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Date Posted: 5/21/2018
Position Title:

Assistant Project Scientist I

Position Description:

An Assistant Project Scientist I position is available at the University of California, Los Angeles in the laboratory of Dr. Daniel Lu. The Assistant Project Scientist I will also be responsible for supervising graduate students and undergraduate student researchers, preparing manuscripts for publication in scientific journals, and assisting with the preparation of grant proposals. Qualified candidate should have PhD in neurosciences, or neurophysiology with strong background in neurophysiology, molecular biology, mouse/rat surgery, optogenetic approaches, and data analysis. The candidate is required to have a minimum of 4 years of experience in central nervous system or spinal cord circuit physiology. The Assistant Project Scientist I position is a 12-month, non-Senate position. We are seeking independent, motivated individual with excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills. Interested applications should e-mail their resume to: dclu@mednet.ucla.edu

Starting Date: June 1, 2018 

Responsibilities:

The assigned project is focused on studying the neural networks within the spinal cord and leveraging this understanding to facilitate recovery of motor function after spinal cord injury (SCI). Specific experimental model include rats, transgenic mice, and human. The principal objective is to assess the biomarkers of functional recovery in response to spinal cord neuromodulation in the SCI animal setting and applying this understanding to human SCI subjects. This involves molecular, neurophysiological, optogenetic, and immunohistochemical approaches in studying spinal motor and interneuronal circuitry.

Additional Duties:

  • Supervision of undergraduates, graduate students, and new postdoctoral trainees in the lab.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects efficiently and effectively.
  • Ability to work independently on scientific projects.
  • Assist with preparation of grant proposals.
  • Preparation of manuscripts for publication in scientific journals.
  • Required to communicate well with other scientists worldwide.
  • Candidate should have 5 years of research experience in Neuroscience or neural circuits or neurophysiology in an academic setting or equivalent.
  • Candidate should have extensive experience in human experiments.
  • Candidate should have experience in writing and revising institutional review board applications (IRB).
  • The candidate will report directly to the Principal Investigator and will successfully carry out experiments and analyze the data generated with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to handle several projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to help and train various personnel in animal and human studies and make significant contribution to the design and execution of other laboratory member’s experiments.
Statement:

The University of California prohibits discrimination against or harassment of any person employed by or seeking employment with the University on the basis of race, color, national origin, religion, sex, physical or mental disability, medical condition (caner-related or genetic characteristics), ancestry, marital status, age, sexual orientation, citizenship, or status as a covered veterans.

The University of California is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer. The University undertakes affirmative action to assure equal employment opportunity for minorities and women, for persons with disabilities, and for covered veterans.

University policy is intended to be consistent with the provisions of applicable State and Federal laws.

The Department is particularly interested in candidates who have experience working with students from a diverse background and a demonstrated commitment to improving access to higher education for disadvantaged students or The (School) at UCLA is committed to building a more diverse faculty, staff, and student body as it responds to the changing population and educational needs of California and the nation. 


 

Date Posted: 5/7/2018
 

Postdoctoral Fellowships
Department of Health and Human Services
National Institutes of Health
National Institute of Mental Health
Intramural Research Program
Bethesda, Maryland, USA

Position Description:

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is seeking exceptional candidates for a Post-Doctoral Fellow position in the Intramural Research Programs (IRP), in the Section on The Neurobiology of Fear and Anxiety (SNFA), headed by Dr. Christian Grillon.

The mission of the SNFA within the NIMH, Division of Intramural Programs (NIMH DIRP), is to increase scientific knowledge about the nature, prevention, and treatment of anxiety disorders. SFNA investigates cognitive, behavioral, and biological risk factors and correlates of anxiety. Information gained from this research will lead to a better understanding of brain dysfunction in anxiety disorders, and to the development and evaluation of new therapeutic strategies.
Qualification:

A Post-Doctoral Fellow position is available for a highly motivated individual interested in brain and behavior relationships. The research position will focus on exploring neural mechanisms of fear and anxiety and their interactions with cognitive processes in humans using neuroimaging approaches.

Applicant must have an MD, PhD or equivalent doctoral degree, ideally in Cognitive Neuroscience or Computational Neuroscience or related discipline. Candidates must have thorough knowledge of fMRI techniques. A focus on research in the areas of affective neuroscience, fear, anxiety, emotion, and fear conditioning in human is preferred, and experience with computational modeling is desirable.

Screening for the post-Doctoral position will begin immediately. The position will remain open until filled, with an initial 2 years appointment (renewable up to 5 years).

