Electrophysiologist to Study Reward/Aversion Brain Circuitry

Job Description

Date Posted July 02, 2020

Category Postdoctoral-Other

Employment Type Full-time

Application Deadline Open until filled

D- Electrophysiologist to Study Reward/Aversion Brain Circuitry

Mentor: Dr. James Bibb, Vice Chair of Research Departments of Surgery, Neurobiology, and Neurology, UAB Comprehensive Cancer Center University of Alabama at Birmingham

A Postdoctoral position is now available at the University of Alabama Birmingham Medical Center within the basic, translational, and preclinical research program of the Department of Surgery to study mesocorticolimbic brain circuitry function and its role in various paradigms of human disease.

Projects include understanding gastrointestinal and neuropsychiatric disease comorbidity, drug addiction, and the effects of diffuse axonal injury on brain function. Each of these projects incorporates experimental therapeutic intervention. Techniques include single unit and field slice recording, optogenetic interrogation of nucleus accumbens excitatory inputs, as well as in vivo recordings.

The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary team of biochemists, behaviorists, and neuropathologists within the setting of a strong neurophysiology core. An overall goal of this research is to understand the integration of fast excitatory and slow metabotropic signaling mechanisms that dictate normal brain function and their maladaptation in disease.

The successful candidate will work both independently and as part of a team aimed at making advances and publishing high impact work. Several projects are well developed so that clear existing data can be used to rapidly demonstrate productivity. The incorporation of multiple perspectives and advanced technologies is a hallmark of this sustained and well-funded research program and will provide the applicant with the opportunity to produce high impact publications and establish a strong record of grant award funding.

The candidate will receive committed mentoring and career development toward developing independent research and training to become a principle investigator. Projects will incorporate broad levels of collaboration and multiple forms of analysis.

Enthusiastic applicants with a recent Ph.D. and experience in neurophysiology are strongly encouraged to apply by submitting their C.V. and 3 references to Dr. James Bibb, . UAB features a large clinical and scientific community with a world-renowned faculty and has state-of-the-art research facilities. UAB is an equal opportunity employer.

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to fostering a diverse, equitable and family-friendly environment in which all faculty and staff can excel and achieve work/life balance irrespective of, race, national origin, age, genetic or family medical history, gender, faith, gender identity and expression as well as sexual orientation. UAB also encourages applications from individuals with disabilities and veterans.

UAB is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and persons with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Postdoc Awards and Benefits
Competitive postdoc awards are available including internships, grant incentives, funds to enhance education and collaboration outside UAB, and teaching opportunities at local universities. There is also a Postdoc Research Day with monetary awards.

The OPE strongly encourages UAB research mentors to follow the National Research Service Award stipend level guidelines, and postdoctoral scholars qualify for health, life, and other insurances. They also have the right to participate in the university's 403(b) program and enjoy vacation, sick leave, maternity/paternity leave, and other benefits.

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