Postdoctoral Research Fellow-Neuropharmacology (SD)

200218 Requisition #

A postdoctoral scholar "postdoc" is an individual holding a doctoral degree who is engaged in a temporary and defined period, typically less than 5 years, of mentored research and/or advanced scholarly training for the purpose of acquiring the professional skills needed to pursue a career path of his/her choosing. Performs research under the supervision and mentorship of a more senior researcher, often called the postdoctoral advisor.

Specifically, an immediate opening is available in the Department of Pharmacology and Neuroscience for an NIH-funded project on glutamate receptor in the laboratory. 

The project uses a multidisciplinary approach including genetic models, electrophysiology, ex vivo optogenetics, behavior and chemogenetic modulation of behavior and molecular biology to define the mechanisms by which neural circuits are regulated by NMDA and glutamate delta receptors. Of particular interest are basal ganglia, striatal and amygdala circuits. This knowledge can then be used to develop novel therapeutic strategies for affective and neurological disorders and addiction. Specific relevance is to diseases including autism, schizophrenia, addiction, pain and Parkinson’s disease. 

Ideal candidate will have a PhD with strong background in neuroscience, pharmacology or related areas and expertise in either patch clamp electrophysiology or molecular biology and in vitro assay development. Candidates with specialized imaging and biochemistry techniques are also encouraged to apply. 

Final selected candidate will have the opportunity to learn various neurosciences techniques established in the laboratory such as electrophysiology, imaging, viral mediated in vivo manipulation and others and to collaborate with other neuroscience labs in the department and surrounding universities. Creighton University provides excellent benefits. 

This position is 100% grant funded.

This position will work Monday to Friday; 8am-4:30pm; depending upon research needs position may require evening, weekend, and holiday work.  

Doctorate Degree;
1-3 years' experience in neuroscience, pharmacology or related areas

Knowledge, Skills, Abilities:
Strong experience in either patch clamp electrophysiology or molecular biology and in vitro assay development;
Ability to interpret data and to troubleshoot and resolve technical issues;
Strong work ethic,
Excellent written and verbal communication skills;
Ability to work independently or as a team;
Proficiency in Microsoft Office Suite to include Word, Excel; PowerPoint and Outlook;
Ability to work evenings, weekends, and holidays depending upon research needs

Additional Applicant Information:
Potential Applicants/Candidates are required to attach the following documents for application to be complete:
• Resume with a Cover Letter;
• Three (3) Professional References

Physical Requirements:
Seeing: 75 – 100%
Hearing: 75-100%
Standing/Climbing/Mobility: 50-74%
Lifting/Pulling/Pushing: 25-49% (pound: 15 lbs.)
Fingering/Grasping/Feeling: 75-100%
Travel: 0%
Exposure to Blood Borne pathogens: No
Working with Animals (rodents): Yes

AAP/EEO Statement:
Creighton University is committed to providing a safe and non-discriminatory educational and employment environment. The University admits qualified students, hires qualified employees and accepts patients for treatment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, marital status, national origin, age, disability, citizenship, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, veteran status, or other status protected by law. Its education and employment policies, scholarship and loan programs, and other programs and activities, are administered without unlawful discrimination.

Disclosure Statement:

This description describes the general nature of work to be performed and does not include an exhaustive list of all duties, skills, or abilities required. Regular, reliable attendance is an essential function and all employees are required to follow any other job-related instructions and to perform any other job-related duties as requested by their supervisor. Employees may also be required to work in excess of normal working hours as workloads and seasonal activities necessitate. A complete description is available in the Human Resource office located at 3006 Webster Street Omaha, NE. Creighton University reserves the right to modify duties, responsibilities and activities at any time with or without notice.

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