Postdoctoral Research Associate in Integrative Neuroscience (Circuits, Pharmacology and Behavior)
A postdoctoral position in the area of neuroscience is available in the Department of Comparative Biosciences at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign, a leading research university (globally ranked in the top 40), in the laboratory of Uwe Rudolph (https://vetmed.illinois.edu/rudolph-lab/ and https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=58U0G4oAAAAJ&hl=en). The laboratory integrates mouse molecular genetics, viral vector-mediated gene transfer, chemogenetics, optogenetics, immunohistochemical, biochemical, molecular biological and behavioral studies to analyze the physiological and pharmacological functions of neurotransmitter receptors, e.g. GABAA receptor subtypes (see E. Engin et al., Trends in Pharmacological Sciences 2018;39:710-732) for cognition, anxiety and depression. Using genetically modified mice with genomic copy number variations, we are currently interested in studying the role of the enzyme glycine decarboxylase (which has been found to be present on an extra chromosome in some patients with schizophrenia and bipolar disorder) for regulating NMDA receptor function and its effect on signal transduction and behavior. We are further interested in probing the role of specific intrahippocampal projections for anxiety and fear using optogenetics, and in studying the contribution of defined neuronal cell types and receptors to age-related cognitive dysfunction and cognitive dysfunction after surgery/anesthesia and attempting to prevent or reverse this dysfunction using pharmacological strategies.
The successful candidate is expected to design, perform and analyze experiments, potentially supervise graduate students or technicians, prepare publications and present work at national or international meetings, and - as appropriate - write applications for research fellowships or foundation grants. Qualified candidates highly motivated for a career in science will hold a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Psychology, Pharmacology or related subjects. Experience in rodent behavioral analysis, stereotactic surgery, and/or optogenetics would be an advantage.
Please submit a cover letter, your CV, and contact details for three references to Angela Martin, email@example.com.
Applications will be considered until the position is filled. The starting date is 04/01/2019 or upon agreement. Salary is commensurate with experience. The University of Illinois conduct criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.
The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit http://go.illinois.edu/EEO. To learn more about the University's commitment to diversity, please visit http://www.inclusiveillinois.illinois.edu
Internal Number: CB-Rudolph
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