Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship in the behavioral neuroscience laboratory at the Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, in the School of Arts and Sciences. This position is funded through an active NIMH grant to study sex-differences in inflammatory-induced perinatal programming and the underlying mechanisms that promote resiliency. Using rodent models, we assess behavioral performance using a variety of translational behavioral tasks including several sociability metrics, prepulse inhibition, touchscreen technology, and other indices of emotional reactivity. Neuroendocrine and neurobiological correlates are also evaluated using standard approaches such as ELISA, western blotting, immunochemistry, and qPCR. The position would be particularly well-suited for a candidate considering a career at a small liberal arts/health sciences university or in industry.
Conduct behavioral experiments, perform neuroanatomical techniques and some biochemical approachesPlan independent research projects and analyze and publish the resultsPrepare grant proposalsAssist the Principal Investigator in the supervision of undergraduate and graduate students to ensure good laboratory practice, scientific rigor, and safe engagement in meritorious research projectsAdditional responsibilities may be assigned by the supervisor
- PhD degree in psychology, neuroscience, physiology, or a related discipline
- Demonstrated expertise in animal handling and the use of fluorescence microscopy, cellular imaging/microscopy, and molecular biology techniques (RT-PCR, western blotting)
- A genuine interest in the training and development of students at a primarily undergraduate university
- Demonstrated commitment to valuing diversity and contributing to an inclusive working and learning environment
- Experience conducting small-animal surgery would be an asset
Please attach a cover letter and a curriculum vitae/resume. Finalist candidate(s) for this position will be subject to reference checks and a pre-employment background check as a condition of employment.
Applicants must be authorized to work for any employer in the U.S. MCPHS is unable to sponsor, or take over sponsorship of an employment Visa. MCPHS is also not an E-Verify institution.
Established in 1823, Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences (MCPHS) is the oldest institution of higher education in Boston, a city that is home to many of the world’s top universities and healthcare institutions. We are one of the largest and most highly-ranked schools for health- and life-sciences, and our alumni and faculty continually distinguish themselves in healthcare settings around the globe. MCPHS has more than 7000 students across campuses in Boston’s Longwood Medical Area, downtown Worcester, MA and downtown Manchester, NH. Our vision is to empower our Community to create a healthier, more equitable world, which we strive to achieve through our strategic priorities of collaboration, inclusion, success, sustainability, planning, and support.
We offer competitive salaries and excellent benefits that include a substantial contribution toward the cost of medical, vision, and dental insurance, generous time off, retirement and pension plans, and flexible work arrangements to support work/life balance for our employees while supporting the MCPHS strategic plan.
MCPHS is an Equal Opportunity Employer that celebrates a diverse community. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to any characteristic protected by law.