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Post Doctoral Fellow - College of Medicine Department of Anatomy
Howard University in the Washington, DC
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Date Posted 11/21/2019
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

Howard University Mission

Howard University is a comprehensive, research-oriented, historically Black private university providing an educational experience of exceptional quality to students of high academic potential with particular emphasis upon the provision of educational opportunities to promising Black students. Further, the University is dedicated to attracting and sustaining a cadre of faculty who are, through their teaching and research, committed to the development of distinguished and compassionate graduates and to the quest for solutions to human and social problems in the United States and throughout the world.

Position Compensation

Salary commensurate with qualifications, education & University guidelines.

Position Information


The Developmental Neuropsychopharmacology Laboratory in the Department of Anatomy at Howard University College of Medicine seeks applicants for a postdoctoral fellow to conduct research and analyses aligned with brain reward and stress systems. The incumbent will investigate cellular, molecular, biochemical, and behavioral mechanisms associated with substance use disorder and neuropsychiatric conditions in human and animal models.




The individual with training in behavioral and molecular neuroscience is needed to conduct research as required in support of the Developmental Neuropsychopharmacology Laboratory.


The appointment is for a 1-year period, renewable to 2 years as funding allows. The candidate will be expected to perform independent research and data analysis, develop new research approaches, prepare refereed manuscripts, give presentations, train junior researchers and interact with the principal investigator to fulfill the aims of assigned projects. We seek a highly qualified and motivated postdoctoral fellow with fresh ideas and a sense for teamwork. The ideal candidate will have a Ph.D. in neuroscience or related field, a record of scientific productivity, and strong communication and writing skills. Preference will be given to applicants experienced in stereotaxic implantation surgeries, behavioral pharmacology, gene therapy (HSV/AAV vectors) and molecular/biochemical techniques. Experience with primary neuron cultures, fluorescence microscopy and proficiency with statistics programs (SPSS, SAS) is a plus.


Fields of specialization: Neurosciences, Biology, Biochemistry, Molecular Biology


Successful applicants will have a Ph.D. in Neuroscience or a similar field. Expertise in molecular and Cell Biology. Experience with statistics and analytical tools desired.

Note: This position description should not be construed to imply that these requirements are the exclusive standards of the position. Incumbents will follow any other instructions, and perform any other related duties, as may be required. The university has the right to revise this position description at any time. This position description is not be construed as a contract for employment.

Ability to develop manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals

Help write grant proposals for continued funding of the laboratory

Perform cell isolation and culture, and in vitro manipulations.

Disseminate Research by giving seminar presentations and attending special meetings.

Investigate subcellular trafficking with fluorescence and confocal microscopy.

Perform studies of protein chemistry and processing

Determine differential gene expression using molecular biology assays

Analyze and present all data using analysis software such as GeneArray Pro Sigmastat, Prism, Powerpoint, Photoshop, etc.

Attend and contribute to weekly laboratory meetings, ensure the performance of laboratory equipment and the presence of adequate supplies.

Willingness to learn and conduct in vivo and behavioral assays with rodents, including surgery procedures and viral implantation

Responsible for orienting and training others, and assigning and reviewing their work. May also be responsible for acting in a lead or senior capacity over other positions

Ability to prepare and deliver scientific presentations.

Advanced knowledge of the principles and techniques of the subject discipline.

Knowledge of modern research methods, data collection and analysis and skill in their application.

Skill in leading, or coordinating the work of others.

Ability to establish and maintain effective and harmonious work relations with faculty, staff, students, university officials and the general public.


Equal Employment Opportunity

The University does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national and ethnic origin, sex, marital status, religion, or disability. Veteran status and people with disabilities are encouraged to apply.

Inquiries regarding provisions for persons with disabilities, equal employment opportunity and Title IX should be directed to the Office of Employee Relations and Equal Employment Opportunity at (202) 202-806-1316.

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