Research Associate

Richmond, Virginia
$45,000 - $55,000
May 16 2017
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

Virginia Commonwealth University's Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology invites applications for a full-time collateral Research Associate position, to manage and conduct pharmacological and behavioral research with respect to drugs of abuse. Specifically, the successful applicant will be expected to design and conduct intracranial electrical self-stimulation (ICSS) studies in rats and mice, as well as those involving cannabimimetic Tetrad studies in mice, involving drug administration and/or drug withdrawal, and supervise full- and part-time technical help in assisting to do so. In addition, the successful applicant will assist a senior professor by collecting and reviewing relevant literature and other materials for the preparation of manuscripts or of grant and contract proposals, as well as author such written products her or himself. Additionally, mentoring of graduate and professional students in the research laboratory is likely.

The applicant must have a Ph.D. in pharmacology, psychology or a related discipline with at least three years of relevant postdoctoral training, as well as experience in writing and publishing scientific manuscripts in peer-reviewed journals and contributing to grant or contract applications. Additionally, the applicant must be experienced in evaluating the effects of drugs and of drug withdrawal on behavior maintained by intracranial electrical self-stimulation (ICSS) in rats and mice and of drug administration on physiological and behavioral measures in mice using cannabimimetic Tetrad assays. Computer skills including proficiency in MS Office, Prism Statistical software and Med State laboratory control software are essential. The successful applicant will have demonstrated experience working in and fostering a diverse faculty, staff, and student environment or commitment to do so as a faculty member at Virginia Commonwealth University.

Please apply via the VCU eJobs system, by June 30, 2017, at  Search in keywords for F20620, then submit a CV, cover letter (describing research interests), and (via the Other Documents section) names and contact information for three professional references.  Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, political affiliation or disability.