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Postdoctoral Position, Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience, Washington State University School of Veterinary Medicine, Pullman, WA

A position is available for a highly motivated postdoctoral researcher in my laboratory at the Department of Integrative Physiology and Neuroscience, at the Washington State University School of Veterinary Medicine, in Pullman WA. Ongoing NIH-funded projects explore the neural mechanism of drug context-induced cocaine-seeking behavior, drug context-induced impulsive decision-making, and drug-related contextual memory reconsolidation. These studies utilize sophisticated behavioral and molecular assays in combination with pharmacological, pharmacogenetic, and optogenetic manipulations. All research is conducted in a highly collaborative research environment, within the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Program (, at the state-of-the-art Veterinary and Biomedical Research Building ( in Pullman. Pullman is located in the heart of the scenic Palouse region, in Washington State.Requirements: Candidates must have a Ph.D. degree and strong experience in Neuroscience, Cell Biology, or another relevant discipline. Expertise in molecular biology, pharmacology, confocal microscopy, or rodent self-administration behavior is preferred but is not necessary. Successful candidates must have excellent communication skills, a strong publication record, and interest and eligibility in NIH-funded career-development opportunities. Furthermore, the ideal candidate should be independent, creative, hard-working, and genuinely excited about research conducted in the laboratory.Interested applicants should send their curriculum vitae, contact information for three professional references, and a statement of interest to Rita Fuchs ( The review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. EO/AAE

POSTED: 8/12/14


Postdoctoral and PreDoctoral Positions, Department of Epidemiology, University of Florida, Gainesville, FL

The Department of Epidemiology at the University of Florida (UF) announces a NIDA Substance Abuse Training Center in Public Health. The T32 training program, directed by Linda B. Cottler, will support 4 Pre Docs and 2 Post Docs each year. The justification for the T32 is: a) increased health disparities related to the harmful consequences of drug use; b) a significant shortage of scientists in the drug abuse field; c) our strong academic and research environment at UF which is ripe for producing public health oriented scientists and clinicians; d) the underrepresentation of NIDA and other NIH T32 training programs in the Southeast region of the US; e) a strong and enthusiastic group of mentors who have an excellent track record to train nationally and internationally prominent substance abuse researchers; and f) the commitment of the State and UF’s President to be a top ten public university, which brings additional resources for research. The core innovative aspect of this new public health oriented T32 is the focus on the epidemiology and prevention of substance use and its consequences and co-morbidities, with a focus on social determinants of health and health inequalities, and the development of behavioral interventions to reduce substance use and its harmful consequences. The training program is crafted with a clear application to practice and public health both domestically and internationally. The program will: i. train talented individuals to independently work from the individual level (behavioral interventions) to the population level (exposure and consequences of addiction) to eliminate health inequalities related to substance use and its consequences; ii. provide trainees with an apprenticeship style education to master skills to critically evaluate data, conduct multiple aspects of addiction research and become successful, and independent investigators who contribute to the field; iii. train individuals to understand, apply and maintain the highest ethical standards in their science and scholarship as socially responsible investigators. The program is co-directed by Sara Jo Nixon, Department of Psychiatry, College of Medicine, UF. To apply, visit our website to download the application form ( or contact Tamara Millay at

POSTED: 7/25/14


Postdoctoral Position, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS

A post-doc position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Xiu Liu at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), Jackson, Mississippi.The research uses rodent models to study the behavioral, pharmacological, and neurobiological mechanisms of nicotine-taking/seeking behavior. UMMC provides a vibrant environment for substance abuse research that has evolved rapidly over the past a few years with many new but eminent faculty members. Faculty research interests range from behavioral neuroscience to molecular and genetic mechanisms, and to human studies. The Center for Psychiatric Neuroscience provides core services in animal behavior, imaging, genetics, and postmortem human brain analysis. Together with several seminar series and opportunity of teaching graduates in the Program in Neuroscience, we provide a rich training environment for post-doc researchers.Applicants should have a MD or PhD with basic training in behavior, pharmacology, or/and neuroscience fields.

Applicants are expected to have a strong interest in using multidisciplinary research approaches and to be highly motivated to work as part of a team and independently. Desired qualifications include experience in rodent behavioral research, especially self-administration studies. Interested applicants should submit a CV, a brief introduction of research interest, and names and contact information of three references to: Xiu Liu, MD, PhD, Associate Professor, Division of Neurobiology and Behavior Research, Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS 39216. Phone: (601) 984-2875; Fax: (601) 984-5899; Email:

UMMC is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer and actively solicits applications from women and minorities.

