Jobs Available at the Brain Health Institute

Henry Rutgers Professorship and Director of Rutgers Addiction Research Center

The Rutgers Brain Health Institute is recruiting an outstanding investigator for the Henry Rutgers Professorship in Addiction and to serve as the Director of a new Rutgers University Addiction Research Center (RuARC). The RuARC will build collaborations among scientists with the multidisciplinary expertise required to advance our understanding of the causes of opioid addiction` and other substance abuse disorders. As a component of the Brain Health Institute, RuARC will contain faculty in all Rutgers schools and campuses with expertise in addiction prevention, research, treatment, education, and public policy. Participating elements include especially Robert Wood Johnson Medical School (RWJMS), New Jersey Medical School (NJMS), School of Arts and Sciences, Center for Alcohol Studies, Center for Tobacco Studies, School of Public Health, School of Social Work, School of Nursing, University Behavioral Health Care, School of Pharmacy, and the Institute for Health, Health Care Policy and Aging Research. RuARC will be the only comprehensive addiction center in NJ with the capacity to impact the addiction epidemic through the diverse strengths of its members by integrating the following cutting edge approaches:

  • Precision Medicine research and knowledge development that crosses multiple disciplines and addresses individual differences and needs in addiction treatment
  • Treatment and care of individuals and families coping with addiction
  • Public policy innovation and reform aimed at preventing development of drug use and at more effective avenues for addicts to obtain treatment.
  • Training of tomorrow's research, clinical, and criminal justice workforces in all aspects of addiction science.

The ideal candidate will be a clinician-scientist who is a leader in addiction research with a strong, externally-funded research program and who utilizes basic or clinical approaches to address key questions regarding addiction.  Candidates with expertise in opioid addiction, or who can apply their experience in other substance abuse disorders to opioid addiction, will be of particular interest. With two teaching hospitals and over 250 neuroscience faculty labs in Newark, New Brunswick and Piscataway, as well as proximity to the New York, Princeton and Philadelphia neuroscience communities, Rutgers offers tremendous collaborative opportunities and core facilities to support and grow an outstanding research program.  The candidate for the Henry Rutgers Professorship should also be a leader who can coordinate research among many faculty, form the nexus of a collaborative research focus or center, and develop new research opportunities.  Applicants must have a PhD, MD or equivalent doctoral degree, with demonstrated ability to lead an independent NIH-funded research program in addiction research. We offer substantial resources to develop a world-class addiction research center, and to support the director’s own research activities. Outstanding core facilities will support this position, including a new 3T MRI scanner and a human behavioral testing core in collaboration with Princeton University. In addition, Rutgers has the world’s largest university-based biorepository, RUCDR, which will facilitate genetic studies. Rutgers values a culturally diverse faculty; we strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates. Applicants should submit a CV and statement of research accomplishments and plans and names of three to five references to Dr. Frank Ghinassi, the Chair of the search committee, at bhi@ca.rutgers.edu.

Director of Center for Autism Research at Rutgers Brain Health Institute
The Rutgers Brain Health Institute is recruiting a tenured faculty, at the Associate Professor/Professor level to serve as the Director of a new Rutgers University Center for Autism Research (RUCARes).  The ideal candidate will be a research leader in autism spectrum disorders with a strong, externally-funded research program who utilizes basic or clinical approaches to address key questions regarding autism and related disorders. Rutgers has considerable strengths in basic, clinical and translational autism research, with over 50 principal investigators working to develop new autism treatments.  Rutgers faculty and students also work closely with the autism community in NJ, providing educational intervention services, developing policy and performing public outreach through the Boggs Center on Developmental Disabilities and the Douglass Developmental Disabilities Center.  One of the primary roles of the Director of RUCARes would be to coordinate, nurture and grow current autism-related research activities at Rutgers.  Applicants must have a PhD, MD or equivalent degree, with demonstrated ability to lead an independent research program in autism spectrum disorders. We offer a competitive salary and an excellent start-up package.  Outstanding core facilities will support this position, including a new 3T MRI scanner and a human behavioral testing core in collaboration with Princeton University.  In addition, to facilitate genetic studies in autism, Rutgers has the world’s largest university-based biorepository, RUCDR. Rutgers offers tremendous collaborative opportunities with over 250 neuroscience faculty labs engaged in basic, clinical and translational research, and proximity to the New York, Princeton and Philadelphia neuroscience communities.  Rutgers values a culturally diverse faculty; we strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates. Applicants should submit a CV and statement of research accomplishments and plans and names of at least three references to Dr Gary Aston-Jones, Director of the Brain Health Institute, at bhi@ca.rutgers.edu .

