Research Associate-Fixed Term
NIH-funded research associate position available immediately in the laboratory of Dr. Alexander Johnson to study the molecular mechanisms underlying learned feeding behaviors. These studies in rodents will utilize a variety of approaches including stereotaxic surgery, optogenetics, chemogenentics, electrophysiology, in-situ hybridization and immunohistochemistry, together with sophisticated Pavlovian and instrumental behavioral testing.
Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Psychology, Neuroscience or Physiology or related discipline, should be highly motivated, and should be able to work both independently and as part of a team. Experience with molecular biology techniques, optogenetics, chemogenetics, and/or gene silencing is especially desirable, as is a background in learning and memory and/or ingestive behavior. The successful candidate will possess an excellent track record of publication in top psychology, neuroscience and/or endocrinology journals and will have the opportunity to initiate new projects.
Knowledge and skills to that normally acquired following completion of a four or five year PhD program in psychology, neuroscience or a related field. Successful candidates will possess a strong track record of publication in top neuroscience and/or endocrinology journals.
Experience with molecular biology/biochemistry techniques, optogenetics, chemogenetics, and/or gene silencing, learning and memory, and/or ingestive behavior. Ability to work independently to meet deadlines; excellent organizational skills, including the ability to multi-task; strong verbal communication skills; ability to program; strong writing skills.
Required Application Materials
Statement of research interests, CV, and names of three references.
Summary of Health Risks
Health risks include working with animals or unfixed animal tissue, as well as exposure to paraformaldehyde, xylene (under a fume hood).