Postdoctoral Positions: Neurobiology and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI)

Richmond, Virginia
Commensurate with NIH guidelines
March 20 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type

Postdoctoral Positions: Neurobiology and Mild Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI) in the Context of Interneuron Dysfunction and Parallel CNS Circuit Disruption

Two postdoctoral fellowships are immediately available in the Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at the Medical College of Virginia Campus of Virginia Commonwealth University.  The successful candidates will work under the direction of either Professors John Povlishock or Kimberle Jacobs in a highly collaborative environment studying experimental mild TBI via multiple advanced and integrated approaches.  The positions, which are supported by multiple long-term funding streams, offer the successful candidates the ability to participate in one of two research directions.  For one slot, the successful candidate will be expected to participate in advanced morphological studies focusing on the potential for mild TBI-induced alteration of parvalbumin GABAergic interneurons and their modulation of the initial axonal segment and its perineuronal synaptic net.  For the second slot, the candidate will be expected to focus on a similar investigation, bringing electrophysiological tools to bear on the above described processes to determine their ability to elicit an imbalance of excitatory and inhibitory function.  The successful candidates will also have the opportunity to interact with other postdoctoral fellows involved in mild TBI research at multiple levels, including studies conducted in gyrencephalic animals.  The successful candidates will hold a PhD and/or MD in the area of neuroscience, with one position requiring demonstrated expertise in various forms of modern cellular imaging and the second position requiring experience in electrophysiological techniques including, but not limited to, in vitro slice preparation and whole cell patch clamp analysis.  The program is highly interdisciplinary and collaborative.  Importantly, the successful candidates will also be mentored to facilitate their eventual transition to an independent research career through the acquisition of writing and presentation skills.  Applicants should submit a CV, a brief description of research interests, career goals, and the contact information for three references to