NIMH is a major research component of the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services, which have nationwide responsibility for improving the health and well being of all Americans.  Interested applicants should send curriculum vitae, statement or research interests, representative publications, and two letters of references to Christian Grillon, NIMH/MAP, 15K North Drive, Bldg 15K, MSC 2670, Bethesda MD 20892-2670 or email to christian.grillon@nih.gov.

This position is subject to a background investigation.

 

Date Posted: 5/1/2018
  The Michael G. DeGroote Centre for Medicinal Cannabis Research (MGD CMCR) Postdoctoral Fellowships
Description:

The prestigious Michael G. DeGroote Graduate Postdoctoral Fellowship in cannabis research provides postdoctoral fellows with the opportunity to pursue leading-edge research in line with the MGD CMCR’s key research areas: Pain and Addiction & Mental Health.

This program is supported by the Michael G. DeGroote Initiative for Innovation in Healthcare – with funding from Mr. Michael G. DeGroote and the Boris Family Foundation.

These fellowships aim to encourage and support cannabis research training and provide salary support to individuals with an exceptional background and interest in research relating to the Centre’s mandate. Successful recipients of these awards will have the opportunity to work with faculty who are conducting innovative research and are considered among the best in their field.

Value and Number of Awards:
  • Each fellowship has a value of $60,000.00 CAD per year.
  • Each fellowship is awarded for one year with the potential for a one year renewal, as determined by the MGD CMCR leadership team.
  • Any additional funding required to support the candidate, in keeping with their program requirements, must be provided via the supervisor’s own resources. 
Eligibility Criteria:
  • Awards will be available to individuals undertaking cannabis-related research and who have demonstrated excellence in academic achievement throughout their doctoral training.
  • Candidates must have fulfilled all degree requirements for a PhD, MD, or equivalent.
  • Award recipients must be eligible to work in Canada for the term of this award.
  • Proposed projects must clearly demonstrate concordance with the mission and vision of the MGD CMCR.
  • Recipients cannot concurrently hold other post-doctoral fellowship.
  • Candidates will be required to have at least one supervisor who is a faculty affiliate of the MGD CMCR.
  • Fellowships will be held within the Faculty of Health Sciences at McMaster University, which includes affiliations with affiliated hospitals (St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton and Hamilton Health Sciences).  Fellows pursuing research on addiction will also have the opportunity to affiliate with the Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research.

 

Date Posted: 5/1/2018
  Postdoctoral Fellowship in Addictions Research
Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research
McMaster University/St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton
Description:

The Peter Boris Centre for Addictions Research (PBCAR) at McMaster University/St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton (SJHH) is inviting applicants for postdoctoral fellowships in addiction research. The fellowships are to conduct addiction research that seeks to leverage advances in diverse disciplines to understand the etiology and treatment of addiction. Fellows will work closely with a primary mentor and co-mentors from the Centre’s faculty to gain new skills, develop their personal research programs, and contribute to existing projects.

The PBCAR is a partnership between McMaster’s Department of Psychiatry and Behavioural Neurosciences and St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton. The Centre is directed by Dr. James MacKillop and has 16 faculty affiliates with highly diverse interests. Currently, the PBCAR Is executing projects funded by the National Institutes of Health, the Canadian Institutes of Health Research (CHIR), and the Gambling Research Exchange of Ontario, among others.

Current areas of focus include: 1) using brain imaging to understand addiction; 2) genetic correlates of addiction and related endophenotypes; 3) the role of impulsivity and stress in addictive behavior; 4) predictive models of treatment response; and 5) longitudinal course of alcohol and other substance misuse in emerging adults.

Conditions of interest include substance use disorders (particularly alcohol, tobacco, cannabis, and opioid use disorder), gambling disorder, and obesity/compulsive eating. In addition, PBCAR faculty have interests in the overlap between addiction and several other conditions, particularly post-traumatic stress disorder, major depressive disorder, attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and antisocial personality disorder. The PBCAR has a number of collaborative clinical projects and has partnered with several clinical services at SJHH (Concurrent Disorders Program, Eating Disorders Program, Forensic Psychiatry Program) and the Addiction Medicine Service at Homewood Health Centre. Opportunities to contribute to clinical research collaborations will be available, clinical training or service provision will not available.

Benefits will include a competitive fellowship stipend and benefits that are commensurate with experience and are equivalent to CIHR levels. Travel support will also be provided and pilot funding may be available. The fellowship will be for up to two years.

The PBCAR is physically located at St. Joseph's Healthcare Hamilton and has a satellite location on campus at McMaster, both in Hamilton, Ontario. Hamilton is a major hub in the ‘Greater Toronto Hamilton Area’ and is known for high quality of life and low cost of living. Hamilton has a vigorous economy, a vibrant arts community, outstanding restaurants, affordable housing, and hundreds of acres of conservation lands and national gardens. It is also part of the GO Train system for commuting from nearby municipalities, including Toronto.

Qualifications: Eligible applicants will have completed a PhD or MD (or equivalent) degree, with training in psychology, psychiatry, behavior analysis, cognitive neuroscience, behavioural genetics, or related fields. Successful candidates will be intellectually curious, highly motivated individuals who can work well in teams and can independently develop novel scholarly works.
Application Instructions: To apply, applicants should submit a current CV and letter of interest to Ms. Jane de Jesus (dejesuj@mcmaster.ca). Within the letter, applicants should describe their interests and potential mentors.

 

Date Posted: 4/15/2018
 

Seeking Talented Neurobiology Postdocs Interested in Mitochondrial Oxygen Metabolism
Mootha Laboratory
HHMI / MGH / Harvard Medical School / Broad Institute

Description:

A funded postdoctoral fellowship position is now available in the Mootha lab (http://mootha.med.harvard.edu/) at MGH/HHMI/Broad Institute in Boston.  Our highly collaborative lab investigates the role of mitochondria in rare and common human diseases.  We have deep expertise in modern genomics and metabolomics approaches.

Our group has recently discovered that certain forms of inherited mitochondrial neurological diseases are hastened by breathing high oxygen, while alleviated by breathing low oxygen.  The results are dramatic and could have implications for a range of human conditions.  We now have philanthropic funding in place (i) to decipher the in vivo mechanism by which hypoxia alleviates mitochondrial neurological disease, (ii) to determine to what hypoxia therapy generalizes to other forms of mitochondrial disease, and (iii) to create practical regimens that can be eventually translated into humans. 

Qualifications: We are seeking a talented postdoctoral fellow that will lead such efforts within our lab.  The successful applicant will have a PhD in mouse neurobiology with a strong publication record and experience with modern methods in mouse genetics and physiology.  A background in mitochondria / metabolism is NOT required.  This is a rare opportunity in which an experienced mouse neurobiologist will be able to “cross-train” in metabolism / mitochondrial biology to become a leader in the metabolic basis of neurological disease.
Application Instructions: Please send a cover letter, CV, and names of 2-3 references to Dr. Vamsi K. Mootha (vamsi@hms.harvard.edu).

 

Date Posted:

4/5/2018
Position Title: Neuromodulation Postdoctoral Scholar
Position Type: Full-time two-year appointment
Position Description: The Neuromodulation Division of the Semel Institute at UCLA is recruiting a full-time Postdoctoral Scholar who will play a vital role in research to advance the use of repetitive Transcranial Magnetic Stimulation (rTMS) for the treatment of neuropsychiatric illness. The Scholar will work within the TMS Clinical and Research Service to investigate the neural mechanisms of rTMS for treatment of Major Depressive Disorder (MDD), anxiety, pain, and related disorders. The successful applicant will join existing studies aimed at elucidating the mechanism of action of TMS, developing biomarkers of rTMS efficacy, and testing new rTMS procedures. The Scholar also will have the opportunity to develop new projects investigating the neural bases of rTMS effects. The TMS Service has unique infrastructure that supports recording of high-density EEG during TMS, using neuronavigation to guide procedures, and integrating TMS and pharmacologic treatment interventions.
Requirements / Qualifications:
  • MD and/or PhD and training in a field relevant to clinical neuroscience research (neuroscience, physics, biomedical engineering, mathematics, statistics, computer science)
  • Experience in advanced EEG and MRI data analysis techniques
  • A strong programming skill set (e.g., MATLAB, EEGLAB)
  • Background in functional connectivity analyses
Application Instructions: Those interested should email a brief statement of interest, Curriculum Vitae, and list of 3 references with contact information to arsexton@ucla.edu
Closing Date: Until position is filled

 

Date Posted: 3/22/2018
Position Title: Research Faculty-Psychiatry
Position Type: Faculty
Division/School: BIOLOGICAL SCIENCES DIVISION
Hiring Unit: PSYCHIATRY
Position Description: The University of Chicago's Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Neuroscience seeks applicants for a faculty position, each with a substantial research focus in any area relevant to the advancement of Psychiatry. 

Academic rank will be commensurate with accomplishments. Applicants must have a doctoral-level degree: e.g., MD, PhD, MD/PhD, or equivalent. Those in clinical practice as an integral part of their research or who otherwise plan to maintain their clinical practice must hold or be eligible to hold an Illinois medical license by the start of appointment. 

