Summary of Duties: The successful candidate will join a multidisciplinary research program to participate in internationally-recognized, NIH-funded, translational alcohol dependence neuroscience research. The postdoctoral research associate will receive the theoretical and technical training to engage in preclinical experimentation that integrates behavioral animal models (encompassing motivational, negative affective and cognitive control domains) with state-of-the-art neuroscientific techniques, from gene to behavior, to elucidate neuroadaptations in limbic and cortical dynorphin / kappa-opioid receptor systems that promote maladaptive behavioral regulation in models of alcohol dependence and neuropsychiatric disorders.
Highly motivated candidates with a strong work ethic and successful (i.e., published) experience using pharmacological, immunohistochemical, molecular or genetic/epigenetic approaches to understand and/or modify behavior are urged to apply. The Laboratory of Alcoholism and Addictions Neuroscience is one of many labs comprising the Alcohol and Drug Abuse Research Program and the Translational Addiction Research Center which collectively provide a wealth of intellectual resources to support a vibrant research environment at Washington State University.
Required Qualifications: The candidate must have a Ph.D. in a biological psychology- or neuroscience-related discipline and be capable of successfully working with others and independently conducting experiments, analyzing data, writing manuscripts and disseminating research findings.
Founded in 1890 in Pullman, Washington State University (WSU) is Washington’s land-grant university with an overarching mission of improving the quality of life for all citizens – locally, nationally, and globally. WSU is committed to innovation and excellence in research and scholarship. WSU has a current enrollment of over 30,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students and approximately 6,000 faculty and staff at its five campuses (Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, Vancouver, and Everett), as well as its numerous other locations across the State of Washington and online through its Global Campus. With a new President (Dr. Kirk Schulz began as the University’s 11th president in June 2016) and a new Vice President of Finance and Administration (Stacy Pearson started in March 2017); the University community is energized and excited.
U.S. News & World Report's 2016 "America's Best Colleges" rankings place WSU in the top 75 public national universities. WSU was one of only three Northwest universities to be placed in the top two tiers, along with the University of Washington and the University of Oregon. WSU is ranked as a "highest research activity" institution by the Carne...gie Foundation and is in the top 12 percent of research universities as reported by the National Science Foundation. Also, WSU was recognized by the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching for its engagement activities with its Community Engagement Classification.
WSU employs approximately 6,000 faculty and professional staff and the University deeply values diversity among its faculty, students, and staff. WSU students represent diverse social, economic, and ethnic backgrounds: approximately 10 percent of WSU students hail from outside the state of Washington, and approximately 6.8 percent are international students. WSU annually awards more than $280 million in scholarships and financial aid to approximately 17,000 undergraduate students.