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Research Associate

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Successful candidates will report to Dr. Burton, participate in joint laboratory meetings with the Pain Neurobiology Research Group at UT Dallas (Price and Dussor), and are encouraged to establish a mentoring committee. Prior post-doctoral scientists in the Pain Neurobiology Research Group at UT-Dallas have received pathway to independence awards (i.e. K awards) and successfully transitioned to faculty positions. Interested candidates should submit the following: a letter describing their relevant experience, curriculum vitae, and contact information for 2-3 references to Dr. Michael Burton (Michael.Burton@utdallas.edu)

Posting Details

Posting Details

Posting Number S01348P
Position Title Research Associate
Functional Title
Department Behavioral and Brain Sciences
Salary Range $48,000
Pay Basis Annually
Position Status Regular full-time
Location Richardson
Position End Date (if temporary)
Posting Open Date 10/11/2017
Posting Close Date
Open Until Filled Yes
Desired Start Date 11/01/2017
Job Summary

Dr. Michael Burton is seeking multiple highly motivated post-doctoral scientists interested in understanding the molecular and cellular mechanisms of neuronal and immunological plasticity, with an emphasis in neuroimmune interaction in the context of pain and depression. These NIH-funded postdoctoral fellowships are in the School of Behavioral and Brain Sciences at The University of Texas at Dallas (UTD — bbs.utdallas.edu). UTD is the fastest growing University in Texas, is ranked number 3 in the nation among Universities less than 50 years old and houses a vibrant neuroscience research community. The city of Dallas is an international economic hub with a vibrant cultural atmosphere and world-class sports and entertainment in a temperate climate.

Minimum Education and Experience

Ph.D in a related field.

Preferred Education and Experience

Ph. D. in Neuroscience, Physiology, Pharmacology, or related field
·A minimum of two first author papers published or accepted in a peer-reviewed journal
A firm background in behavior, murine genetics, surgery, basic biochemistry, basic molecular biology, confocal microscopy and primary cell culture
Creative thinking skills and a predisposition for problem solving
A command of the neuroscience literature.
Ability to work collaboratively with excellent oral and written communication skills
Strong proficiency in the English language (both written and verbal)

Essential Duties and Responsibilities

The Neuroimmunology and Behavior lab in the School of Behavioral and Brain Science is seeking engaged and enthusiastic individuals as postdoctoral researchers. Our NIH-funded research program focuses on molecular mechanisms underlying neuronal plasticity in chronic pain states, with an emphasis on neuroimmune interactions. The individuals will be involved with laboratory research (molecular biology and techniques in animal behavior) and writing manuscripts under the supervision of the principal investigator. It is expected postdoctoral researchers are leaders amongst laboratory personnel. Excellent judgment and problem solving skills are required for triaging solutions, identifying and executing troubleshooting efforts, and planning equipment and resource use. Individuals will also be active involved in administrative aspects of running the laboratory (ordering, scheduling, record-keeping, etc).

Physical Activities
Working Conditions
Additional Information

Opportunities:
· Specialized training in molecular genetics, molecular biology, and complex behaviors
· Next-generation sequencing and data intepretation
· Access to super-resolution imaging, multi-photon microscopy, spinning-disk confocal, and cell sorting equipment
· Collaborative work environment with preeminent Pain Neuroscientist.
· Training in behavioral neuroscience and in vivo pharmacology
· Methods development

Special Instructions Summary

Successful candidates will report to Dr. Burton, participate in joint laboratory meetings with the Pain Neurobiology Research Group at UT Dallas (Price and Dussor), and are encouraged to establish a mentoring committee. Prior post-doctoral scientists in the Pain Neurobiology Research Group at UT-Dallas have received pathway to independence awards (i.e. K awards) and successfully transitioned to faculty positions.

Interested candidates should submit the following: a letter describing their relevant experience, curriculum vitae, and contact information for 2-3 references to Dr. Michael Burton (Michael.Burton@utdallas.edu)

Important Message

1) The University of Texas at Dallas is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer (M/F/D/V).

2) All employees serve as a representative of the University and are expected to display respect, civility, professional courtesy, consideration of others and discretion in all interactions with members of the UT Dallas community and the general public.

Supplemental Questions

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Applicant Documents

Required Documents
  1. Cover Letter/Letter of Application
  2. Curriculum Vitae
Optional Documents
  1. Veteran Employment Preference - Form DD-214