Postdoctoral Fellow - Ozawa Lab

Florida Atlantic University
Boca Raton
Closing date
Oct 22, 2021

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Job location: Boca Raton

Employment Type: Full-time
Posted data: 2021-07-06
Req: REQ10434
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Position Summary:

The College of Medicine at Florida Atlantic University seeks scholars who are committed to supporting the learning needs of students from diverse backgrounds and to engaging communities underrepresented in higher education. Florida Atlantic University is committed to providing an inclusive and welcoming environment for all who interact in our community. In building this environment, we strive to attract students, faculty and staff from a variety of cultures, backgrounds and life experiences. Florida Atlantic University embodies a culture of strategic and collaborative community engagement that results in mutual benefit to the institution and the diverse internal and external communities that it serves.

Florida Atlantic University is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow, Boca Raton, FL.

With over 30,000 students from all 50 states and over 180 countries, 21 intercollegiate teams, 180 plus degree programs, and an administration that thrives on discovery and excellence, FAU is pushing the boundaries of higher education. Florida Atlantic's faculty and staff are trailblazers and innovators with a passion for finding creative solutions while advancing science, art, and technology in all disciplines. Our work environment is a hub of cultures from across the nation and the world, making FAU a place where collaboration flourishes.

A postdoctoral fellow position is immediately available at the Department of Biomedical Science at Florida Atlantic University. The successful candidate will lead an NIH-funded project under the direction of the Principal Investigator, Dr. Akihiko Ozawa studying neural circuits regulating pain-related behaviors. Briefly, our current research focuses on identifying neural circuits regulating pain transmission initiated by distinct pain modalities including chronic neuropathic pain in the spinal cord, and the expression of aversion associated with chronic pain in the brain using genetically modified mouse strains. The project involves a multidisciplinary approach including neuroanatomy, molecular biology, pharmacogenetics, behavioral pharmacology and in vivo calcium imaging to address the questions in the projects. Postdoctoral fellows are encouraged to have a flexibility for conducting research in personal areas of interest, applying for grants and fellowships, and developing independent research directions.

Minimum Qualifications:

Ph.D. from an accredited institution in neuroscience, molecular biology or related field required at time of application.

Strong background in one or more of the following areas: molecular biology, neuroscience, behavioral pharmacology and/or calcium imaging.

A track record of a first author publication is also preferred.

Be highly motivated and expect to work independently as well as make presentations regarding his/her research, publish research results in peer-reviewed journals, and participate in grant proposal preparation.

Demonstrate excellent communication skills.

Be able to work well in a multidisciplinary, diverse, and collaborative research environment.


$53,760 - $56,712

College or Department:

College of Medicine


Boca Raton

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Special Instructions to Applicant:

This position is open until filled and may close without prior notice.

All applicants must apply electronically to the currently posted position on the Office of Human Resources' job website ( by completing the required employment application for this recruitment and submitting the related documents.

The site permits the attachment of required/requested documentation. In addition to completing the online application, please upload the following: an application in a single PDF file consisting of 1) cover letter, 2) a curriculum vitae, 3) a brief statement of research experiences and interests, and 4) contact information for 3 references. Please also include a preferred start date in the cover letter and copies of official transcripts scanned into an electronic format.

PLEASE NOTE: A maximum of five (5) documents may be attached to your application. If more than five (5) documents are required for submission, please combine additional documents into one attachment to not exceed the maximum permitted.

Degrees from outside the United States must be validated by an organization belonging to the National Association of Credential Evaluation Service (NACES), with an indication of the documents the evaluation was prepared from (official transcripts, diplomas, dissertation abstracts). The evaluation should be scanned and electronically attached to one's application as with other US-based transcripts.

Prior to appointment, the candidate must submit official, sealed transcripts from all institutions where graduate coursework was attempted, whether or not a degree was obtained, as well as an original NACES evaluation, if applicable. Transcripts must be issued to Florida Atlantic University not to you as the student.

A background check will be required for the candidate selected for this position. This position is subject to funding.

Individuals requiring accommodation, please call 561-297-3057. 711

This recruitment has been reopened; all previous applicants are still under consideration and need not reapply. This position may close without prior notice.

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