Director of the Rutgers University Human Brain Imaging Center at the Brain Health Institute
The Rutgers Brain Health Institute is recruiting a tenured faculty at the Associate or Professor level to become the Director of the new Human Brain Imaging Center on Busch campus, Piscataway, NJ.  The center will house a new 3T MRI scanner dedicated to research use. Applicants must have a PhD, MD, or equivalent degree, and a thriving research program with external funding. We offer a competitive salary and an excellent start-up package.  With over 250 neuroscience faculty labs engaged in basic, clinical and translational research, as well as proximity to the New York, Princeton and Philadelphia neuroscience communities, Rutgers offers tremendous collaborative opportunities. Substantial core facilities also support this position, including a new human behavioral testing facility in collaboration with Princeton, the Rutgers-Princeton Computational Cognitive Neuropsychiatry Core. We strongly encourage applications from female and minority candidates. Applicants should submit a CV, statement of research accomplishments and plans, and names of at least three references to Dr Gary Aston-Jones (Director of the Brain Health Institute) at bhi@ca.rutgers.edu.

Assistant Professor/Associate Professor in Motivational Neuroscience Research at the Brain Health Institute
The Rutgers Brain Health Institute is recruiting a tenure-track faculty at the Assistant or Associate Professor level who studies motivational neuroscience in humans or using animal models. This includes brain mechanisms of motivation related to reward and emotional processing, alcohol and drug use, feeding and obesity, or affective dysfunctions. Applicants must have a PhD, MD or equivalent degree, and a research program with external funding. In addition to a strong funded research program, quality of research and fit with other strengths at Rutgers are important considerations (see BHI website).  We offer a competitive salary and an excellent start-up package. Depending on interest and fit, the position can be located at any of the Rutgers campuses in Newark, New Brunswick or Piscataway. Rutgers offers tremendous collaborative opportunities with over 250 neuroscience faculty labs engaged in basic, clinical and translational research, and proximity to New York, Princeton and Philadelphia neuroscience communities. We also offer strong core facilities to support and grow an active research program, including a behavioral testing facility in Piscataway in collaboration with Princeton, and human neuroimaging facilities in Newark and another being installed in Piscataway. Applicants should submit a CV, statement of research accomplishments and plans, and names of at least three references to Dr Gary Aston-Jones (Director of the Brain Health Institute) at bhi@ca.rutgers.edu.

Postdoctoral Position in the Aston-Jones lab at the Brain Health Institute        A postdoc position is available to study the role of noradrenergic locus coeruleus neurons in decision, attention and behavioral utility using multi-site unit recordings in behaving rats. Join a lab that is nationally recognized for research into cognitive functions of noradrenergic and other modulatory brain systems. Interdisciplinary studies combining neurophysiology with neuroanatomy, viral neurotransduction, DREADD or optogenetic manipulations, or behavioral pharmacology experiments are also planned. Applicants must have a strong academic record of independent research with a PhD or MD degree. Expertise with behaving rats or with in vivo single unit neurophysiology is preferred. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, names of 3 references and a cover letter expressing their interest and qualifications to Gary Aston-Jones, Ph.D., Director, Brain Health Institute and Strongwater Endowed Chair in Neuroscience at bhidirector@ca.rutgers.edu