Postdoctoral Associate

Stony Brook, NY
Aug 29, 2017
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution
Job Description

Postdoctoral Associate-1702476

Required Qualifications: (As Evidenced by an attached resume)

Doctoral Degree or foreign equivalent degree in hand by December 31 2017.
Preferred Qualifications:
PhD or MD in Neuroscience in hand by December 31, 2017.

Brief Description of Duties:
The Postdoctoral Associate will assist the Principal Investigator in the department of Neurobiology & Behavior. The incumbent will conduct research and ensure that all experiments are appropriately conducted following the policies and procedures of Stony Brook University.

Synapses are specialized structures that control the flow of information between neurons in the brain. Alterations in synaptic transmission and plasticity contribute to numerous neurological and psychiatric diseases, such as autism, epilepsy and schizophrenia. Research in our group addresses mechanisms underlying fast synaptic transmission in the brain, focusing on those synapses that use glutamate or GABA as a neurotransmitter. This work spans many levels of nervous system function. We want to understand molecular structures and energetics as well as the cell biology of ionotropic glutamate receptors. We analyze how disease-associated mutations in ionotropic glutamate receptors lead to clinical pathologies. We address how modulation of GABAergic signaling affects functional and local circuit development. To accomplish our goals, we use a variety of approaches, from high-resolution single channel recordings to optogenetics. Because we care about mechanisms, our work is always quantitative and detailed in orientation.

Title of research: Molecular Mechanisms of Fast Synaptic Transmission and Neuronal Circuit Development
Mentor name: Lonnie Wollmuth. Helen Hsieh

  • Within the predetermined research scope and methodology, conduct research experiments in the field of Neuroscience, recording from synaptically connected neurons in the brain.
  • Collect and analyze data, including periodical/literature search and utilizing specialized skills in related field to analyze the collected data.
  • Participate/assist in manuscript writing for publication in scientific journals and/or presentations. May also assist in grant writing.
  • Lab maintenance, including equipment maintenance and ordering of supplies as needed.
  • Construct appropriate DNA
  • Transfect neuronal cultures with specific DNA
  • Record/image distribution of transfected proteins in neurons.
  • Other duties as assigned, which may include attending Scientific Conferences and Meetings.
Special Notes: The Research Foundation of SUNY is a private educational corporation. Employment is subject to the Research Foundation policies and procedures, sponsor guidelines and the availability of funding. FLSA Exempt position, not eligible for the overtime provisions of the FLSA. Minimum salary threshold must be met to maintain FLSA exemption.

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About Stony Brook:

Stony Brook University, home to many highly ranked graduate research programs, is located 60 miles from New York City on Long Island's scenic North Shore. Our 1,100-acre campus is home to 24,000 undergraduate, graduate, and doctoral students and more than 13,500 faculty and staff, including those employed at Stony Brook Medicine, Suffolk County's only academic medical center and tertiary care provider. The University is a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and co-manager of nearby Brookhaven National Laboratory (BNL), a multidisciplinary research laboratory supporting world class scientific programs utilizing state-of-the-art facilities such as the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider, the National Synchrotron Light Source, and the Center for Functional Nanomaterials, and the New York Blue IBM BG/L+P supercomputer, owned by Stony Brook and managed by BNL. Stony Brook is a partner in managing the Laboratory for the Department of Energy, and is the largest institutional scientific user of BNL facilities. As such, many opportunities exist for collaborative research, and in some cases, joint appointments can be arranged.

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Official Job Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Job Field: Post Doctoral
Primary Location: US-NY-Stony Brook
Department/Hiring Area: Neurobiology & Behavior-The Research Foundation for The State University of New York at Stony Brook
Schedule: Full-time Day Shift 9-5Neurobiology & Behavior-The Research Foundation for The State University of New York at Stony Brook
Posting Start Date: Aug 28, 2017
Posting End Date: Oct 12, 2017, 11:59:00 PM
Salary: Commensurate with Experience
Salary Grade: E89


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