Identifying the neural substrates and circuits of polysubstance abuse
A postdoctoral position is available in the Dobbs lab at the University of Texas at Austin studying the neural circuits of polysubstance abuse. We seek an exceptional individual with initiative, motivation, and strong laboratory skills to join our energetic team as we establish our research program.
Projects in the lab are currently focused on elucidating the role of opioid peptides and receptors in basal ganglia circuit function and in the co-abuse of opiates and cocaine. Primary techniques used in the lab include brain slice electrophysiology, behavioral mouse models of drug taking and seeking, the development of novel transgenic mouse lines, RNAscope/immuohistochemistry, optogenetics and chemogenetics.
Successful candidates will work collaboratively and independently in planning, developing, implementing and troubleshooting scientific experiments, as well as disseminating novel discoveries through presentation of data at lab meetings and scientific conferences and preparation of manuscripts for publication. The Dobbs lab is affiliated with the Department of Neuroscience, the Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research, and the Department of Neurology in the UT Dell Medical School.
More information can be found at the following websites:
Demonstrated experience in at least one of the following areas is required: animal models and behavioral assays of neurological or psychiatric disease, especially substance use disorders; in vivo/in vitro electrophysiology; stereotaxic procedures in rodent brain. Experience with rodent intra-jugular catheter surgeries, viral vectors, and transgenics is preferred, but not required.
A PhD in a neuroscience-related field is required. Initial appointment is for 2 years with a possibility of extension. Salary is based on NIH scale.
To apply, please send current CV with publication record, brief statement of research interests with career goals, and the names of 3 references to Lauren Dobbs at firstname.lastname@example.org
Internal Number: 1001
About University of Texas at Austin
Ranked among the biggest and best research universities in the country, UT Austin is home to more than 51,000 students and 3,000 teaching faculty. Amid the backdrop of Austin, Texas, a city recognized for its creative and entrepreneurial spirit, the university provides a place to explore countless opportunities for tomorrow’s artists, scientists, athletes, doctors, entrepreneurs and engineers. The Department of Neuroscience faculty study molecular, cellular, behavioral, and computational neuroscience, with the goals of elucidating the mechanisms underlying brain function and providing a deeper understanding of brain disease and cognitive disorders. Research programs investigate areas including learning and memory, addiction, Alzheimer's disease, Parkinson's disease, Down syndrome, and epilepsy. Neuroscience faculty bring in more than 1/3 of UT Austin’s NIH research dollars, including 4 NIH training grants—one of the most prestigious pre- and post-doc training programs in the country. The group represents one of the largest concentration of scientists studying the fields of learning and memory and alcohol addiction in the country.