Postdoctoral Associate

Virginia Commonwealth University
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Post Date: May 13, 2017
Job Type: Full time
Degree Requirement: Doctoral Level
Years Experience: Entry Level
Location: US - Virginia - Richmond
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A postdoctoral position is available immediately for a neurophysiologist at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Medicine in the laboratories of Kurt F. Hauser and A. Rory McQuiston. The candidate will study fundamental mechanisms underlying glial dysfunction and synaptodendritic injury in the striatum and hippocampus following drug and HIV exposure.

The candidate will have the opportunity to integrate basic cellular and molecular approaches aimed at elucidating how opiate abuse exacerbates glial dysfunction and synaptodendritic injury in neuro-acquired immunodeficiency syndrome (neuroAIDS). The candidate will join a team that utilizes multi-disciplinary cell signaling, pharmacological, immunological, neurophysiological (including optogenetics), and behavioral strategies to explore opiate-HIV interactions in murine (in vitro and in vivo) and human (in vitro) models. State of the art imaging facilities, which include structured illumination and multiphoton microscopy are available. A PhD and/or MD and experience in neurophysiology and/or optical physiology (genetically-encoded voltage and calcium indicators) are essential. The candidate will be provided with significant training in those disciplines with which he/she is less familiar, as well as significant mentoring to facilitate transition to an independent research career.

Interested individuals are encouraged to forward a curriculum vitae, a list of three references, and a statement of research interests and career goals to Dr. Kurt F. Hauser, Professor, Department of Pharmacology & Toxicology, Institute for Drug & Alcohol Studies, VCU School of Medicine, Medical College of Virginia Campus, Kontos Medical Science Building, 1217 E. Marshall St., Richmond, VA 23298 (email: