An NIH/NIDA-funded postdoctoral position in neurophysiology of reward is available in the laboratory of Pavel Ortinski at the University of South Carolina (USC) School of Medicine in Columbia. Our broad goal is to identify neuronal signatures of behavioral plasticity in drug addiction. We are currently focused on the active role of astroglia as modulators of synaptic and local circuit responses to cocaine self-administration in rats. To examine this, we use single-cell slice electrophysiology and Ca2+ imaging tools in combination with behavioral analyses (PMID: 29114105; 23719812; 22492030; 22414814; 20418874). Additional techniques involve molecular and genomic approaches in close collaboration with the laboratory of Jill Turner (PMID: 27729240, 27848935, 23999525).
Ph.D. in neuroscience or related field
At least one first-author paper in an international peer-reviewed journal
Strong laboratory, analytical, and communication skills
Fluency in English
Experience with computational approaches, knowledge of Matlab or computer programming is a significant plus
The ideal candidate will be an energetic, highly motivated individual with an ability to take initiative in shaping an independent research program and willingness to mentor junior lab members. Candidates with a genuine interest in neuronal networks and neuroglial interactions are highly encouraged to apply.
The USC in Columbia hosts a multi-disciplinary community of neuroscience researchers (https://uscneuroscience.weebly.com) with access to state-of-the-art facilities and a supportive, collegial environment for career and professional development. Columbia area offers multiple cultural, dining, and entertainment options to suit diverse life-style choices.
To apply, please submit a single PDF file with CV/biosketch, a brief statement of career goals, and names of three references to email@example.com.
Additional Salary Information: commensurate with experience as per NIH guidance: NOT-OD-16-131
About University of South Carolina School of Medicine
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