Dr. Damian Shin’s Laboratory in the Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics at Albany Medical College, Albany NY, is accepting applications for a NIH-funded postdoctoral fellowship position. The position ideally starts June 2020, but some flexibility is possible. The successful candidate will join an enthusiastic and productive team aimed at investigating a novel brain area for deep brain stimulation for epilepsy. The project will employ a rat model of spontaneous seizures with chronic video-electroencephalograms (EEGs), electrocardiogram and respiratory telemetry, in vivo electrophysiology and immunocytochemistry of post-mortem tissue. The study possesses strong translational research to validate an innovative neuromodulatory approach to potently control seizures in epilepsy.
Applications for the position should include a CV, contact information for three professional references and a cover letter describing major achievements, technical skills, career goals and how you see your research interests fitting within the scope of our research program.
The applicant will play an active role in the design, execution and outcome assessment of the research studies. The successful applicant will develop and conduct complex experiments related to the analysis of endpoint metrics related to electrographic seizures, heart rate and blood pressure and near super resolution microscopy. He/she will provide input into the development of procedures and research design and review results with lab members and mentor. He/she will also contribute to the preparation of grants to NIH and foundations under the supervision of Dr. Shin and will compile information for posters, abstracts, papers and reviews.
The position is funded by a recently awarded R56 at NIH salary levels, which will be discussed at time of interview. Notably, it is for one year with the possibility for multiple additional years dependent on funding availability.
Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Biomedical Sciences, Physiology or other related discipline(s). The person should also be highly motivated with a strong work ethic and able to work both independently and as part of a team. A passion for science, excellent communication (oral and written), organizational skills and a positive attitude are required. Surgical expertise (e.g., stereotaxic implants of recording/stimulating electrodes), behavior testing expertise and/or a background in epilepsy, seizures and electrophysiology is not required but would be beneficial. Successful candidates will possess a strong track record of publication in high quality journals in their field.