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Post-Doctoral Scientist

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Posting Details


Job Description Summary:

A Postdoctoral Scitentist position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Abigail Polter in the department of Pharmacology and Physiology at The George Washington University. The Polter lab is focused on the effects of stressful and adverse experiences on the brain, and the role of these neuroadaptations in illnesses such as mood and substance use disorders. The lab uses slice electrophysiology, rodent behavioral assays, and cutting-edge neuroscience techniques to investigate synaptic and cellular mechanisms of stress-induced alterations in the brain’s reward and affective circuitry. For more information, please see:
The Postdoctoral Scientist leads a project focusing on individual differences in stress-induced changes in inhibitory synaptic plasticity and physiology in the ventral tegmental area. The Postdoctoral Scientist plans and performs experiments to advance this project, analyzes and interprets data, mentors undergraduate and graduate students, writes grants and fellowship proposals and prepares manuscripts for publication. Performs other related duties as assigned. The omission of specific duties does not preclude the supervisor from assigning duties that are logically related to the position.

Minimum Qualifications:

Require’s a PhD in the field or in a related area.

Additional Required Licenses/Certifications/Posting Specific Minimum Qualifications:
Preferred Qualifications:

PhD in neuroscience or a related field. Strong written and oral communication skills and the ability to work collaboratively as part of a team are required. Prior experience with optogenetics, chemogenetics, and/or in vitro slice physiology is highly desired.


Campus Location: Foggy Bottom, Washington, D.C.
College/School/Department: School of Medicine and Health Sciences (SMHS)
Family Research and Labs
Sub-Family Laboratory Research
Stream Individual Contributor
Level Level 3
Full-Time/Part-Time: Full-Time
Hours Per Week: 40
Work Schedule: Mon-Fri; 9am-6pm
Position Designation: Essential: Employees who perform functions that have been deemed essential to maintaining business or academic operations. Employees are generally expected to work from home during an event and may be asked to physically report to work.
Required Background Check Criminal History Screening, Education/Degree/Certifications Verification, Social Security Number Trace, and Sex Offender Registry Search
Special Instructions to Applicants:
Internal Applicants Only?
Posting Number: RP000238
Job Open Date: 02/09/2017
Job Close Date:
If temporary, grant funded or limited term appointment, position funded until:
Background Screening Successful Completion of a Background Screening will be required as a condition of hire.
EEO Statement:

The university is an Equal Employment Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer that does not unlawfully discriminate in any of its programs or activities on the basis of race, color, religion, sex, national origin, age, disability, veteran status, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, or on any other basis prohibited by applicable law.

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