Jobs Available at the Brain Health Institute

New (March 5, 2019) Postdoctoral position available for a DoD funded project investigating the role of lateral hypothalamus orexin/glucose-inhibited neurons in binge eating disorder. Estimated starting date: Fall 2019. Preference given for expertise in electrophysiology. Please contact Dr. Vanessa Routh at or 973-972-1489. Laboratory is located in the Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience at the New Jersey Medical School in Newark.

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