Postdoctoral Position available in the Department of Psychiatry at Columbia University/New York State Psychiatric Institute.
Our goal is to understand how developmental processes in the maturing prefrontal cortex at the adolescent/adult transition can affect livelong motivation under both appetitive and aversive conditions.
Our recent work has focused on studying/manipulating the sensitivity prefrontal pyramidal neurons to serotonergic signaling (through 5-HT1A receptors) during this adolescent/adult transition. To achieve our goal, we employ a wide variety of experimental techniques, including behavioral approaches, electrophysiology, fiber photometry, optogenetics and circuit tracing.
Successful candidates will have a PhD/MD or equivalent in neuroscience, physiology, pharmacology or equivalent. Candidates with experience using optical imaging techniques, and/or electrophysiology, and/or experience with operant animal behavior are encouraged to apply.
Please send a CV, list of three references and a brief cover letter.
Internal Number: EDL1
About Columbia University Department of Psychiatry/Research Foundation for Mental Hygiene
The Columbia University Department of Psychiatry is one of the largest in the country in terms of faculty size as well as state, federal, and foundation research support. We have extraordinary clinical, educational, and research resources. The faculty includes over 400 psychiatrists, psychologists, social workers, nurses, and neurobehavioral scientists. The laboratories of the Psychiatry Department are located ins several geographically adjacent institutions. These include NewYork-Presbyterian Hospital, Columbia University Irving Medical Center, the New York State Psychiatric Institute.