Duke University, Psychology and Neuroscience

Position ID:Duke-P&N-RESSCI_MCHENRY [#15834, 1826]
Position Title: Research Scientist
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708-0999, United States [map]
Subject Area: Neuroscience
Appl Deadline:2020/09/09 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2020/01/09, listed until 2020/09/09)
Position Description:    

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The McHenry Lab at Duke, located within the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, is recruiting a Research Scientist to help initiate a research program and conduct research on grant projects related to rodent social behaviour and systems circuit neuroscience. The lab uses a combination of circuit-based strategies and custom engineered designs to investigate how social information is encoded in neural circuits that regulate motivational and emotional states. The lab uses a combination of state-of-the-art techniques, including deep-brain calcium imaging (2-photon in vivo microscopy) with single-cell resolution and optogenetics, to monitor and manipulate the activity of neurons with anatomical and molecular precision, in awake behaving mice. Collectively, these studies will provide insights into social and motivational processes that are disrupted across a range of conditions, such as major depression, reproductive mood disorders, and autism spectrum disorders.

 The candidate must have a Ph.D. in neuroscience and have completed a postdoc in a basic neuroscience lab that utilizes rodent models routinely, including behavioural studies.  The ideal candidate will have a strong background and experimental skills related to animal social behavior, motivation/reward systems, behavioural neuroendocrinology.  Programming and imaging skills and any previous experience as a lab manager are also a plus. The applicant must be detail-oriented, independent when need be, proactive, well-organized, and able to manage multiple and changing priorities as needed to move experiments and the research program forward. Excellent communication and interpersonal skills, a strong commitment to research and scientific ethic, honest, and a positive attitude are required for this team-based environment. The candidate must be able to work closely and follow instruction from the PI with attention to detail and be proactive and responsive to lab agendas/goals in a timely manner. The candidate must be flexible and willing to function in a high-paced environment and help train and supervise others.

 Work Performed

 The initial focus will be to work closely with the Principal Investigator, to help establish new research programs, experiments, animal colony (different transgenic lines), learn any relevant new skills from the PI, and then transition to focusing on moving planned research projects forward.

 The expectation is that the individual will commit on average, depending on the current needs of the lab, approximately 25-50% of their time working closely with the needs of the PI and the lab, to help establish and sustain a successful team and research program (e.g. animal colony, general day to day lab needs, ordering, IACUC/safety protocol needs, training and supervising incoming members or students, general organization and meetings), with the remainder of the time focused on conducting experiments that are agreed upon and within the scope and focus of the lab and funded projects, collecting and analysing data, and helping with writing and data visualization. The candidate will have the opportunity to publish first authored and co-authored papers, apply for grants, and learn valuable new neuroscience skills (e.g. in vivo 2photon imaging, optogenetics, genetic targeting) that will be relevant to advancing their career in science or medicine, attend seminars and conferences, and interact with collaborators to expand their research network and skills.

 Other general expectations or duties:

 Confer with principal investigator to review data and develop plans for research experiments and make modifications to existing procedures and techniques to meet the needs of the particular studies as required.

Perform a variety of complex technical duties involved in conducting physical and other research laboratory tests and experiments to obtain data for research purposes and assemble data sets from experimental results.  Experiments including: setting up instruments, material, and apparatus and operate laboratory equipment required for specific tests, mouse surgery, mouse behavior, histology, imaging, and optogenetics. 

Help PI and technicians or other establish and maintain experimental animals in our mouse colony with the highest level of integrity and honesty related to animal ethics; including helping with oversight of breeding colony, tissue collections for genotyping, maintenance of animal colony records, and euthanasia. Must display a high level of accuracy, efficiency, and independence. Due to the nature of the animal work, the candidate must be committed to the lab and work around the schedule of the needs for the animals when necessary for the well-being of the animals or experimental protocol. Help PI ensure that others are maintain these standards. 

Help maintain and update laboratory protocols when needed, contribute to preparing of scientific papers, abstracts and other literature for information applicable to research experiments. Review work of lower level laboratory personnel and assist in training new personnel. 

Perform other related duties incidental to the work described herein. 

The above statements describe the general nature of work being performed by individuals assigned to this classification. This is not intended to be an exhaustive list of all responsibilities and duties required of personnel so classified.


Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

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Further Info:
(919) 660-5640
417 Chapel Drive
Box 90086
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708-0086

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