The Mercer University School of Medicine is currently seeking two Post-Doctoral Fellow positions in the laboratory of Dr. Han-Rong Weng in the Department of Biomedical Sciences. The goal of research projects led by the principal investigator (PI) is to identify molecular and synaptic mechanisms underlying pathological pain conditions using different animal (mice or rats) models. The incumbents will provide advanced professional research support to research projects led by the PI; apply advanced research skills and neuroscience knowledge to follow or adapt protocols and techniques to accomplish the requirements of the research; design research protocols with the PI, and implement research protocols independently. The successful candidates will participate actively in the preparation of manuscripts for publication. Assignments will often require originality and ingenuity when determining appropriate/best approach.
A PhD in Neuroscience or related field from an accredited college or university is required. Candidates with prior laboratory skills, and neuroscience knowledge are preferred. Experience in the field of pain research is a plus but not required. Must be highly self-motivated with a thorough understanding of research design and methodology to effectively design and implement research protocols.
The successful candidate should be able to perform a wide range of research approaches, including behavioral assessments, molecular biology (western blotting, PCR, immunohistology, and Chip assay), cell culture, and whole cell patch clamp recording techniques. Successful candidates are required to have hands-on skills with either molecular biology or electrophysiology (patch clamp recordings) skills, and have good experience with mice and rat surgery. Successful candidates are expected to be able to perform experiments independently, work as part of a team, and contribute actively to all aspects related to research projects in the labs.
For further information and to apply, please visit us at http://jobs.mercer.edu.