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Date: July 8, 2022
Postion: Chemical Sesnse PostDoc – Florida State Universiy

Two NIH-funded postdoctoral positions are available immediately for research and training in chemosensory-related areas.

Up to 2 years of support are available from the Florida State University Chemosensory Training Program (CTP), funded from an institutional T32 NRSA training grant from the NIDCD. There are openings in the laboratories of Alan Spector, Wen Li, Lisa Eckel, Roberto Vincis, Liz Hammock, Doug Storace, or Debra Fadool for a highly-motivated and self-driven individual who wishes to work towards an independent career in chemosensory or chemosensory-related research. We seek individuals who desire interaction across a group of experts in the chemosensory field to accentuate their postdoctoral traineeship and who can contribute creatively to enhance or extend the research program of one of the laboratories in the CTP group while building their expertise and reputation as a bridge to an independent- investigator career. Value-added professional development and research collaborations across CTP laboratories and their graduate-and undergraduate students are therefore highly encouraged. Successful candidates must be a US Citizen or US permanent resident with a recent Ph.D. degree and should have substantive research experience as evidenced by a strong publication record including first author publication. We currently have two postdoctoral training opportunities available: One is a special opportunity supported by the VP for Research Office to enhance diversity of our trainees into academic positions and a second opportunity is for an open trainee. Both would be members of our training grant program and mentored by our faculty preceptor community.

Postdoctoral Trainer expertise ranges from exploration of gustatory and olfactory central coding, taste psychophysics, regulation of ingestive behavior, neuromodulation of ion channels, disruption of olfactory sensory signaling and circuitry attributed to diabetes and obesity, anxiety/threat, or gustatory physiology, olfactory bulb synaptic physiology, and TAAR signaling.

The CTP faculty research at molecular, physiological and behavioral levels is described in individual faculty pages on the FSU Program in Neuroscience Website; The 30-year history of the CTP Training Grant Program and a Flyer explaining the current opportunity are found on the FSU Office of Postdoctoral Affairs (OPDA) Website:

Primary responsibilities will include designing and implementing research studies, collecting and analyzing data, preparing research results for publication, presenting at national and international meetings.

We are particularly interested in candidates with strong backgrounds in modern techniques, whether molecular, physiological or behavioral and would favor those with complementary expertise in multiple areas. Florida State University is committed to a rewarding environment for postdoctoral scholars and to providing opportunities for professional advancement and career preparation. Professional Development and University-wide Opportunities for postdoc engagement are found on the FSU OPDA Website:

Current research focus of our training laboratories is to investigate the impact of metabolic disorders (obesity/diabetes) or anxiety/threat on chemosensory function, behavior, and physiology and uses a combinatorial, multidisciplinary approach. We are seeking creative, self-motivated individuals who have strong experimental experiences and the drive to pursue challenging, rigorous studies in the chemical senses. Experimental approaches employed in these laboratories include slice electrophysiology, in vivo awake recording, dynamic clamp, use of optical probes and calcium imaging, whole-nerve recording, optogentic and chemogenetic recording, fMRI, EEG/MEG, behavioral phenotyping, ion channel structure/function studies, protein-protein interactions, whole-animal metabolic phenotyping, tissue culture, psychophysical studies of sensory-mediated behaviors, confocal microscopy, olfactometry, genetically-modified mouse models, transection and lesion analysis of central sensory structures, ingestive behavior phenotyping following gastric bypass surgery, and taste preference testing.

Postdoctoral Scholars select a mentor from our team of faculty trainers. Scholars participate in semester-long rotating series of reading / practicum group with the trainers, annual special lecture series in the chemical senses, conference travel presentation of their research, and professional development activities with the CTP trainers or FSU postdoctoral association. Scholars are expected to develop an IDP with their selected mentor, and are coached in grant writing exercises to apply for extramural awards and fellowships. Appointments are provided access to health insurance benefits, retirement option plans, seminole savings program, and an annual training-related expense budget dependent upon pre- or postdoctoral trainning level. Salary is commensurate with level of experience as set by NIH institutional training grant guidelines.

Applicants should submit (SINGLE PDF) a cover letter explicitly addressing the qualifications for this position; paragraph describing their long-term career goals; 1-2 page research statement (length excludes citations); detailed curriculum vitae; and the names, email, and addresses for three professional references to: Debra Ann Fadool, CTP Director. Example publication of best work can also be included.

Deadline: Applications will be prioritized for decision if received prior to August 15, 2022.

Questions? Please contact Dr. Debra Ann Fadool (

Date: June 14, 2022
Position: PhD Student or Post-Doctoral Fellow

An NIH-funded doctoral or post-doctoral position is available in the Lim lab of Sensory Science at Oregon State University. The candidate will work with a diverse group of doctoral and post-doctoral trainees as well as PIs investigating sensory and metabolic mechanisms underlying oral carbohydrate sensing in humans. The research group implements a multidisciplinary approach to 1) identify the structural requirements of oligosaccharides that elicit taste, and 2) investigate the nature and significance of the glucose-specific signaling pathway. Approaches will include chemical, psychophysical, and physiological studies. Requirements include a M.S. or Ph.D. degree in any of the following fields of study: Chemistry, Food Science, Neuroscience, Nutrition, and Psychology.

