Postdoctoral position available at the University of Alabama, Birmingham School of Medicine

Job Title: Postdoctoral Fellow

Location: Birmingham, Alabama, US

Closing Date: February 2023

Job Description

The Beas Lab at the University of Alabama, Birmingham School of Medicine has an opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow.

The mission of the Beas Lab centers on elucidating the neuronal processes that guide motivation. Motivation is an adaptive process that helps individuals overcome obstacles to obtain essential needs and hence, ensure survival. Furthermore, motivation is composed of multiple and interconnected components and cognitive abilities. Particularly, the lab is interested in understanding the different components that make up motivational drive and the circuits mechanisms that contribute to each of these components. We seek to address these questions by combining behaviour, use of transgenic mice, viral tools, calcium imaging, pharmacology, optogenetics and electrophysiology.

Please visit Beas Lab for more lab-specific information.

The Candidate

Qualified applicants should be:

  • Motivated individuals with a Ph.D. in Psychology, Neuroscience, or related fields.
  • Interested in neurobiology and psychiatric diseases.
  • Interested and willing to work with rodent (mouse) models.

Prior experience with behavioural assessments using rodent models and/or in vitro electrophysiology is preferred.

Department of Neurobiology and UAB

The lab is part of the Department of Neurobiology at UAB. UAB is a research-intensive university and has been ranked in the top 10 among public universities for NIH funding. The department has strengths in the molecular mechanisms of neuronal function, synaptic communication and plasticity, and animal models of disease.

UAB is strongly committed to neuroscience research. There is a broad and collegial environment for neuroscience research which is facilitated by the UAB Comprehensive Neuroscience Center, a network of over 200 basic, translational and clinical faculty from 23 departments. UAB pursues the frontiers of education, research and health care and strives to be one of the most dynamic and productive universities of the 21st century. Times Higher Education has ranked UAB the No. 1 young U.S. university for the past two years, and a record 21,923 students were enrolled at UAB in Fall 2018.

UAB has a strong commitment to promoting and enhancing diversity in research. As such, UAB won 4th place for best employers for diversity in Forbes in 2021.

For post-docs of underrepresented backgrounds, there are opportunities to participate in the IRACDA-MERIT Program at UAB. This program provides underrepresented Postdoctoral Scholars with outstanding research and teaching experiences. It includes 4 years of concurrent research training and teaching instruction. For more info, click here.

How to Apply

If you would like to apply for this position, please send a cover letter and CV to Dr. Sofia Beas - [email protected].

Please mention that you saw this vacancy on Scientifica's website when applying.

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