Post - Doctoral

El Paso, Texas
$4,000 monthly
Jan 25, 2018
Position Type
Institution Type
Four-Year Institution

We are seeking a postdoctoral scholar, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), to join the Behavioral Neuroscience group in the Psychology Department at the University of Texas at El Paso.  The postdoctoral fellow will form part of the UTEP Vulnerability Issues in Drug Abuse: Career and Research Trans-disciplinary Training Program (VIDA:CARTT) that focuses on research opportunities together with professional development activities. The postdoctoral fellow must have a strong long-term desire to establish an independent line of research focused on drug addiction research.

Research activities in behavioral neuroscience will focus on intrinsic mechanisms that contribute to neural sensitization, potentially utilizing in vivo intracerebral microdialysis, in vivo chronoamperometry, electrophysiology and cell/molecular biology that integrate neurophysiology with behavior.  UTEP neuroscience provides exciting opportunities for collaboration with research faculty in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering, Computer Science, as well as the Behavioral Neuroscience cohort.  Attendance at professional conferences to disseminate research results is expected.

Professional development is a specific aim of this position, so a mentoring committee will provide career advisement.  The postdoctoral fellow is expected to participate in workshops that promote success, grit and cultural capital empowerment, as well as ethics and professional development. Training opportunities include grant-writing seminars, mentored manuscript writing, preparation for job applications, interviews, job talks, negotiation.  Emphases will also be placed on developing an extended network that will foster collaborations and development beyond the postdoctoral experience and through the tenure process.

Successful candidates will be interested in and capable of conducting research in a multidisciplinary context and engage in the professional development activities. The postdoctoral fellow will begin with 1-year appointment, with reappointment for a second year contingent on satisfactory progress.

May assist in formulation of research objectives and determine the scope of methodologies of research projects and areas to be evaluated; provides feedback relating to research design, planning, instrumentation, statistical analysis, and reporting; works with researchers on the administration of experiments and interpretation of results for research and teaching.

Writes technical papers or summary of findings and prepares standards and specifications for processes, facilities, products, or tests.

Collects, compiles, and analyzes research data to include the use of use of statistical methods and relational databases to analyze data sets; may prepare and provide presentations for professional organizations, governmental entities, and the public; communicates research results through conference presentations, scientific publications, or project reports.

Ensures adherence to laboratory standards and practices to maximize safety and operational effectiveness; compiles and analyzes test information to determine process or equipment operating efficiency or to diagnose malfunctions.

May trains users on the operation and data management of research equipment. 

May participate in proposal writing and coordination for external funds for equipment acquisitions.

Knowledge of all Microsoft Office software and able to learn and use institutional software systems.

Complies with all State and University policies.

Other duties may be assigned.

Required Qualifications: Candidates must have an earned a doctorate in Psychology, Neuroscience or other affiliated discipline by their start date (immediately available). They must have a background in neuroscience and have a strong desire to participate in professional development training. They must also be able to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.

Minimum Experience Required:  No years of experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience.  Knowledge of statistical concepts and methods and their application to research analysis; of measurement, testing, and evaluation; and of research methods, principles, techniques, and philosophies.  Skilled in conducting qualitative and quantitative research and in using computers, software, and statistical tools and programs.  Ability to plan, organize, and oversee research projects, evaluate research data, ensure the development of measuring instruments with respect to reliability, relevance, and validity, interpret and publish research findings, and communicate effectively.

In keeping with its Access and Excellence mission, the University of Texas at El Paso is committed to an open, diverse, and inclusive learning and working environment that honors the talents, respects the differences, and nurtures the growth and development of all.

 The University of Texas at El Paso is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer. The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, sex, religion, age, disability, genetic information, veteran status, or sexual orientation in employment or the provision of services.

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