University of Colorado – School of Medicine
The Benke laboratory (http://www.ucdenver.edu/academics/colleges/medicalschool/departments/Pharmacology/faculty/Pages/benke.aspx) is seeking an enthusiastic and inquisitive postdoctoral fellow interested in seizures in early life affect brain development to influence synaptic plasticity and behavior.
The candidate will work with the PI to design and implement projects and experiments to address questions that are central to our lab’s interests and funding. The successful candidate will receive training in the application of cutting-edge neuroscience approaches, including but not limited to behavior, pharmacokinetics, biochemistry, immunohistology and acute slice electrophysiology to interrogate the impacts of early life seizures. These studies will influence our understanding and treatments of genetic and other disorders that cause seizures and epilepsy that result in intellectual disability, autism and similar neurocognitive impairments.
Specific Position Duties with Percentages of Time
[ 90 ]%
Studies to characterize the effects of early life seizures in rodents. Techniques/duties include but not limited to:
seizure induction and associated rodent care
rodent manipulations including drug delivery, stereotaxy, implants and euthanasia
maintenance of rodent colony, genotyping
preparation of brain slices from rodents
electrophysiological recordings from brain slices
biochemical analysis of brain slices
immunohistology of brain slices
behavioral studies in rodents
analysis of data
preparation of data for papers and presentations
presentation of data at meetings
maintenance of all required logs and notebooks of data and experiments
highest ethical standards required for scientific research
[ 10 ]%
Supervision of PRA and students
Assure PRA and student adhering to standard lab practice
Supervise ordering of supplies by PRA
Graduation from an accredited college or university with a PhD or MD/PhD in molecular biology, neuroscience or other relevant field.
Ability to perform the duties of the position
Excellent verbal and written communication skills in English
Proven ability to work independently within a research lab
Desired or preferred:
Experience with any of the following:
Electrophysiology (culture and acute slice)
Cell culture, immunohistology, western blotting
Salary and Benefits:
Salary is commensurate with skills and experience. The University of Colorado offers a full benefits package. Information on University benefits programs, including eligibility, is located atEmployee Services.
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Organization: *H0001 -- Anschutz Medical Campus
Title: Post-Doctoral Fellow
Requisition ID: 12827