Duke University, Psychology and Neuroscience

Position ID:Duke-P&N-AIR2_BILBOLAB [#24439]
Position Title: Associate in Research
Position Type:Other
Position Location:Durham, North Carolina 27708-0999, United States [map] sort by distance
Subject Area: Neuroscience / Systems neuroscience
Appl Deadline:2023/08/31 11:59PMhelp popup deleted (posted 2023/02/28, listed until 2023/08/31)
Position Description:   URMs  

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Associate in Research 
Dr. Staci Bilbo / Developmental Neuroimmunology Lab at Duke 
Department of Psychology and Neuroscience 


Dr. Staci Bilbo’s Developmental Neuroimmunology Lab at Duke has a focus on the area of neuroendocrine-immune interactions and their role in motivated behavior, using laboratory rats and mice as a model organism. Research projects are aimed at exploring the mechanisms by which innate CNS immune cells, primarily microglia, and their products such as cytokines and chemokines, influence both normal and abnormal brain development, and their implications for behavioral outcomes later in life, including cognition, affect, and addiction. We use a variety of behavioral, cellular, and molecular techniques; including the use of genetically modified animals and behavioral testing (e.g., social behavior, anxiety, depression, & addiction); in vivo surgical techniques and circuit manipulations (e.g. chemogenetics); ex vivo glial cell cultures; endpoint tissue collection and processing (e.g., flow cytometry, immunohistochemistry, ELISAs, Westerns, qPCR); and image analysis (e.g., light, confocal microscopy). 

Work Performed 

The Associate in Research will be particularly involved in a newly funded NIAAA project focused on the role of microglia, inhibitory interneuron development, and alcohol use disorder using a mouse model. They will be involved in all aspects of the project from animal handling and husbandry, execution of the drinking protocol, endpoint tissue collection and processing, and image acquisition and analysis, e.g. of discrete cell populations within the brain. There will be opportunities for authorship and presentation of results at local conferences. 

This is a full time, grant funded position, eligible for all Duke benefits (https://hr.duke.edu/benefits) with an initial appointment of one year with the possibility of renewal, dependent on funding and performance. 

Desired Qualifications 
  •  Bachelor's degree (required) 
  •  Proficient computer skills (Excel skills and SPSS/statistical software knowledge are required and Python/R are preferred) 
  •  Prior animal handling experience and basic bench work proficiency are also required 
  •  High motivation, commitment, and superb organizational skills are a must, as the position requires simultaneously overseeing several aspects of projects. 
  • Preference will be given to those with prior related research experiences and/or an interest in future research. 

This position includes the opportunity to pursue a variety of research opportunities that can result in authorship on academic publications.

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