Postdoctoral Researcher

Updated: about 7 hours ago
Location: Lawrence, KANSAS
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Pharmacology & Toxicology

Position Overview

The Smith Lab in the Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology at the University of Kansas is seeking outstanding, driven applicants for postdoctoral positions in neuroscience.
The Smith Lab studies the neurocircuitry of social behavior and cognition. We are particularly interested in limbic and cortical systems which promote context-appropriate behaviors and maintain bonds in socially monogamous relationships, utilizing the prairie vole (Microtus ochrogaster). We study the structural and functional connectivity of neural networks using single channel and multi-channel calcium imaging, viral and fluorescent neuronal tracing, microdialysis optogenetics/chemogenetics, animal behavior, and histological methods in neuroscience.
As we are a behavioral neuroscience lab, we are especially interested in candidates with experience in calcium imaging from populations of neurons in awake behaving animals; however, candidates with a background in engineering, physics, neuroethology, or ethology are also encouraged to apply. Applicants must either have a Ph.D. or be nearing the completion of their doctorate in a relevant field.

This position is limited term with a typical duration of 1-5 years.

Job Description

70% -  Perform laboratory experiments in behavioral pharmacology and neuroscience, carry out library work and computer searches for literature relative to research topic; assist in the preparation and submission of all manuscripts and publications related to the research.
10% -  Laboratory maintenance and safety: help in the cleaning, organization, and maintenance of the laboratory equipment; maintain breeding colony and colony census; be knowledgeable and up-to-date with laboratory safety protocols and employ them in the course of all work.
10% -  Record keeping: keep detailed notes and records pertaining to all research work.
10% -  Other duties to include attending and participation in scientific group meetings, departmental seminars, and problem sessions; assist in the mentorship and training of graduate students.

Required Qualifications

  • Doctoral degree conferred at the time of appointment, not to exceed six months from the date of hire.
  • NOTE

    :  Individuals who have served as a postdoctoral fellow/researcher for a total of five years in the same area of research are not eligible. To be appointed at the Postdoctoral Researcher title, it is necessary to have the PhD in hand.  Appointments made without a diploma or certified transcript indicating an earned doctorate are conditional hires and are appointed on an acting basis not to exceed six months.  Upon verification of degree the appointment will be extended to its full duration.

    Contact Information to Applicants

    Adam Smith
    Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology

    Additional Candidate Instruction

    A complete application includes an online application, cover letter, resume highlighting pertinent experience relative to the required and preferred qualifications and contact information for three professional references. Only complete applications will be considered.

    Review of applications will begin September 21, 2019 and continue until the position is filled.  To ensure first consideration, apply by September 20, 2019.

    Advertised Salary Range

    Minimum $52,100

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    Anticipated Start Date


    Limited Term End Date


    Work Location

    University of Kansas - Lawrence

    Employee Class

    U-Unclassified Professional Staff

    Conditions of Employment

    Contingent on Funding, Limited Term


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