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PostDoctoral Associate

Requisition Number:

15949

Location:

Boulder, Colorado

Employment Type:

Research Faculty

Schedule:

Full-Time

Job Summary

This position is for a PostDoctoral Researcher investigating the interactions between stress, drug abuse and motivation. This PostDoc will be responsible for managing independent research projects and trainees within the Saddoris Lab, including rodent behavioral assays, surgical treatments (implantations of in vivo recording and self-administration apparatus, as well as vector infusions), recording and interpret large data sets related to in vivo electrophysiology, voltammetry, and fluorescent imaging (e.g. fiber photometry), and presenting obtained results for both public presentation and written manuscripts.

Who We Are

The mission of the Department of Psychology and Neuroscience at the University of Colorado Boulder is to strive for excellence in our research, in our training of graduate students, and in our teaching of undergraduates. Underlying these goals is a deep commitment to research and teaching that will meaningfully address the betterment of the human condition and prepare our students to be competitive in the modern academic and professional environment.

What Your Key Responsibilities Will Be

PostDoctoral scholar will be responsible for managing independent research projects within the Saddoris Lab. In particular, this scholar will run rodent behavioral assays, administer surgical treatments (implantations of in vivo recording and self-administration apparatus, as well as vector infusions), record and interpret large data sets related to in vivo electrophysiology, voltammetry, and fluorescent imaging (e.g. fiber photometry), and presenting obtained results for both public presentation and written manuscripts. While this position is funded by an NIH grant, it is expected that this researcher will actively pursue external funding to support additional independent research projects as part of their career development. Finally, this position is designed to be highly collaborative and will necessitate coordination with Saddoris Lab members as well as researchers contributing approaches from participating labs. As such, this researcher will maintain several related projects, managing collaborators and trainees, in order to develop convergent evidence for their research program.

What We Can Offer

Anticipated Starting Salary is $52,000, commensurate with skills and experience.

Benefits

The University of Colorado offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, paid time off, tuition benefit and ECO Pass. The University of Colorado Boulder is one of the largest employers in Boulder County and offers an inspiring higher education environment. Learn more about the University of Colorado Boulder.

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What You Will Need

  • PhD in Neuroscience or related (e.g., Psychology, Physiology)
  • Expertise in rodent behavioral approaches, specifically with respect to stress susceptibility/resilience, motivated behaviors, and methodological approaches to quantify these behaviors. 
  • Extensive publishing record in peer-reviewed journals of exemplary work in these behavioral domains
  • Expertise in neurobiological assays of neuronal and potentially non-neural (e.g., glial) activity and recruitment during behavior. Ideally, these assays will include immediate early gene activation (e.g., c-fos), pharmacological identification and manipulation of neural signals (e.g., BDNF), and mapping how these signals are embedded within identified anatomical circuits (e.g., combinatorial approaches with anatomical tracers and functional signaling). 
  • Strong scientific writing. This includes preparation of manuscripts for publication, preparation of data for public talks and poster presentations, and preparation of grants (both public and private) to support the independent aims of the work. 
  • Strong analytical approaches to data acquisition, experimental design, rigorous statistical approaches and interpretation of acquired data sets. 
  • Highly collaborative with the ability to manage several separate research projects, each with potentially different support team, including graduate students, undergraduates and other collaborators.

What We Would Like You To Have

  • Programming skills in data analysis including MATLAB, R, Python or related. Ideal candidate may have extensive background in neural computational approaches such as machine learning, computational modeling, bootstrap methods and/or signal processing.

Special Instructions

To apply, please submit the following materials:
  1. Resume/CV
  2. Cover Letter
  3. List of References
This position will remain open until filled.

Note: Application materials will not be accepted via email. For consideration, applications must be submitted through CU Boulder Jobs.

Posting Contact Name: Boulder Campus Human Resources

Posting Contact Email: Recruiting@colorado.edu

The University of Colorado is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer