Postdoctoral Fellow

Austin, Texas
$50,004+ depending on qualifications + benefits
January 14 2019
Position Type
Full Time
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A postdoctoral position is available to investigate cell signaling mechanisms in chronic pain and drug addiction in animals and model cell systems. The goal of this work is to discover molecular mechanisms that could lead to the development of novel therapeutics for these conditions.

Our location and resources provide an optimal environment for scientists.  The laboratory is located within the Dell Medical School in the new Health Discovery Building on the UT Austin campus.  Lab space is adjacent to nine other neuroscience research labs, with shared facilities that include a Nikon Imaging Center, flow cytometry/cell sorting core facility and a newly-constructed vivarium in the building.  All shared core facilities elsewhere at UT Austin are available for use.  Together, the facilities provide opportunities to utilize a variety of approaches including cell culture, molecular biology, genomics, protein chemistry, immunohistochemistry, flow cytometry, small animal surgery, magnetic resonance imaging, behavioral studies, and generation of knockout and transgenic animals.

The Messing lab ( is part of the Department of Neuroscience (College of Natural Sciences), the Department of Neurology (Dell Medical School), and the Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research.  It draws graduate students from two interdisciplinary graduate programs: the Institute for Neuroscience and the Institute for Molecular and Cellular Biology.  These groups provide a rich environment for pursuing cross-disciplinary neuroscience research using the latest cutting-edge approaches.

Applicants should have received a PhD in Neuroscience or a related field within the past three years and have experience in cell and molecular biology and rodent behavior.  Experience in electrophysiology is considered a plus. The applicant must be highly self-motivated and able to work independently as well as in a team.  The applicant also must have excellent time-management and organizational skills, and strong verbal and written communication skills.

Interested candidates should send their application materials (CV, cover letter and contact information for three references) to