Post-Doctoral Scientist

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Job Description Summary:

A Post-Doctoral Scientist position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Abigail Polter in the Department of Pharmacology and Physiology at The George Washington University.

The Polter lab is focused on the effects of stressful and adverse experiences on the brain, and the role of these neuroadaptations in illnesses such as mood and substance use disorders. The lab uses slice electrophysiology, rodent behavioral assays, and cutting-edge neuroscience techniques to investigate synaptic and cellular mechanisms of stress-induced alterations in the brain’s reward and affective circuitry. For more information, please see:

Duties include:
The Post-Doctoral Scientist will lead a project focusing on stress-induced, circuit-specific regulation of synaptic plasticity in the brain’s affective circuitry.

The Post-Doctoral Scientist will be expected to plan and perform experiments to advance this project, to analyze and interpret data, mentor undergraduate and graduate students, to write grant and fellowship proposals and to prepare manuscripts for publication. Performs other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Qualified candidates will hold a PhD in a related discipline. Degree must be conferred by the start date of the position

Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications: Preferred Qualifications:

We seek an individual with a PhD in neuroscience or a related field and at least three years postdoctoral experience.

Strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team.

Prior experience with optogenetics, chemogenetics, and/or in vitro slice physiology is preferred.


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C. College/School/Department: School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS) Family Research and Labs Sub-Family Laboratory Research Stream Individual Contributor Level Level 3 Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time Hours Per Week: 40 Work Schedule: Mon-Fri 9am-6pm Position Designation: Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations. Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work. Telework: Required Background Check Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search Special Instructions to Applicants: Internal Applicants Only? No Posting Number: R000483 Job Open Date: 02/23/2018 Job Close Date: If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until: Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire. EEO Statement:

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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      Posted: 3/2/2018
      Application Due: 3/27/2018
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