, scientific rigor, excellent communication skills, and an ability to work both independently and as part of a team.
Internal Number: 31102018
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