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Work type: Faculty/Academic Staff
Major Administrative Unit / College: College Of Social Science
Department: Psychology Social Science 10038698
Salary: Salary Commensurate with Experience
Location: East Lansing
Categories: Full Time (90-100%), Fixed Term Academic Staff, Research/Scientific

Position Summary

The Veenema laboratory in MSU’s Neuroscience Program and Department of Psychology is seeking a full-time research associate (postdoctoral position) for one year, with the likelihood of a longer appointment based on performance. The research associate will be responsible for conducting experiments, data analysis, data presentations, writing of scientific articles, writing of grant proposals.  The laboratory investigates the neural mechanisms underlying the regulation of social behavior in laboratory rodents and is funded by grants from the National Institute for Mental Health and the National Science Foundation. The postdoc responsibilities include the study of the neural circuits underlying juvenile social behaviors in rats and how these circuits differ in males and females with a focus on sex-specific effects mediated by the neuropeptide vasopressin.

Specific responsibilities will include:

  1. designing behavioral and neurobiological experiments with rodents
  2. conducting surgical procedures in laboratory rodents
  3. analysis of rodent behavior
  4. brain and other animal tissue extraction
  5. immunohistological and molecular biology procedures
  6. data analysis
  7. help with the training of undergraduate students in laboratory procedures
  8. writing manuscripts
  9. presenting data at conferences and lab meetings
  10. writing grant proposals.  

The position will begin January 1, 2018 and will include a competitive salary (commensurate with experience, according to NIH guidelines) and benefits.

Required Degree

Doctorate -Psychology

Minimum Requirements

  • Knowledge equivalent to that which normally would be acquired by completing a PhD degree program in neuroscience or a related field;
  • Experience with neuroscience-related techniques and methods such as laboratory animal handling and husbandry, surgical procedures on rodents, obtaining brain or other tissues from laboratory rodents, immunohistochemistry, microscopy, behavioral analysis;
  • Experience with computer software-based statistical analysis of data;
  • Experience with the use of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint software.

Desired Qualifications

  • Excellent interpersonal and laboratory management skills;
  • Strong verbal communication skills;
  • Ability to work in a team as well as independently.

Required Application Materials

CV, Resume and Cover Letter

Special Instructions

Please apply online, position is open until filled and review of applications will begin on November 22, 2017 and continue until filled.

Summary of Health Risks

Analysis of rodent behavior, brain and other animal tissue extraction, immunohistological and molecular biology procedures


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