A postdoctoral research fellow position is available in the group of Rajkumar Verma at Department of Neuroscience, University of Connecticut School of Medicine at Farmington CT.
Verma lab studies mechanisms of recovery in a rodent model of ischemic stroke injury. The current focus of his lab is to explore the role of purinergic receptors in neuro-inflammation after stroke. In addition, his lab also studies post-stroke depression in aged mice.
Responsibilities: As a member of our interdisciplinary cerebrovascular research team postdoc candidate will be focusing on the exploration of a novel mechanism of immune regulation in ischemic stroke. He will be involved in exploring the novel P2X receptor -specific inflammatory response in stroked mice. Our aim is to characterize these targets with a state-of-the-art methodology to validate their utility for pharmacological profiling of new candidate drugs. In our second project, we are trying to establish age appropriate behavioral and biochemical models to study post-stroke depression and change in synaptic plasticity in mice. As a member of our team, you will also have the prospect to develop or expand your own research ideas in a strong collaborative environment which includes a diverse group of neuroscientists and cardiologist. You will also be given the opportunity to mentor trainees, undergrad and provide input on other existing projects.
The candidate must have experience in basic molecular biology technique, rodent surgery as well as behavioral analysis. Additional expertise in immunohistochemistry and flow cytometry will get preference. The candidate must be highly motivated and able to work independently and capable of designing experimental protocols, analyzing data, write up protocols and manuscripts, and lead out in the defining the direction of given investigations. The individual must have a Ph.D. degree (or equivalent) and work experience in a laboratory setting.
Interested candidates should send their application in one electronic file (Cover letter with a brief description of candidate’s interest in the position, research experience and long-term career goals, curriculum vitae, the names of at three references and one of her/his best relevant first author publication) to firstname.lastname@example.org.
UConn Health is an Affirmative Action and Equal Employment Opportunity employer, who encourages Males, Females, Veterans, Minorities and Persons with Disabilities to apply.
Internal Number: 2020-P1
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The Department of Neuroscience mission:
One focus of our department and training and graduate program is research, which is aimed at understanding the processes that underlie neural development, mature neuronal function, plasticity, nervous system organization, learning and memory, normal aging, neurodegeneration, mental disorders, substance abuse, and behavioral abnormalities. Another focus is teaching and the mentoring needed to train the next generation of neuroscientists so they can build upon, and branch out from, the current store of knowledge in neuroscience. Our methods range from molecular biology to human psychophysics. What makes UConn Health Department of Neuroscience unique is that our faculty, with their diverse interests, recognize the need to include a broad spectrum of topics in our training program. The language of a psychophysicist may seem far removed from that of a single cell PCR cloner, but both will be needed if we are to gain enough insight into nervous system function so we can design therapeutic strategies to prevent disease progression and repair the damaged nervous system.