The laboratory of Dr. J. David Jentsch at the State University of New York - Binghamton University is seeking a Research Scientist (equivalent of Research Assistant Professor) to join an NIH-funded program that will utilize a large panel of inbred mouse strains to discover novel genetic variants associated with quantitative and qualitative variation in cocaine-induced dysregulation of the transcriptome in brain regions implicated in reward and impulse control. An outstanding collaborative environment (including Desmond Smith and Eleazar Eskin at UCLA) provide the genomic expertise to evaluate the transcriptional basis of cocaine self-administration-induced neuroadaptations.
This position will play a key role in this actively funded effort, ensuring the collection of high quality phenotypes and tissue resources in mice, as well as to facilitate the cross-laboratory collaborations involving RNAseq in mouse models of cocaine self-administration.
The Jentsch lab is located in the Department of Psychology at Binghamton University, home of the NIAAA-funded Developmental Exposure to Alcohol Research Center and the NIAAA=funded Training Program in Development and Neuroadaptations in Alcohol and Addictions. A tremendously rich and supportive environment for addictions neuroscience is present in our modern research building, ensuring the success of the applicant and program of research. Our lab is also tightly connected with the NIDA-funded Center for Systems Neurogenetics of Addictions at the Jackson Laboratory, which supports aspect of our program of work.
Conduct sterile jugular catheter implantation (surgical) procedures, as well as manage post-surgical care and associated record keeping: 40%
Conduct and supervise operant behavioral testing for mice: 20%
Supervision of project staff, including career staff or undergraduate and graduate students: 15%
Conduct brain tissue dissections, catalog collected samples and coordinate shipment to collaborator sites: 10%
Database, analyze and summarize acquired data for project PI: 7.5%
Manage procurement of needed laboratory supplies, reagents and animals: 5%
Maintain regular communication (email, phone, SKYPE) with project collaborators at other sites: 2.5%
Other related duties as assigned
Required educational background:
Ph.D. in neuroscience, experimental psychology, behavior genetics, pharmacology or a related discipline
At least 3 years of post-doctoral experience in a neuroscience or behavior genetics research environment
Required scientific experience:
At least 2 years of research experience with behavioral research protocols in mouse models
At least 2 years of experience with survival surgical techniques
Familiarity with rodent neuroanatomy
Familiarity with basic molecular (nucleic acid research) techniques
Other required factors:
A track record of publishing first-authored empirical research articles in peer-reviewed journals
Familiarity with database management and rigorous use of statistical analysis packages (R, SPSS, etc.)
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