We are looking for two highly motivated and talented postdoctoral fellows (funded by an NIH BRAIN initiative grant) to join our group. Our current research program composes of three interconnected areas: 1)understanding the molecular mechanism of synaptic regulation by peptidergic hormones in the brain; 2)using human neurons derived from pluripotent stem cells as a model system to study the pathophysiology of neuropsychiatric and neurodevelopmental disorders; and 3)developing novel technologies to advance the elucidation of the function and structure of the brain. Our overall goal is to unravel the molecular and cellular mechanism underlying neuromodulation using both mouse and human neurons as model system.
Essential duties and responsibility
Designs, performs and analyzes electrophysiology, molecular biology, cell biology and in vivo behavioral experiments. The candidates are expected to perform animal experiments using mice; generation of lentiviral vector for in vivo or in vitro gene delivery; primary neuronal culture; human fibroblast and pluripotent stem cell culture. The applicant will review, analyze, and report relevant literatures, assist the PI in the preparation of manuscripts and grant applications relevant to the experimental work. Will supervise and teach specific techniques to undergraduate and graduate students working in the laboratory. Will perform other related duties, as assigned.
The applicant must understand and adhere to Rutgers compliance standard as they appear in Rutgers’s Corporate Compliance Policy, Code of Conduct and Conflict of Interest Policy.
Education and qualification requirement
Qualified candidates must hold a Ph.D. or M.D. degree in Neuroscience or relevant biological sciences. Prior experience with electrophysiology, neuronal culture, protein complex purification and cell imaging techniques are preferred. Effective communication skills, highly motivated, self-driven, creative, and interactive, ability to work collaboratively and independently are also required.
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