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Postdoctoral Associate (Sensory Neuroscience Research)
University of Miami in Miami, Florida
Date Posted 01/04/2021
Employment Type Full-time
Application Deadline Open until filled

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About This Position

Join a vibrant research program in sensory neuroscience. This NIH-funded position is to continue NIH-supported projects in the laboratory of Dr. Nirupa Chaudhari in the Dept. of Physiology & Biophysics at the University of Miami, Miller School of Medicine.

The overarching goals of the lab are to understanding how sensory detection of taste signals informs perception, metabolism and nutrition. Specific project(s) will integrate molecular and functional definition of gustatory neurons, examining stimulus-evoked responses using in vivo confocal Ca2+ imaging and/or defining circuitry using AAV-based tracing strategies.

The successful candidate will be expert in one or more of the following approaches and will work to develop expertise in additional areas: transcriptomics of neurons (especially single cells), neuronal recordings (electrophysiology or Ca2+ imaging), rodent surgery, molecular genetics, neuroanatomical tracing, in situ hybridization and/or immunostaining.

The successful candidate will work with the Principal Investigator (PI) to identify and develop an independent research project within the area of PI’s NIH-funded research program on chemosensory mechanisms and molecular/functional connectivity. S/he will have every opportunity to rapidly develop experimental skills in new areas by collaborating with other lab members. S/he will have opportunities and mentoring to improve skills in scientific writing and scientific presentation and to develop essential “soft skills” for a career in science.

Minimum Qualifications

Ph.D. in neuroscience, molecular biology, physiology or related discipline. Prefer research experience in neuroscience-related experimental approaches with evidence of stage-appropriate, strong research productivity and a commitment to a career in scientific research. Skill in collecting, organizing, and analyzing data. Ability to recognize, analyze, and solve a variety of problems. Ability to exercise sound judgment in making critical decisions.

The University of Miami offers competitive salaries and a comprehensive benefits package including medical, dental, tuition remission and more.

UHealth-University of Miami Health System, South Florida's only university-based health system, provides leading-edge patient care powered by the ground breaking research and medical education at the Miller School of Medicine. As an academic medical center, we are proud to serve South Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean. Our physicians represent more than 100 specialties and sub-specialties, and have more than one million patient encounters each year. Our tradition of excellence has earned worldwide recognition for outstanding teaching, research and patient care. We're the challenge you've been looking for.

Patient safety is a top priority. As a result, during the Influenza ("the flu") season (September through April), the University Of Miami Miller School Of Medicine requires all employees who provide ongoing services to patients, work in a location (all Hospitals and clinics) where patient care is provided, or work in patient care or clinical care areas, to have an annual influenza vaccination. Failure to meet this requirement will result in rescinding or termination of employment.

The University of Miami is an Equal Opportunity Employer - Females/Minorities/Protected Veterans/Individuals with Disabilities are encouraged to apply. Applicants and employees are protected from discrimination based on certain categories protected by Federal law. Click here for additional information.

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