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In Vivo Electrophysiology in Rodent Models of Psychiatric Disease

National Institute for Neurological Disorders and Stroke, Bethesda, MD and surrounding area

Position Description:
Dr. Joshua A. Gordon, Director of the National Institute of Mental Health, is seeking talented, dedicated, and enthusiastic postdoctoral fellows with in vivo electrophysiology experience to join his laboratory within the Integrative Neuroscience Section (INS) in the National Institute of Neurological Disorders and Stroke (NINDS). Under the direction of lead scientist, Dr. David A. Kupferschmidt, the INS focuses on probing the neural circuit basis of normal working memory and its dysfunction in animal models of genetic susceptibility to schizophrenia and other psychiatric disorders. The INS team uses in vivo electrophysiology, opto- and chemogenetics, viral tracing, and other modern neuroscience tools to further understanding of the neural communication and computation within and between brain regions, such as the prefrontal cortex, hippocampus, thalamus, and amygdala, that subserve normal and disordered cognition.

The INS is part of a broader interdisciplinary team of world-class scientists within NINDS, and a neuroscience community spanning several NIH institutes conducting basic, translational, and clinical research. Postdoctoral fellows at the NIH also have free access to comprehensive career, professional, and personal development courses/activities provided through the nationally recognized Office of Intramural Training and Education. Stipend value of the fellowship will be commensurate with the candidate's training and experience according to NIH guidelines.

Applicants must have an M.D. and/or Ph.D. in a neuroscience-related discipline, and less than five years of postdoctoral research experience at the official start date of the INS position. Applicants also must have training in in vivo electrophysiology and/or circuit manipulation technologies. Applicants with additional expertise in behavioral experimentation and analysis, programming, and other forms of in vivo physiology (e.g., imaging) are particularly encouraged to apply. Strong interpersonal, communication, and critical thinking skills, as well as a dedication to teamwork and collaboration are qualities sought in any new addition to the INS.

To Apply:
For consideration, interested candidates should e-mail their curriculum vitae, a statement of research interests, two sample publications/manuscripts, and three reference letters to Dr. David Kupferschmidt ( Application review will be ongoing until positions are filled.

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