Postdoctoral Associate for Neurobiology
Duke University for School of Medicine
United States

Req ID: 6191
Date: Aug 13, 2019
Location: Durham, NC, US, 27710
Personnel Area: MEDICAL CENTER

The Disney Lab at Duke University is looking for a postdoc interested in working on the extra-retinal control (i.e. neuromodulation) of visual processing. The specific goal of this project is to understand cholinergic and serotonergic gain control at thalamocortical synapses in the primary visual cortex of the macaque monkey. The work will involve multi-channel electrophysiology (laminar arrays) combined with pharmacology, neurochemistry (microdialysis with LC-MS/MS analysis) and psychophysics.

The successful candidate will gain experience in all of the above techniques and will be expected to collect and analyze data in a collaborative environment, prepare manuscripts for publication, and present data at conferences.

Applicants must hold a PhD in Neuroscience, Bioengineering, Psychology, or a closely-related discipline. The ability to work as part of a team is essential, as are strong quantitative and programming skills (e.g. R, Matlab, C++, Python). Prior experience working with non-human primates is preferred, but not required.

Interested applicants should send a CV with a cover letter, any relevant but unpublished manuscripts, and names and contact details for three referees to the Anita Disney: anita[dot]disney[at]duke[dot]edu

Min Degree Requirements: Ph.D. or equivalent doctorate (e.g. Sc.D., M.D., D.V.M.). Should be used for post-doctoral fellows if the candidate has completed all of the requirements for a degree, but the degree has not been formally conferred; the candidate may present evidence of completion of the degree requirements, together with a statement documenting the date on which the degree is to be conferred.
Other Credential/Experiential Requirements: The incumbent must be a true post-doctoral fellow registered with the Post Doc Office and per the following requirements:

The term of this appointment is limited (5 years with a possible extension for an additional year)
The appointment involves substantially full-time research or scholarship, which may include teaching responsibilities.
The appointment is viewed as preparatory for a full time academic or research career.
The appointment is not part of a clinical research training program, unless research training under the supervision of a senior mentor is a primary purpose of the appointment.
The appointee works under the supervision of a scholar or a department at Duke University.
The appointee has the freedom, and is expected to publish the results of his or her research or scholarship during the period of the appointment.

School of Medicine:

Established in 1930, Duke University School of Medicine is the youngest of the nation’s top medical schools. Ranked tenth among its peers, the School takes pride in being an inclusive community of outstanding learners, investigators, clinicians, and staff where traditional barriers are low, interdisciplinary collaboration is embraced, and great ideas accelerate translation of fundamental scientific discoveries to improve humanhealth locally and around the globe.

Comprised of 2,400 faculty physicians and researchers, the Duke University School of Medicine along with the Duke University School of Nursing and Duke University Health System create Duke Health. Duke Health is a world-class health care network. Founded in 1998 to provide efficient, responsive care, the health system offers a full network of health services and encompasses Duke University Hospital, Duke Regional Hospital, Duke Raleigh Hospital, Duke Primary Care, Private Diagnostic Clinic, Duke Home and Hospice, Duke Health and Wellness, and multiple affiliations.

Duke University is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer committed to providing employment opportunity without regard to an individual's age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

Duke aspires to create a community built on collaboration, innovation, creativity, and belonging. Our collective success depends on the robust exchange of ideas—an exchange that is best when the rich diversity of our perspectives, backgrounds, and experiences flourishes. To achieve this exchange, it is essential that all members of the community feel secure and welcome, that the contributions of all individuals are respected, and that all voices are heard. All members of our community have a responsibility to uphold these values.

Essential Physical Job Functions: Certain jobs at Duke University and Duke University Health System may include essential job functions that require specific physical and/or mental abilities. Additional information and provision for requests for reasonable accommodation will be provided by each hiring department.

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Nearest Secondary Market: Raleigh

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