POSTED: 7/11/14


Postdoctoral Position in Addiction and Psychopharmacology Research, University of Mississippi Medical Center, Jackson, MS

A postdoctoral researcher position is available in the laboratory of Dr. James K. Rowlett at the University of Mississippi Medical Center (UMMC), Jackson, Mississippi. Our research focuses on the behavioral and pharmacological basis of drug addiction and discovery/development of treatment medications. Our approach is to use behavioral, pharmacological, and cellular/molecular methods to study sedative/anxiolytic and stimulant pharmacology in relevant non-human primate and rodent models.The laboratories are located in newly renovated space at UMMC, in the Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior. UMMC provides a vibrant environment for substance abuse research, with faculty interests ranging from genetic/molecular mechanisms to behavioral pharmacology to co-morbidity in human populations. Psychiatry is home to the Center for Psychiatric Neuroscience, which provides Core services in imaging, genetics, postmortem human tissue analysis, and animal behavior.Applicants should have a background in neuroscience, psychology, or related fields with strong interests in multidisciplinary and translational research. The trainee is expected to be highly motivated with excellent communication skills and a strong work ethic. Experience with non-human primate research is not required.Interested applicants should submit a CV, a brief summary of research/training goals, and names of three references to:James K. Rowlett, Ph.D.
Department of Psychiatry and Human Behavior
Guyton Laboratory Research Building (G-126)
University of Mississippi Medical Center
2500 North State Street
Jackson, MS 39216-4505
Phone: 601 984 4488
Fax: 601 984 5899

POSTED: 7/10/14


Quantitive Postdoctoral Position (Substance Abuse, Epidemiology, Clinical Trials), Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine, Durham, NC

POSITION ENTAILS: analyzing longitudinal datasets, conducting literature reviews, preparing reports, and writing manuscripts.REQUIREMENTS:i. Longitudinal data analysis skills (survey, observational, or clinical trial datasets).ii. A doctoral degree in quantitative research methods, epidemiology, demography, psychology, public health, or a related discipline.iii. An interest in substance use research (tobacco, alcohol, other drugs)iv. Excellent writing skills.

Interested applicants should email a letter of interest, curriculum vitae, and the names of three references to: Li-Tzy Wu, ScD, Professor, Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, Duke University School of Medicine;

POSTED: 7/9/14


Postdoctoral Fellow, Position in NIH/NIDA T32 Translational Addiction Research Fellowship, Department of Psychiatry, University of Pennsylvania, Philadelphia, PA


We are seeking a Post-Doctoral Fellow with strong technical skills in neuroimaging, and a potential interest in the clinical neuroscience of addiction, for a position in our NIH/NIDA T32 Translational Addiction Research Fellowship within the Department of Psychiatry at the University of Pennsylvania Perelman School of Medicine in Philadelphia. The selected candidate will become a member of our inter- disciplinary clinical neuroimaging laboratory with ongoing, funded projects in cocaine, marijuana, nicotine and opiate addiction. The T32 Fellowship position is funded up to three years, and could develop into a long- term position within the laboratory and the University.

Our laboratory is especially focused on understanding brain vulnerabilities that may underlie the difficult clinical problem of relapse, with the goal of improving addiction treatment. Within this general domain – we are pursuing several vulnerabilities (e.g., heightened response of motivational/reward circuit response to drug cues; poor frontal modulation of the limbic response to appetitive and aversive/stress cues; poor inhibition, impaired decision-making, etc.), using these brain measures both as predictors of relapse, and as brain targets for medication/medication discovery. Recently, we have begun to combine brain imaging and hypothesis-driven genetics with the goal of understanding the heterogeneity in relapse, and in medication response, for our clinical populations. Though our primary tool is MRI (BOLD, ASL, and structural), we also have ongoing neuroligand imaging. We push our neuroimaging tools toward novel applications, including recent characterization of the brain response to ultra-brief, subliminal cues for reward, and the development of real-time fMRI feedback for improved cognitive control. All of the described projects have significant existing datasets, offering a technically-skilled post-doc a stream of immediate publication opportunities.

Our addictions research group is part of an extensive network of neuroimaging efforts across several research Centers and schools at Penn (Perelman School of Medicine, School of Arts and Sciences, Annenberg School of Communications, Wharton School of Business), and the adjacent Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia. The imaging resources include multiple MR scanners, as well as capabilities for MRS, MEG, PET, and soon-to-come, concurrent MRI-PET scanning. Our custom, web-based neuroinformatics software, WISDM, enables rapid sharing and display of raw data and imaging results, facilitating collaborations within and beyond our lab. (More…pdf)

POSTED: 6/24/14


Postdoctoral Position, Committee on the Neurobiology of Addictive Disorders, Scripps Research Institute, La Jolla, CA

A postdoctoral position is available immediately in the Committee on the Neurobiology of Addictive Disorders at The Scripps Research Institute to investigate the influence of drugs of abuse on brain, behavior and physiology. Current projects in the laboratory focus on psychomotor stimulants, cannabis, alcohol and prescription opioids. Priority for this position will be for individuals seeking to work on vaccination against the effects of methamphetamine, determination of abuse liability and lasting toxicity associated with novel cathinone stimulants or intrapulmonary (“vape”) models of drug self-administration. The trainee will benefit from a vibrant research environment which houses the laboratories of multiple investigators focused on topics related to substance abuse.Applicants should have a recent doctoral degree in neuroscience, behavioral pharmacology, experimental psychology or related field and a strong interest in substance abuse research. An ability to think critically and creatively, along with strong writing and communication skills is essential. Previous experience with in vivo rodent models is preferred, but not essential. Applications for this NIH funded position will be accepted until the position is filled. The Scripps Research Institute is an equal opportunity employer and individuals underrepresented in the field are especially encouraged to apply. Interested candidates should send a brief letter of research and career interest, curriculum vitae and the names and addresses of three references to:Michael A. Taffe, Ph.D.; CNAD, SP30-2400; The Scripps Research Institute; 10550 North Torrey Pines Road; La Jolla CA 92037, USA. Email: Fax: 858.784.7405.

POSTED: 6/24/14