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Post-doctoral position in Bethesda/USA

13 May 2019

Post-doctoral position in Bethesda/USA

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HJF is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow to train in the laboratory of Dr. Kari Johnson at the Department of Pharmacology located at the Uniformed Services University of the Health Sciences (USUHS) in Bethesda, MD. HJF provides scientific, technical and programmatic support services to the Department of Pharmacology.

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Dr. Kari Johnson, Assistant Professor of Pharmacology, invites qualified candidates to apply for the position of Postdoctoral Fellow. Research in the Johnson Laboratory focuses on physiological adaptations in basal ganglia circuits that occur following chronic alcohol exposure in mice, and how these adaptations relate to cognitive impairments caused by alcohol. We are particularly interested in roles of G protein-coupled receptors in modulating neurotransmission at basal ganglia synapses and how these receptors modify behavior under both normal and pathological conditions.

1. In collaboration with Dr. Johnson and other laboratory members, design, execute, and analyze mouse behavioral experiments with a focus on operant conditioning paradigms.
2. Techniques used will include stereotaxic surgery, in vivo manipulation of circuits using optogenetic and chemogenetic techniques, and behavioral pharmacology. Opportunities for training in additional techniques such as ex vivo patch clamp electrophysiology will be available depending on the candidate’s interests.
3. Keep detailed records of experiments.
4. Assist with routine laboratory upkeep including inventory, organization, standardization of protocols, and compliance with regulatory requirements.
5. Present data at local and national conferences; collaboratively write manuscripts for publication in journals.
6. Prepare an annual Individual Development Plan, and complete professional development activities in support of future career goals.

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The Henry M. Jackson Foundation for the Advancement of Military Medicine

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Christine Saint-Amand
Bethesda, Maryland

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