Postdoctoral Fellow Open Positions

Postdoctoral Position for Autonomic Neurophysiology

Overview/Job Description. The Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology in the Long School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health San Antonio is seeking highly motivated postdoctoral fellows to engage in ongoing studies to investigate the role of vagal motor output in health and disease of both cardiovascular function and glucose metabolism in the laboratory of Dr. Carie Boychuk. We have a highly interactive and dynamic research group that evaluates autonomic circuits in an integrative fashion by testing outcomes at the level of individual cell, cell network, and whole-animal physiology. We use a variety of techniques including electrophysiology (both single cell and vagal nerve recordings), fluorescent/laser/light microscopy, radio telemetry, molecular biology, and opto/chemogenetics.

Qualifications. Applicants should have a PhD and/or MD in neuroscience, physiology or related fields. Applicants who anticipate to defend their thesis in the near future are also encouraged to apply. We are seeking individuals with a demonstrated record of careful experimental methods, high-quality publications, excellent written and communication skills and an ability to design and perform research in an independent manner. Several NIH training programs are also available through the institution to qualified candidates. Experience in whole-cell patch clamp electrophysiology and whole animal neurophysiology is preferred but not required.

Salary is commensurate with experience and accomplishments starting at NIH pay scale. Additional information regarding our laboratory and scientific interests are at https://lsom.uthscsa.edu/physiology/team-member/carie-r-boychuk-ph-d/ and our Department within UT Health San Antonio at lsom.uthscsa.edu/physiology.

In the email application please include a cover letter that describes research experience and states career goals, CV with publications, and detailed contact information for 3 references to:

Carie R. Boychuk, Ph.D.
Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology
UT Health San Antonio 78229
Email: BOYCHUKC@uthscsa.edu

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The University of Texas Health San Antonio is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer including protected veterans and persons with disabilities

Postdoctoral Fellowship Neurotransmitter Transporters in Psychiatric Disorders and Addiction 

The Daws Laboratory in the Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology at the University of Texas Health Science Center at San Antonio (UTHSCSA) is seeking a highly motivated and creative Postdoctoral Fellow to conduct innovative NIDA- and NIMH-funded research on the role of monoamine transporters in substance use disorders, and the circuitry of emotional behavior. Current research is focused on:

  1. Investigating organic cation transporter 3 (OCT3) as a novel target for the treatment of psychostimulant disorders.
  2. Understanding the role of OCT3 and the serotonin transporter (SERT) in circuits driving fear conditioned behavior.

Through this fellowship, the selected candidate will gain expertise in a variety of techniques, including in vivo electrochemistry, optogenetics, shRNA knockdown, tamoxifen-inducible OCT3 and SERT knockdown, and behavioral techniques, including conditioned place preference, and fear conditioning. The selected candidate will be encouraged to develop an independent line of research. Additional structured opportunities for scientific and career development are provided by a NIDA-funded T32 training grant.

Eligibility: Candidates should have a recent doctoral degree in Neuroscience, Pharmacology, or a related discipline, and a strong interest in conducting drug abuse and/or mental health research. Prior experience with rodents is preferred.

To apply: Send a CV, a brief statement of research/training goals, and the names and contact information of three references to Lynette C. Daws, Ph.D. (daws@uthscsa.edu). Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled.BOYCHUK@uthscsa.edu

All Postdoctoral appointments are designated as security sensitive positions.
The University of Texas Health San Antonio is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer including protected veterans and persons with disabilities

Postdoctoral Opportunities in CNS Circuits and Metabolism Biology During Brain Repair

Overview. The Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology in the Long School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health San Antonio is seeking highly motivated postdoctoral fellows to engage in ongoing studies dedicated to the intersection between CNS circuits and metabolism biology during brain repair. Our current efforts test how metabolic co-morbidities of stroke impact long-term behavioral and cellular stroke recovery. This research uses the corticospinal motor system as model cellular pathway to better understand patterns of cellular disruption and adaptation after stroke. We seek to evaluate brain recovery in an integrative fashion by testing outcomes at the level of individual cell, cell network, and whole-animal physiology and behavior. The overall goal of these endeavors is to identify novel therapeutic targets and strategies that provide meaningful long-term behavioral improvement after brain insults including stroke.

