Duke University, Psychology and Neuroscience

Position ID:Duke-P&N-POSTDOC_MCHENRY [#16177]
Position Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Position Type:Postdoctoral
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708-0999, United States [map]
Subject Area: Neuroscience / Systems neuroscience
Appl Deadline:2020/12/31 11:59PMhelp popup (posted 2020/03/17, listed until 2020/12/31)
Position Description:    

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Postdoctoral position, McHenry Lab Duke University 

The McHenry Lab at Duke University, located within the Department of Psychology & Neuroscience, is recruiting a Postdoc to work on a study funded by the National Institute of Mental Health. This major goal of the project is to use a combination of modern circuit neuroscience technologies to monitor and manipulate the activity of precise neural circuits and understand their role among social and nonsocial motivated behavior, including feeding. 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 many 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 or a related discipline using basic research and animal models, preferably mice. The ideal candidate will have a strong background and experience in the field of neuroscience and behavior in mouse models, such as social behavior, mood disorder models, or equivalent. The candidate should have also become proficient in at least one of the following techniques: mouse behavior, physiology, or calcium imaging and surgical techniques for anatomical tracing, optogenetics, or other brain targeting strategies. Programming skills, microscopy, and/or an understanding or experience with mouse genetics are also a plus. The applicant must be detail-oriented, independent within the PIs guidelines set forth for the project and lab, 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, 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 PI will hold regular meetings with the postdoc to discuss plans, projects, data, or concerns. The PI will work with the postdoc to facilitate their success and productivity, and importantly provide training and mentorship. The postdoc will be given independence in their day-to-day activities and data collection process, as long as it is in line with the expectations, lab SOPs, and planned projects set forth. The postdoc must be receptive to feedback and instruction that the PI sets and not deviate from discussed plans and priorities or data / notebook recording process. At times, the PI will help with various aspects of the funded project, including training, surgeries, data collection or analysis, figure preparation, and manuscript writing. The final version of any published or presented work is at the discretion of the PI. 

The work conducted in the lab will stay in the lab, but the PI will help the postdoc develop a plan and skills for their future unique and independent research program. The postdoc must be transparent, take detailed notes, be ethical in following lab and animal procedures, honest in all communications (verbal, written) and all data collection and reporting. The candidate must be flexible and willing to function in a high-paced environment and help train and supervise others. The candidate must treat all members, including the PI with respect and professionalism. The postdoc must consider and respect the overall needs of the project, team, and lab and work well as a team and collaborate with others. In return, the PI will ensure that the postdoc has many opportunities as possible to advance their skill set, training, CV, presentations, and networking within the field. The postdoc will have many opportunities to collaborate and be co-authored on other projects that make a substantial effort towards. The candidate will have many opportunities to learn valuable techniques, prepare grants to advance their career, and gain a range of professional development skills and networking opportunities within Duke and in the scientific community.

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:
417 Chapel Drive
Box 90086
Duke University
Durham, NC 27708-0086

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