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Post Doctoral Scholar

Lexington, KY 40507
Job Title Post Doctoral Scholar
Requisition Number DU07602
Department Name 7H100:Department of Neuroscience
Work Location Lexington, KY
Salary Range $47,484-$48,216 annually, depending on experience
Type of Position Student
Position Time Status Full-Time
Required Education

PhD, MD or equivalent

Required Related Experience

0-3 years

Required License/Registration/Certification


Physical Requirements

Sitting for long periods of time


Monday-Friday 8a-5p,
Some weekends required

Job Summary

Ortinski lab focuses on neurophysiology of substance use disorders at single cell and cell network levels. Among the heavily utilized approaches are slice electrophysiology, Ca2+ imaging, and operant conditioning in the rat. The position is for one of three projects: 1) astroglial signaling and neural response to cocaine; 2) reward seeking and intrinsic conductances in the nucleus accumbens; 3) neurophysiology of behavioral escalation of fentanyl seeking.

Skills / Knowledge / Abilities

- Ph.D. in neuroscience or related field
- First/corresponding author publications in international peer-reviewed journals
- Strong laboratory, analytical, and writing skills
- English fluency
- Ph.D. in neuroscience or related field
- First/corresponding author publications in international peer-reviewed journals
- Strong laboratory, analytical, and writing skills
- English fluency
- Knowledge of Matlab or other programming environments is a plus
The ideal candidate will be a creative, energetic, self-motivated individual who shows evidence of initiative in pursuing independent research, detail-oriented attitude, and willingness to mentor junior lab members. Preference will be given to candidates with experience in rodent surgeries, patch-clamping, in-vivo Ca2+ imaging, and optogenetics. Other candidates with a genuine interest in neuroglial interactions, neuronal networks and neural bases of behavior are encouraged to apply.

Does this position have supervisory responsibilities? No
Preferred Education/Experience


Deadline to Apply 04/30/2021
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Posted: 2021-04-02 Expires: 2021-05-02

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