Two Positions open in the Aston-Jones Lab at BHI

  1. Principal Laboratory Technician: Rutgers BHI is seeking a Principal Laboratory Technician/Lab Manager for the Brain Health Institute Laboratory. Under direction, the Principal Laboratory Technician/Lab Manager will be required to help oversee research activities in a university laboratory that uses rats to study brain mechanisms of cognitive function, addiction and neuropsychiatric disorders. They will also help carry out behavioral and anatomical neuroscience research projects in the laboratory. The Principal Laboratory Technician/Lab Manager will be able to conduct laboratory research in the areas of behavioral neuroscience including conditioned place preference, drug self-administration, operant behavior, intracranial drug administration, and immunohistochemical staining of brain tissue. The Principal Laboratory Technician/Lab Manager will also be able to maintain and order supplies and equipment, compose and modify animal and other experimental protocols for administrative review, organize notebooks, brain tissue and other laboratory items, and perform other related laboratory duties as required and manage breeding colonies and genotype animals.
    Among the key duties of this position are the following:
    Involved in research activities specialized to the Brain Health Institute lab in regard to data collection, analysis and interpretation.May assign and instruct support personnel in various phases of technical analysis, experimentation, and laboratory testing work, as required. Additionally trains and supervises all lab personnel in shared equipment use such as cryostats, specialized Stereo Axio Zoom and Leica microscopes. Oversees the preparation and standardization of laboratory reagents and standard solutions, culture media and stains, and antigens used in experiments. For Principal Lab Tech, please apply here: https://jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/185253
  2. Lab Assistant: Rutgers BHI is seeking a Laboratory Assistant for the Brain Health Institute Laboratory. Under direction, the Laboratory Assistant performs and assists with laboratory services and procedures in support of research activities of the laboratory.
    Among the key duties of this position are the following:
    Assists in packing, unpacking, storage and maintenance of lab supplies and materials. Ensures that glassware and equipment are kept clean and are properly stored.Prepares stock solutions and buffers. Assists with the maintenance of the Laboratory facilities, equipment, and instruments. Helps maintain records and files. Performs other related duties as assigned.
    For Lab Assistant, please apply here: https://jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/185250
    Please send your resume to Dr. Gary Aston-Jones at bhidirector@bhi.rutgers.edu

Carcea Lab at BHI seeks to fill Two Post-Doc positions

The Carcea Lab at the Rutgers New Jersey Medical School and Rutgers Brain Health Institute has two full-time postdoctoral positions available:
Position #1: Appointment funded by a newly awarded NIMH R01 grant to study the role of oxytocin neurons projecting to the amygdala or to the VTA in the initiation and reinforcement of spontaneous social interactions in mice.
Position #2: Appointment funded by a newly awarded Whitehall Foundation grant to study neural substrates for social thermoregulation (why we huddle in cold and why we fight in hot temperature).
The completion of both projects will require automated analysis of behavior (using tools like DeepLabCut), in vivo electrophysiology, fiber photometry, viral tracing, optogenetics and chemogenetics. Candidates should have a PhD in neuroscience, physiology, cell biology, biomedical engineering, or related field.
To apply, please send your CV to ioana.carcea@rutgers.edu. Applications will be considered on a rolling basis.
For more information about the lab, visit us at: www.carcealab.com

Aston-Jones Lab at BHI seeks Post-Doc

A postdoctoral associate is sought with experience in rodent behavior or brain immunohistochemistry. This postdoc will join the Aston-Jones lab to explore brain substrates of addiction using advanced behavioral economic and other behavioral and neurotransduction approaches in rat drug self-administration models. Research will use transgenic (orexin-cre; TH-cre) rats and local microinjections of DIO viral vectors into brain, immunohistochemical analyses, as well as assays for addiction-like behavioral phenotypes to identify brain circuits responsible for addiction. Join a leading neuroscience lab, with a strong record of post-doctoral mentorship and training, in an exciting circuit-level approach to understanding and developing new therapies for addiction and related mental health disorders. With over 300 neuroscience faculty labs engaged in basic, clinical and translational research, the new Rutgers Addiction Research Center at BHI, with over 100 addiction research faculty, and proximity to New York, Princeton and Philadelphia neuroscience communities, Rutgers offers tremendous opportunities for collaborations, training and career growth. 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, Brain Health Institute, at bhidirector@bhi.rutgers.edu . Applications can also be submitted at- https://jobs.rutgers.edu/postings/179047.

Multiple Faculty Positions at all Levels in Human Neuroimaging

The Center for Advanced Human Brain Imaging Research (CAHBIR, David Zald, Director; https://sites.rutgers.edu/cahbir/) on the Busch campus in Piscataway, NJ is recruiting for multiple faculty positions at all levels (Assistant/Associate/Professor). We seek investigators who use innovative MRI approaches to image human brain structure and function.  Individuals who utilize additional approaches such as EEG, tDCS and rTMS to study human brain function would also be attractive. Applicants must have a PhD, MD/PhD, or equivalent doctoral degree, and a research program with currently active federal funding. Quality of research and fit within one or more of the four focus areas of the BHI ((Neurodevelopment, Neurodegeneration, Motivational and Affective Neuroscience, Cognitive and Sensory Neuroscience) are important criteria . We offer a highly competitive salary and an excellent start-up package. . Applicants should submit a CV, statement of research accomplishments and plans, and contact information of four references to Dr. David Zald, Director of CAHBIR and Chair of the search committee, at bhi@bhi.rutgers.edu.
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Kreiger-Klein Endowed Chair in Neurodegeneration Research and Director of the Krieger Klein Alzheimer's Disease and Cognitive Neurology Clinical Research Center
The Rutgers Brain Health Institute is recruiting an outstanding physician-scientist to serve as the Director of the Krieger Klein Alzheimer's Disease and Cognitive Neurology Clinical Research Center. 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. 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