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2 Postdoctoral Fellowship Positions in Alcohol and Stress Neuroscience and Treatment Research for Substance Misuse in Justice-Involved Populations

The Department of Psychology and Neuroscience has two postdoctoral fellowship positions available, one in a lab researching alcohol and stress neuroscience and another position researching treatment for substance misuse in justice-involved populations.

Postdoctoral Fellowship Position #1:

Alcohol and Stress Neuroscience

Description: The postdoctoral fellow to work with Dr. Lara Hwa in the Neuroscience of Stress and Alcohol Drinking Laboratory will investigate the neural mechanisms underlying alcohol drinking and stress interactions in mice. The postdoctoral fellow will play a vital role in assisting with all projects in the Neuroscience of Stress and Alcohol Drinking Laboratory, including analyzing and publishing already collected data, developing new studies and overseeing existing studies in the lab, mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, providing support for existing research grants, and writing new research grants. Specific methods may include stereotaxic surgery, immunohistochemistry, neuroimaging and microscopy, whole cell patch clamp electrophysiology, chemogenetics, optogenetics, fiber photometry, and mouse behavioral assays. The postdoctoral researcher will have the opportunity to assist on any collaboration projects. Further, the scholar is encouraged and will be supported to pursue their own independent project during their time in the lab.

Qualifications: The ideal candidate will have 1.) a Ph.D., PharmD/PhD, MD/PhD, or DVM in Neuroscience, Neurobiology, Psychology, Pharmacology, or a related field, 2.) research experience in one or more of the following areas: behavioral neuroscience, psychopharmacology, biological psychology, electrophysiology, microscopy, computational neuroscience, biomedical engineering, 3.) computer software skills related to research needs, 4.) excellent writing skills with a strong publication record. Candidates close to defending their dissertation are welcome to apply.

Application Requirements: To apply, candidates should apply by May 31, 2022 and submit an electronic packet at the following link.

Questions Regarding Application: For questions pertaining to the application process or to learn more about the postdoctoral fellow position, please contact Dr. Lara Hwa by email lara_hwa@baylor.edu.

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Postdoctoral Fellowship Position #2:

Treatment Research for Substance Misuse in Justice-Involved Populations

Description: The postdoctoral fellow to work with Dr. Stacy Ryan-Pettes in treatment research for substance misuse in justice-involved populations will investigate work on a multi-site NIH-funded randomized controlled trial examining a caregiver contingency management intervention for youth on probation, a PCORI-funded Engagement Award to prepare a local juvenile detention center for patient-centered outcomes research, and a pilot project focused on adapting and assessing the acceptability and feasibility of a telehealth platform for the provision of probation supervision within a local juvenile probation department. The primary activities of the postdoctoral fellow will include analyzing and publishing already collected data, developing new studies and overseeing existing studies in the lab, mentoring undergraduate and graduate students, providing support for existing research grants, and writing new research grants. Mentorship will be provided for manuscript preparation, grant writing, and the development of an independent research program.

Qualifications: Candidates should have a Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology or a related behavioral health field. Previous experience providing or knowledge of behavioral interventions is required. Ideal candidates will have strong verbal and written communication skills, good methodological and data analytic skills, an appreciation of transdisciplinary approaches, and data management skills. More, individuals will be highly motivated and possess initiative.

Application Requirements: To apply, candidates should apply by May 31, 2022 and submit an electronic packet at the following link.

Questions Regarding Application: For questions pertaining to the application process or to learn more about the postdoctoral fellow position, please contact Dr. Stacy Ryan-Pettes by email stacy_ryan-pettes@baylor.edu.

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