Those interested must submit a curriculum vitae, a research statement including accomplishments and future plans, and three peer-reviewed publications at the University of Chicago's Academic Career Opportunities website at http://tinyurl.com/lgb67uk. Review of applications will continue until all available positions are filled.
Statement: The University of Chicago is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity/Disabled/Veterans Employer and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national or ethnic origin, age, status as an individual with a disability, protected veteran status, genetic information, or other protected classes under the law. For additional information please see the University's Notice of Nondiscrimination at http://www.uchicago.edu/about/non_discrimination_statement/. Job seekers in need of a reasonable accommodation to complete the application process should call 773-702-0287 or email ACOppAdministrator@uchicago.edu with their request.
Required Applicant Documents:
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Research Statement 
  • Publication 1
  • Publication 2
  • Publication 3

 

Date Posted: 3/22/2018
Description:

The National Institute of Mental Health (NIMH), a major research component of the National Institutes of Health (NIH), is seeking exceptional candidates for a Post-Doctoral Fellow position in the Intramural Research Programs (IRP), in the Section on The Neurobiology of Fear and Anxiety (SNFA), headed by Dr. Christian Grillon.

The mission of the SNFA within the NIMH, Division of Intramural Programs (NIMH DIRP), is to increase scientific knowledge about the nature, prevention, and treatment of anxiety disorders. SFNA investigates cognitive, behavioral, and biological risk factors and correlates of anxiety. Information gained from this research will lead to a better understanding of brain dysfunction in anxiety disorders, and to the development and evaluation of new therapeutic strategies.

Qualifications:

A Post-Doctoral Fellow position is available for a highly motivated individual interested in brain and behavior relationships. The research position will focus on exploring neural mechanisms of fear and anxiety and their interactions with cognitive processes in humans using neuroimaging approaches.

Applicant must have an MD, PhD or equivalent doctoral degree, ideally in Cognitive Neuroscience or Computational Neuroscience or related discipline. Candidates must have thorough knowledge of fMRI techniques. A focus on research in the areas of affective neuroscience, fear, anxiety, emotion, and fear conditioning in human is preferred, and experience with computational modeling is desirable.

Screening for the post-Doctoral position will begin immediately. The position will remain open until filled, with an initial 2 years appointment (renewable up to 5 years).

Application Instructions:

NIMH is a major research component of the National Institutes of Health and the Department of Health and Human Services, which have nationwide responsibility for improving the health and well being of all Americans.  Interested applicants should send curriculum vitae, statement or research interests, representative publications, and two letters of references to Christian Grillon, NIMH/MAP, 15K North Drive, Bldg 15K, MSC 2670, Bethesda MD 20892-2670 or email to christian.grillon@nih.gov.

This position is subject to a background investigation.


 

Date Posted: 2/21/2018
Position Title: Assistant Professor, Neuroscience
Category: Tenure-track
Department: Keck Science
Department URL: http://www.kecksci.claremont.edu
Description: The W.M. Keck Science Department of Claremont McKenna College, Pitzer College and Scripps College invites applications for a tenure-track appointment in Neuroscience at the Assistant Professor level to begin July 2018. The department, which houses a wide spectrum of faculty members from the physical and life sciences, including neuroscience, for three of the five undergraduate Claremont Colleges, offers innovative and interdisciplinary programs in the natural sciences. The neuroscience program extends across the five undergraduate Claremont Colleges. Many faculty members participate in collaborative research projects, both within the department and with research groups at nearby colleges and universities. We seek a broadly trained neuroscientist who is committed to excellence in teaching and who will develop a vibrant research program using quantitative methods that fully engages undergraduate students. We are interested in all aspects of neuroscience, excluding cognitive neuroscience. The position offers opportunities to teach both cell/molecular and systems neuroscience courses, introductory biology, non-majors courses, and a course in the candidate’s field. Candidates will be asked to discuss their ability to teach a diverse student body and contribute to fostering diversity in the department. A Ph.D. degree, post-doctoral experience, and a record of scholarly publication are required.
Procedures
and Timetable:

Please apply online at https://webapps.cmc.edu/jobs/faculty/faculty_opening_detail.php?PostingID=16034. Upload a cover letter, a curriculum vitae, a statement of teaching philosophy, a description of proposed research with equipment needs, and the names and e-mail addresses of three references. Any inquiries may be addressed to Professor Melissa Coleman at mcoleman@kecksci.claremont.edu. Additional information about the department may be found at www.kecksci.claremont.edu. Review of applications will begin March 12, 2018, and the position will remain open until filled.


The Keck Science Department of Claremont McKenna, Pitzer, and Scripps Colleges is an equal opportunity employer. In a continuing effort to enrich its academic environment and provide equal educational and employment opportunities, the department actively encourage applications from women and members of historically under-represented social groups in higher education.