Research Associate in Pharmacology (Abbott Lab)

Job description

Job location: Charlottesville, VA

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-06-08
Req: R0024993

The University of Virginia is currently seeking a Research Associate (post-doc) in the lab of Dr. Stephen Abbott at the University of Virginia School of Medicine. The Abbott lab studies the neural control of the cardiovascular and respiratory system. Through genetic and molecular approaches, we investigate how the brain processes information related to changes in tissue perfusion and oxygenation, and uses this information to regulate vital functions like breathing and heart rate. More information on the work of the lab can be found on their website:

We are targeting curious, self-driven candidates who are passionate about basic scientific research. The successful candidate will perform independent research with the goal of providing preparatory training for a career as a scientific professional.

Principal Responsibilities:

  • Perform experiments using state-of-the-art neuroscience approaches, such as optogenetics, in-vivo imaging, behavioral analysis, mouse genetics, and measurements of autonomic physiology.
  • Work efficiently and cooperatively to assist other lab members with experiments.
  • Participate in laboratory meetings and read literature applicable to the research area.
  • Help with lab organization, including accurate documentation and recording/maintenance of data files.
  • Assist with other support duties relating to lab management and operations as required.


  • The candidate must hold a doctoral degree with a background in systems neuroscience evidenced by publications in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Prior experience working in a wet lab and comfort handling and studying rodents.
  • Self-motivated and able to perform complex tasks effectively and independently with general instruction.
  • Ability to work both independently and as a team member while engaged in collaborative studies.
  • Excellent oral and written communication skills.
  • Exemplary organizational skills and attention to detail.
  • Ability to follow instruction with an eagerness to learn, grow professionally, and be mentored.
  • Actively seeks opportunities to increase skills and expertise.


  • Full-time research or scholarship at the University.
  • Preparatory for a full-time academic or research career
  • Supervised by a senior scholar, and allows the appointee to publish the results of his/her research or scholarship
  • In addition to the above job responsibilities, other duties may be assigned.

The selected applicant will be required to complete a background check and health screen prior to their first day of employment per University policy.


PROCESS FOR INTERNAL UVA APPLICANTS: Please apply through your Workday Home page, search “Find Jobs”, and search for “R0024993".

PROCESS FOR EXTERNAL APPLICANTS: Please visit UVA job board, and search for “R0024993”

Complete an application online and attach:

  • CV/Resume
  • Cover Letter detailing your interest in this position
  • Contact Information for three references

***Please note that you MUST upload ALL documents into the CV/Resume box.

Applications that do not contain all of the required documents will not receive full consideration.***

For questions about the application process please contact Rhiannon O'Coin, Senior Academic Recruiter,

The University of Virginia, including the UVA Health System which represents the UVA Medical Center, Schools of Medicine and Nursing, UVA Physician’s Group and the Claude Moore Health Sciences Library, are fundamentally committed to the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity or expression, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.




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Job No:
Posted: 6/10/2021
Application Due: 9/8/2021
Work Type: Full Time