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Postdoctoral Associate CY

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Work type: Research Faculty
Senior management: College of Science
Department: School of Neuroscience
Location: Blacksburg Area
Categories: Research / Scientific

Job Description

The laboratory of Dr. Matt Howe in the Virginia Tech School of Neuroscience is currently accepting applications for a Postdoctoral Associate opening. Research in the Howe lab uses a combination of technologies to measure and control neural activity, chemical neurotransmission, along with complex behavioral assays to determine how different neural systems control cognitive functions like attention and motivation for different kinds of rewards. Our overarching goal is to determine how these systems are disrupted in neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative disorders and identify new targets for the treatment of their symptoms. Further information on research in the Howe lab can be found here:

Postdoctoral scholars in the lab will be expected to work within the general research themes in the lab, although new ideas are always welcome! We will work together to assemble a career development and research plan suited to your background and goals. You will also be encouraged to apply for your own external funding with the full support of the PI. The successful candidate will be expected to work independently, as well as assist in the training of undergraduate and graduate students.

Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Behavioral Neuroscience, Experimental Psychology, Biomedical Engineering or a related field. Individuals with a background in computer science or computational neuroscience are also encouraged to apply.

Applications must be submitted online at (POSTING #511380) and should include a cover letter describing research interests, skills and accomplishments, resume, and at least three references. Compensation will be based on previous experience. Review of applications is ongoing and will continue until the position is filled.

Required Qualifications

• Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Experimental Psychology, Biomedical Engineering, Computational
   Neuroscience or related field;
• Extensive experience with in-vivo rodent neurophysiology, neurochemistry, or calcium
• Experience with behavioral pharmacology;
• Extensive training in rodent behavioral assessment and analysis;
• Strong background in experimental design and statistics;
• Background in rodent handling and husbandry;
• Ability to work independently;
• Strong communication skills.

Preferred Qualifications

• Experience with MATLAB;
• Experience with advanced data analysis techniques, e.g. signal processing, cluster
   analysis, machine learning;
• Experience with IHC;
• Demonstrated success in manuscript composition;
• Ability to build and maintain calcium imaging and neurophysiology rigs.

Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

Review Date

Review of applications is ongoing and will continue until the position is filled.

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

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