Qualifications. Applicants should have a PhD and/or MD in neuroscience or related fields. Applicants who anticipate to defend their thesis in the near future are also encouraged to apply. We are seeking individuals with a demonstrated record of careful experimental methods, high-quality publications, excellent written and communication skills and an ability to design and perform research in an independent manner. Experience in whole-cell patch clamp electrophysiology, whole animal neurophysiology and behavioral tests is preferred but not required.

Employment Details. Salary is commensurate with experience and accomplishments; starting at NIH pay scale. Additional information regarding our laboratory and scientific interests are at https://lsom.uthscsa.edu/physiology/team-member/jeffery-boychuk-ph-d/ and our Department within UT Health San Antonio at lsom.uthscsa.edu/physiology.

In the email application please include a cover letter that describes research experience and states career goals, CV with publications, and detailed contact information for 3 references to:

Jeffery A Boychuk, Ph.D.
Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology
UT Health San Antonio 78229
Email: BOYCHUK@uthscsa.edu

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The University of Texas Health San Antonio is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer including protected veterans and persons with disabilities

Postdoctoral Positions:

The Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology in the Long School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health San Antonio is seeking highly motivated postdoctoral fellows to engage in NIH-funded ongoing studies related to endocannabinoid signaling in synaptic plasticity and learning and memory as well as in neurodegenerative diseases in Dr. Chen’s laboratory. Specifically, the current research projects in his laboratory are focusing on defining the
mechanisms of neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s disease (AD) and traumatic brain injury (TBI)-induced AD-like disease, and identifying novel therapeutic targets for these neurodegenerative diseases. Dr. Chen’s laboratory employs a variety of approaches, including molecular biology, epigenetics, electrophysiological recordings, fluorescent and laser imaging, LC-MS-MS mass spectrometry, and behavioral tests, to elucidate cellular, molecular, and epigenetic mechanisms underlying pathogenesis and neuropathology of AD and TBI-induced ADlike neuropathology. We have a highly interactive and dynamic research environment, and encourage collaborations with colleagues across disciplines. Applicants should have a PhD and/or MD in neuroscience or related fields. We are seeking applicants with experience in epigenetics, bioinformatics, molecular cloning, and in vivo Ca2+ imaging and optogenetics. We are particularly interested in applicants with research experience in studying neuron-glia and/or astrocyte-microglia interactions.

Salary is commensurate with experience and accomplishments. Additional information regarding Dr. Chen’s laboratory and scientific interests are at https://lsom.uthscsa.edu/physiology/teammember/chu-chen-ph-d/ and our Department and the UT Health San Antonio at https://lsom.uthscsa.edu/physiology/

Interested individuals should forward CV along with the names and email addresses of three references to:
Chu Chen, Ph.D.
Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology
UT Health San Antonio 78229
Email: chenc7@uthscsa.edu

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Highly Motivated Postdoctoral Fellows

The Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology in the Long School of Medicine at the University of Texas Health San Antonio is seeking highly motivated postdoctoral fellows to engage in ongoing studies related to neuron‐glia interactions underlying axonal domain organization, synapse organization and neural circuitry in genetic model systems. We are particularly interested in elucidating the molecular basis of myelin‐related pathologies and neurodevelopmental disorders emerging from synaptic abnormalities. We have a highly interactive and dynamic research environment, and encourage collaborations with colleagues across disciplines. Applicants with a Ph.D. and demonstrated record of high quality publications, excellent written and communication skills and ability to design and perform research in an independent manner should apply. Experience in mouse or fly genetics, cell biology and/or biochemistry would be most suitable for our many ongoing projects.

Salary is commensurate with experience and accomplishments; starting at NIH pay scale.
Additional information regarding our laboratory and scientific interests are at
www.bhatlab.org and our Department and the UT Health San Antonio at https://lsom.uthscsa.edu/physiology/

To apply, email a single pdf file with a cover letter stating career goals, CV with publications, a description of research experience and detailed contact information for three references to:

Manzoor Bhat, M.S., Ph.D.
Department of Cellular and Integrative Physiology
UT Health San Antonio 78229
Email: bhatm@uthscsa.edu

All Postdoctoral appointments are designated as security sensitive positions. The University of Texas Health San Antonio is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer including protected veterans and persons with disabilities.