The Daws Laboratory in the Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) is seeking a highly motivated and creative Postdoctoral Fellow to conduct innovative NIDA- and NIMH-funded research on the role of monoamine transporters in substance use disorders, and the circuitry of emotional behavior. Current research is focused on:
Investigating organic cation transporter 3 (OCT3) as a novel target for the treatment of psychostimulant use disorders.
Understanding the role of OCT3 and the serotonin transporter (SERT) in circuits driving fear conditioned behavior.
Through this fellowship, the selected candidate will gain expertise in a variety of techniques, including in vivo electrochemistry, optogenetics, shRNA knockdown, tamoxifen-inducible OCT3 and SERT knockdown, and behavioral techniques, including conditioned place preference, and fear conditioning. The selected candidate will be encouraged to develop an independent line of research. Additional structured opportunities for scientific and career development are provided by a NIDA-funded T32 training grant.
Candidates should have a recent doctoral degree in Neuroscience, Pharmacology, or a related discipline, and a strong interest in conducting drug abuse and/or mental health research. Prior experience with rodents is preferred.
To apply: Send a CV, a brief statement of research/training goals, and the names and contact information of three references to Lynette C. Daws, Ph.D. (email@example.com). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.
The University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer, including protected veterans and persons with disabilities. All Postdoctoral appointments are designated as security sensitive positions.
Internal Number: DAWS10012019
About Daws Lab: University of Texas HSC at San Antonio
The Daws lab is located in the Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center in San Antonio (UTHSCSA). Our research interests focus primarily on biogenic amine transporters, how they are involved in psychiatric disease states, such as depression and addiction, and importantly, how they are modulated by drugs used to treat these disorders. My lab has established itself as a leader in the use of in vivo electrochemical techniques, primarily chronoamperometry, biochemical and behavioral approaches to measure the activity of these transporters in living animals. We study the high-affinity, low-capacity (“uptake 1”) transporters, which include the serotonin, dopamine and norepinephrine transporters (SERT, DAT and NET), as well as the low-affinity, high-capacity (“uptake 2”) transporters, including the organic cation transporters (OCTs) and plasma membrane monoamine transporter (PMAT).
UTHSCSA, located in San Antonio’s Medical Center, is one of the country’s leading health science universities. San Antonio is known as an historic and culturally diverse city with a population of 1.5 million. Cultural and recreational opportunitie...s abound, including the historic downtown with the Alamo and Riverwalk. San Antonio is also ranked among the top most affordable cities to live.