The Lucas Lab in the Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences at North Carolina State University is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to join the team in Summer or Fall 2018. We conduct preclinical research in mouse models to understand the mechanisms underlying susceptibility to psychiatric illness. The successful candidate will lead a project investigating how early-life experiences alter brain function and shape the ability to cope with stressful or traumatic events later in life. Initially this project will focus on the causal relationship between puberty onset and inhibitory maturation in the basolateral amygdala, the emotional processing center of the brain, as well as how peri-puberty stress may affect this maturational process and lead to susceptibility versus resilience to fear-, anxiety- and depression-related behaviors later in life. This interdisciplinary project will incorporate several cutting-edge techniques, including optogenetics, chemogenetics, and cell-specific transcriptional profiling, with whole-cell slice electrophysiology and behavioral analysis. The successful candidate will have opportunities to collaborate with other labs in our growing interdepartmental and intercollegiate neuroscience community, as well as with other groups in the Research Triangle (Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences, and local industry). In addition to training in experimental methodology, trainees will receive comprehensive professional development in scientific publication and communication, grant writing, and laboratory management. Ultimately, the primary goal of this position is to facilitate transition of the fellow to an independent scientific career. The initial appointment will be for 1 year with the opportunity for reappointment.
Interested candidates should submit their current CV, names and contact information for 3 references, a one-page statement of interest, and a writing sample at http://jobs.ncsu.edu/postings/99282. Questions can be directed to Dr. Lucas at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Applicants for this position should have a recent doctoral degree in neuroscience or a related field. Expertise (or a strong desire to gain expertise) in whole-cell slice electrophysiology is required.