Starting date: TBD
Duration: 2-4 years
Salary: In accordance with NIH standards.

Contact for more information:
Juyun Lim

Date: April 27, 2022
Position: Principal Investigator in Endocrine, Metabolism and Obesity Research

Mayo Clinic | Rochester, Minnesota
Job ID #174554BR

The Division of Endocrinology, Diabetes, Metabolism & Nutrition at Mayo Clinic is seeking an exceptional principal investigator in the field of Endocrinology, Metabolism and Obesity.

The ideal candidate will be a scientist with established federal funding (or equivalent) and a research program focusing on mechanistic aspects of metabolic disease. We are seeking a candidate who has the ability to collaborate with existing members of the Endocrine Research Unit as well as with our numerous collaborators in gastroenterology, aging, surgery and cardiology. Such an investigator will strengthen the interactions amongst existing scientists at Mayo Clinic in Rochester who have interests in obesity, metabolism and appetite regulation to help develop a more robust program.

We envision that the combination of a new investigator and the current talent at Mayo Clinic will enhance our ability to discover novel processes/mediators that are relevant to metabolic and cardiovascular diseases.

We are seeking a scientist who will continue their research into basic mechanisms of obesity, metabolism and/or appetite regulation while developing collaborative relationships with investigators at Mayo Clinic. Our existing research groups that have obesity-related themes are interested in metabolic abnormalities and ingestive behavior from the perspectives of endocrine regulation, GI feedback, and nutritional therapeutics. We offer a highly competitive compensation package with sustained intramural funding, competitive start-up funding, dedicated laboratory facilities, capital equipment funding, technical and computational resources, and exceptional benefits.

Additional information:

Contact for more information:
Catherine Kotz

Date: April 25, 2022
Position: Post-Doctoral Fellow

University of Colorado | Anschutz Medical Campus
Colorado School of Public Health/Lifecourse Epidemiology of Adiposity and Diabetes (LEAD) Center
Postdoctoral Research Fellow
Position #00794908 – Requisition #25075
Additional information:

Contact for more information:
Allison Shapiro

Date: March 31, 2022
Position: PhD Student

Astrocytes: a cornerstone in the control of food intake and energy homeostasis by hypothalamic fatty acid sensing neurons

A PhD position is available at the Institute of Veterinary Physiology, Vetsuisse Faculty University of Zurich. The candidate will be part of a research group focusing on the mechanisms underlying the controls of food intake and body weight.

The focus of this PhD will be the understanding of the neuronal control of food intake by dietary fatty acids and how astrocytes can interfere with this mechanism. Dysfunction in the homeostatic control of food intake is a key contributor to the pathogenesis of obesity. The impaired ability of the brain to sense nutrient excess, in particular its ability to monitor and respond to alterations in fatty acid metabolism in individuals predisposed to becoming obese and in those already obese and diabetic is increasingly recognized as playing a role in the pathophysiology of these disorders. To further understand these mechanisms we will implement a multidisciplinary approach to 1) Determine how hypothalamic fatty acid uptake and fatty acid derived-ketone body production affect the control of eating, energy and glucose homeostasis. 2) Determine how high fat diet induced-hypothalamic glial activation and inflammation interferes with neuronal ketone body and fatty acid sensing in obese rats.

The experimental work of this PhD thesis will include behavioural, metabolic and imaging studies in rodents using state-of-the-art technology such as RNA sequencing, fiber photometry, electron microscopy, and the measure of neuronal activity in primary cell culture.

Starting date: TBD
Duration: 3-4 years
Salary: according to the guidelines of the Swiss National Science Foundation (CHF 47’540 per year)

Contact for more information:
Christelle Le Foll, PhD
Phone: +41 – 44 – 635 88 36

Date: March 29, 2022
Position: PhD Student

Amylin – centrally mediated actions on metabolism and memory

A PhD position is available at the Institute of Veterinary Physiology, Vetsuisse Faculty University of Zurich.

The massive rise in obesity rates is mainly due to changes in lifestyle, in particular increased caloric intake. To pursue important questions regarding amylin physiology and pathophysiology, we will continue our research project looking at the metabolic effects of amylin, and identify the exact and specific subtypes of neurons in various parts of the brain that are critically involved in amylin action. Further, we will investigate amylin action in respect to the control of glucose metabolism. The experimental work of this PhD thesis will combine in vivo approaches with analyses at the cellular and subcellular level to resolve the mechanisms mediating amylin's actions.

This project will use state-of-the-art technology such as single cell sequencing, fiber photometry, chemogenetics and brain imaging ex vivo (including brain clearing iDisco) and in vivo imaging studies in animal models.

Starting date: TBD
Duration: 3-4 years
Salary: according to the guidelines of the Swiss National Science Foundation (CHF 47’540 per year)

Contact for more information:
Prof. Thomas A. Lutz
Phone: +41 – 44 – 635 88 08