Company: Texas A&M University
Posted on: October 13, 2019
- An NIH-funded postdoctoral position is immediately available to
investigate synaptic and circuit mechanisms of drug and alcohol
addiction. Research in the lab utilizes state-of-the-science
technologies, including in vivo dual-channel optogenetic (see our
recent paper , ) and chemogenetic (DREADDs, see
(16)32420-9/abstract) manipulation of striatal neuron activities,
fiber photometry, rabies-mediated brain-wide neuronal mapping, and
FosTRAP approaches in combination with behavioral procedures (e.g.,
operant alcohol self-administration) and slices electrophysiology.
We investigate medium spiny neurons and cholinergic interneurons in
the dorsomedial striatum of the basal gangalia, and how the
circuitry contribute to alcohol, cocaine, and morphine abuse. For
details, please visit: and -jwang188/.
- We are seeking a highly-motivated behavioral scientist. The
successful candidate will have trackable records on operant
self-administration, in vivo optogenetic stimulation, and/or in
vivo fiber photometry measurement. Ability to stereotaxically
infuse virus in rats and/or mice is required. Experience with
optogenetics, chemogenetics, FosTRAP, immunohistochemistry, or
confocal imaging is a big plus. The successful applicants are
expected to have a recent PhD degree in neuroscience, strong
communication skills and writing ability, a record of scientific
productivity, and a desire to work independently and cooperatively
with a team. The candidate will have opportunity to learn slice
- Applicants with solid electrophysiology background and strong
interest in using behavioral approaches are also welcome to apply.
The successful electrophysiological candidate will have proven
proficiency in slice electrophysiology and will study
circuit-specific alterations. Ability to measure glutamatergic
plasticity in acute slices using whole-cell patch-clamp recording
is desired. Ability to stereotaxically infuse virus in rats and/or
mice is required. Experience with optogenetics, chemogenetics, or
immunohistochemistry, confocal imaging is a big plus. The
successful applicants are expected to have a recent PhD degree in
neuroscience, strong communication skills and writing ability, a
record of scientific productivity, and a desire to work
independently and cooperatively with a team.
- The laboratory is equipped with Zeiss microscope/imaging
systems, Axon MultiClamp 700B amplifiers/data acquisition systems,
Sutter puller and motorized manipulators, Leica Vibratome,
Optogenetic light sources, KOPF stereotaxic infusion system,
Coulburn operant self-administration chambers, open field chambers,
a fiber photometry system, and many optogenetic light sources , and
PCR machine and workstation, Several common facilities are
available within the new building that contains
electrophysiological, molecular and behavioral labs.
- Interested candidates should send Curriculum Vitae and names of
three references to Dr. Jun Wang ().
- About the institution: The Texas A&M Health Science Center
is the only health science center in the Texas A&M University
system that contains 11 universities. The Bryan-College Station
campus of the Health Science Center are located in beautiful towns
that are in a short drive to three major Texas cites -- Houston
(1.5 hrs), Austin (2 hrs) and Dallas (
Keywords: Texas A&M University, Bryan , Postdoctoral Fellow, Other , Bryan, Texas
Didn't find what you're looking for? Search again!