Post Doctoral Research Associate - Fenelon Lab

Job Summary
Appointee will be involved in a translational line of research focused on neural pre-attentive mechanisms and the transfer of this knowledge into animal models of psychiatric and neurological diseases. The appointee is expected to develop a research program to study neuronal activity using immunohistochemistry, electrophysiology and Optogenetics in vivo and in vitro, using mice.

The appointee must be proficient in mouse surgeries, prepare solution for electrophysiological recordings, must have neuroscience knowledge including but not limited to electrophysiology, synaptic plasticity, neuroanatomical analyses, mouse behavioral studies. The appointee is expected to establish some independence in research design and execution. This person will play a lead role in the execution and publication of their experiments, and will work closely with the PI on all aspects of the project. The trainee is expected be able to simultaneously acquire data and train graduate students.

Essential Functions
Learn and/or perform stereotaxic surgeries and intracranial neuronal tracer delivery.

Perform patch clamp electrophysiology in vitro using mouse brain slices (Whole cell recordings in current clamp and voltage clamp mode; Outside-out patch clamp; Paired patch clamp).

Perform in vitro extracellular recordings using mouse brain slices.

Establish cell culture techniques: Primary neuronal culture preparation (various brain regions from prenatal and adult mice).

Proficient with microscopy techniques: Standard and confocal multiphoton immunofluorescence microscopy.

Design and use cellular, biochemical and functional assays, including: Western blotting; intracellular Ca2+ fluorometry; nitric oxide synthase activity.

Proficient with computer software for data acquisition and analysis such as: Molecular Devices PClamp 10 or 11; Igor Pro; Graphpad Prism; Adobe; Photoshop and ImageJ.

Other Functions
Work collaboratively and effectively to promote teamwork, diversity, equality and inclusiveness. In the performance of work, take initiative, be creative, and operate with self-direction. Work in partnership with colleagues within the CNS community and across the campus to support the Dean’s strategic priorities.

Perform other duties as assigned in support of the mission and goals of the College of Natural Sciences.

Minimum Qualifications (Knowledge, Skills, Abilities, Education, Experience, Certifications, Licensure)
Must have a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, physiology, psychology or a closely related field.

Previous experience with electrophysiology, optogenetics and/or animal behavior.

Interested in evaluating the contribution of different brain pathways to sensorimotor gating.

Experience with mentoring students and collaborative work with other groups.

Excellent written and oral communication skills.

Ability to work independently to organize multiple tasks and set priorities for action, take initiative, be creative, and operate with self-direction in a fast-paced office environment.

Excellent interpersonal skills and ability to interact effectively and work productively in establishing and maintaining harmonious working relationships with a diverse population of faculty, staff and students.

Ability to organize and prioritize goals; ability to collaborate well to formulate plans and objectives in accordance with overall college goals; ability to identify and implement process improvements.

Ability to manage multiple projects simultaneously and to set and meet deadlines while maintaining high standards of accuracy and quality.

Additional Details
Direct supervision by the P.I. (Karine Fenelon) and other highly trained/qualified senior graduate students.

Salary Information
Salary will commensurate with qualifications and experience and is consistent with bargaining unit contract.

Special Instructions to Applicants
To apply, please submit a cover letter, resume, a summary of research accomplishments and contact information for three professional references. Search may remain open until a suitable candidate pool has been identified.

As part of a commitment to their own multicultural community, CNS seeks an individual with a demonstrated commitment to diversity and one who will understand and embrace university initiatives and aspirations. http://www.cns.umass.edu/diversity-equity-inclusion.

Please apply at the following link: http://careers.umass.edu/amherst/en-us/job/497332/post-doctoral-research...

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