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Postdoctoral Associate position in the laboratory of Dr. Mike Bowers, Assistant Professor in the School of Neuroscience, to carry out full time research under his supervision. The research will investigate the role of Foxp2 functioning in the development of the neural circuits responsible for vocalization production and comprehension. A principal interest is how the cerebellum functions in neurodevelopmental disorders with communication deficits, such as stuttering.
Duties and Responsibilities:
- conducting experiments that support the Specific Aims of the PIs grant which involve ICV injections, performing animal behavioral testing and analysis, Western blots, qRT-PCR, as well as maintaining the lab cell lines.
- training students (both undergraduate and graduate students) to perform basic scientific techniques related to the lab research activities
- writing manuscripts for publication
Ph.D. in Neurobiology, Animals Science, Neuroscience, or related field. The candidate should be experienced in the use of animals in research (i.e., rats), specifically with the procedures involving animal behavioral testing. In addition, the candidate should have extensive knowledge of in vitro cell culturing techniques including primary neuronal cultures, immunohistochemistry, analysis of ultrasonic vocalization in rats, and rodent survival surgery.
The candidate should have research experience with Western blot, qRT-PCR, knowledge of the gene Foxp2 in the rat, as well as peer reviewed publications demonstrating this knowledge. The successful candidate should have demonstrated experience with the teaching and training of students.
Employee Category: Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Review Date: 02/27/2017