An NIH-funded postdoctoral research position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Linda Rinaman, Program in Neuroscience, Florida State University. The Rinaman Lab studies neural systems that orchestrate adaptive and maladaptive responses to emotional and physiological stress. These include brain-gut systems that control visceral functions and shape food intake and other motivated behaviors. We also study the effects of early life adversity on gene expression and synaptic connectivity within vagal and central circuits that shape emotional responses across the lifespan. Our multidisciplinary studies use wildtype and transgenic rodent models, Cre-conditional AAVs and neurotropic viruses, chemogenetics, multiplex fluorescent in situ hybridization (RNAscope), whole brain tissue-clearing with confocal and lightsheet microscopy, and an array of sophisticated analyses to assay feeding, avoidance, and other motivated behaviors.
We seek an intellectually curious and highly motivated scientist. Candidates should be near completion of their doctoral studies or have earned a PhD (within the last 5 years) in neuroscience or a closely related field. We are looking for someone with a strong record of excellence and productivity in research and a strong drive towards attaining independence. Women and under-represented minorities in academia are encouraged to apply. Competitive applicants will display two or more of the following skills and experiences: Rodent behavioral research Rodent stereotaxic surgery Brain tissue histology and immunocytochemistry Use of AAVs and/or neurotropic viral tracers Bench skills in molecular biology Fluorescent in situ hybridization (e.g., RNAscope) Epifluorescent and confocal microscopy Strong writing and oral communication skills.
If interested, please email the following to firstname.lastname@example.org: 1. CV; 2. Contact information for three references; 3. A cover letter outlining your prior experience, research interests, and goals for postdoctoral training.