Henry Rutgers Professorship and Director of Rutgers Addiction Research Center
The Rutgers Brain Health Institute is seeking an outstanding research leader for the Henry Rutgers Professorship in Addiction and to serve as the Director of a new Rutgers University Addiction Research Center (RuARC). For More information Click here.

Director of Treatment Research Unit at Rutgers Addiction Research Center
The Rutgers Brain Health Institute is recruiting an outstanding physician-scientist to serve as the Director of the Treatment Research Unit (TRU), a key component of the newly created Rutgers University Addiction Research Center (RuARC). For More information Click here.

Post Doctoral Positions in Neuroscience at the Rutgers Brain Health Institute

Dr. Vanessa Routh's lab has a grant-funded post-doctoral position available immediately to investigate mechanisms of central glucose sensing and regulation of glucose homeostasis. Very strong preference given to electrophysiologists with expertise in patch clamp recordings of neurons in brain slices. Stereotaxic surgical skills and behavioral experience with rodents desired. Please contact Dr. Vanessa Routh, Professor, Department of Pharmacology, Physiology and Neuroscience, Rutgers New Jersey Medical School. Email: routhvh@njms.rutgers.edu; Office phone: 973-972-1489.

Dr. Gary Aston-Jones lab is seeking a postdoctoral associate with experience in rodent behavior or brain immunohistochemistry. This postdoc will work on research into brain substrates of addiction or depression using advanced behavioral economic and other behavioral and neurotransduction approaches in rat drug self-administration models. Research will use orexin-cre rats and local microinjections of DIO viral vectors, immunohistochemical analyses, as well as assays for addiction- or depression-like behavioral phenotypes to identify brain circuits responsible for addiction or depression. Join a leading neuroscience lab at Rutgers, with a strong record of post-doctoral mentorship and training, in an exciting new circuit-level approach to understanding and developing new therapies for addiction, depression and related mental health disorders.  Applicants must have a strong academic record of independent research with a PhD or MD degree. Expertise with rodent behavior or brain immunohistochemistry is required. 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, Rutgers Brain Health Institute at bhidirector@ca.rutgers.edu

Dr. Stella Elkabes lab has a position to investigate molecular mechanisms underlying neuropathic pain in mouse models of multiple sclerosis.  The lab uses AAV-mediated genetic manipulation in spinal cord and behavioral assays to identify molecular mechanisms of pain.  Apply to:  elkabest@njms.rutgers.edu

Dr. Zhiping Pang’s lab has two positions to study molecular mechanisms of synaptic regulation by peptidergic hormones using rodent model systems and human iPSCs. The lab is also funded by an NIH BRAIN initiative grant to develop novel technologies to study brain structure and function.  Apply to:  pangzh@rwjms.rutgers.edu

Dr. Pingyue Pan’s lab has a position to understand how synaptic Parkinson's disease risk variants, such as SYNJ1 and SNCA, dysregulate synaptic function. Experience in primary neuron culture, quantitative live imaging and mouse models required.  Apply to:  pingyue.pan@rutgers.edu .

Dr. Huaye Zhang’s lab has a position to study molecular mechanisms of hippocampal synaptic plasticity and neurodegeneration and the roles of cell polarity regulators. Experiences with mouse models, primary neuron cultures, confocal and/or two-photon imaging are highly preferable.  Apply to:  huaye.zhang@rutgers.edu .

Dr. Pierre-Olivier Polack’s lab has a position to investigate mechanisms adapting visual processing to the behavioral needs using two-photon calcium imaging in mice performing behavioral tasks. Knowledge of mechanisms underpinning visual processing and proficiency with Matlab required.  Apply to:  polack.po@rutgers.edu .

Dr. Yuan-Xiang Tao’s lab has a position to study molecular and cellular mechanisms underlying chronic pain and opioid-associated disorders.  Apply to: yt211@njms.rutgers.edu  .

Dr. Vincent B. McGinty’s lab has a position to study the neural basis of decision-making and other motivated behaviors, using behavioral techniques, single unit and population neurophysiology, machine learning, and computational modeling. Details at mcgintylab.org.  Apply to : vince.mcginty@rutgers.edu

Dr. M. Maral Mouradian’s lab has positions to study the molecular pathogenesis of Parkinson's disease with the goal to identify therapeutic targets and compounds. Experiments utilize in vitro, cellular and animal models examining behavioral, biochemical and molecular markers.  Apply to:  lk496@rwjms.rutgers.edu 

Dr. Radek Dobrowolski’s lab has two positions to study Alzheimer disease-associated mutants using a multitude of CRISPR/Cas9 edited human iPSCs and Drosophila models. The projects use novel optogenetic tools and live-cell imaging to model and study AD pathology.  Apply to:  r.dobrowolski@rutgers.edu

Dr. Isaac Edery’s lab has a position to study sleep-wake states, energy balance and thermal adaptation using the Drosophila model system to discover novel pathways interconnecting brain function with metabolic demands.  Apply to: edery@cabm.rutgers.edu .

Dr. Steven Levison’s lab has a position to study a specific subset of platelet-derived growth factor dependent neural progenitors during development, determine which types of brain cells they produce and to compare their transcriptional profiles to those of neural stem cells.  Apply to:  levisosw@njms.rutgers.edu .

The MNADRT Program at Rutgers invites applications for a NIAAA-funded T32 postdoctoral fellowship focusing on the genetic and environmental influences on the nervous system controlling stress dysregulation and pathogenesis in alcoholism and drug abuse.  Contact Dr. Dipak Sarkar for more information at: Dipak.sarkar@rutgers.edu