A postdoctoral fellow or staff-scientist position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Susanne Ahmari in the Translational Neuroscience Program at the University of Pittsburgh: http://ahmarilab.pitt.edu/. This project will utilize multiple advanced techniques for the analysis and manipulation of cortico-striatal circuits in order to discover the cellular and circuit abnormalities underlying compulsive behaviors. This position is funded by an NIMH R01 (https://projectreporter.nih.gov/project_info_description.cfm?aid=9709695&icde=45654581), with potential additional support from a Burroughs Wellcome Fund Career Award for spin-off projects for a motivated candidate The ideal candidate will have expertise in in vivo electrophysiology in awake animals. They will also have the opportunity to learn and apply other techniques including optogenetics, in vivo calcium imaging, and viral tract tracing.
The Department of Psychiatry and Center for Neuroscience at the University of Pittsburgh offers a highly collaborative, top-notch research and training environment. The successful candidate(s) will become part of a large, multidisciplinary neuroscience community, and will have ample opportunities for collaboration. Training grant positions are available for competitive post-doctoral candidates who are interested in pursuing an independent academic position. Competitive salary and benefits are available.
Interested candidates should email their curriculum vitae/ biosketch, a letter of interest outlining experience and research goals, and the names and contact information of three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Please submit applications by August 31st to ensure full consideration.
Qualified applicants are expected to hold a recent doctoral degree in neuroscience, biological sciences, bioengineering, or related disciplines, with a track record of productivity. Prior experience in electrophysiology, computational analysis methods. rodent behavioral testing, and optogenetics is highly preferred. Candidates must be able to work collaboratively within a collegial team, and have excellent oral and written communication skills.
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About University of Pittsburgh
The Ahmari Laboratory at the University of Pittsburgh uses advanced techniques for the analysis and manipulation of neural circuits in order to discover the molecular, cellular, and circuit abnormalities underlying compulsive behaviors and anxiety disorders. This serves as a platform to investigate the mechanisms underlying onset, persistence, and successful treatment of perseverative and compulsive behaviors. Dr. Ahmari is an Associate Professor in Psychiatry and the Center for Neuroscience at University of Pittsburgh, and is the Director of the Translational OCD Laboratory, a multidisciplinary translational research program to study OCD and related disorders. Her laboratory is currently funded by multiple grants and awards, including a Burroughs Wellcome Career Award, Klingenstein Fellowship in the Neurosciences, IOCDF Breakthrough Award, One Mind Rising Star Award, and NIMH R01s/ R21s.