Postdoctoral Research Scientist in the Department of Psychiatry
Columbia University New York, Department of Psychiatry
United States


Summary Description

Postdoctoral Research Scientist
The candidate must be a highly motivated, skilled and enthusiastic individual able to conduct research in a critical and independent way. He/she will be required to design, perform and analyze experiments investigating the effect of early maternal separation in a rodent model previously developed in the lab. 
The qualified candidate will evaluate the effects of early maternal separation model developed in the lab, looking at the autonomic function dysregulation we reported in the pups, with the aim of finding potential interventions to rescue the abnormal development observed. By using behavioral, physiological and molecular techniques, the candidate will be expected to provide original research insights to new projects and write manuscripts and grant applications, in collaboration with the PI, in addition to being involved in the day to day running of the lab, the successful candidate will also be expected to supervise students and volunteers.
Within the predetermined research scope and methodology, the postdoc is expected to be independent in developing the project line, identifying critical components and proceeding by problem-solving for advancing the project. His judgment in terms of analysis and interpretation of the data needs to be critical relevant and original, in order to be complimentary to the PI/supervisor point of view. General supervision would be necessary for the research project to carry on, by indicating generally, what is to be done, limitations, quality and quantity expected deadlines and priorities. Additional, specific instructions are given for new, difficult, or unusual assignments. The postdoc should use initiative in carrying out research in an efficient way. The postdoc is expected to supervise future master students or graduate students in the lab.


Minimum Degree Required

PhD in an appropriate field (Biology, Neuroscience, Psychiatry)


Minimum Qualifications

Minimum qualifications:
-Ph.D in an appropriate field (Biology, Neuroscience, Psychiatry)
-Minimum of 6 years of experience in a laboratory environment
-Background in in vivo rodent physiological recording and behavioral manipulation


Preferred Qualifications

Preferred qualifications: 
-Background in rodent behavioral model will be highly evaluated
-Ability to use software to analyze electrophysiological data
-Proven track record of working efficiently and independently with exceptional problem solving abilities
-Good writing skills (fluency in English) and excellent interpersonal skills


Columbia University is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action employer —Race/Gender/Disability/Veteran.

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