Postdoctoral Scholar

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October 03 2019
89926: Erlee Meyers
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type
Job Type

Pennsylvania State University College of Medicine

Position Title
Postdoctoral Research Fellow in Behavioral Neuroscience

PI and Department
Dr. Zheng-Ming Ding at Department of Anesthesiology.

Job Description
Dr. Ding's research is focused on elucidating neurobiological mechanisms underlying the development of substance use disorders, including nicotine and ethanol. Rat models and an array of behavioral, neurochemical, and molecular biological techniques are currently utilized in the lab. On-going projects investigate 1) the role of cotinine, the major metabolite of nicotine, in the development of nicotine reinforcement, 2) the involvement of mesocorticolimbic glutamate and dopamine in ethanol and nicotine use, and 3) neuro-circuitry involved in drug use. We are seeking highly motivated individuals with strong creative and critical thinking and a desire to learn and expand their interests and expertise.


  1. Ph.D. in behavioral neuroscience or related disciplines
  2. Excellent knowledge and expertise in behavioral models related to drug addiction
  3. Experience using immunoassay (Western blot, immunohistochemistry etc.) for protein analysis
  4. Experience in microdialysis and HPLC

2-3 years contingent upon satisfactory performance and the availability of funding. Salary competitive and commensurate with education and experience

Interested candidates are invited to send their curriculum vitae, a cover letter summarizing qualifications and achievements, statement of research, and a list of three references to Dr. Zheng-Ming Ding at email

About us
The College is one of the country's leading medical schools with an annual portfolio of nearly $100 million in funded research. It partners with Penn State Hershey Medical Center to form a fully integrated health system that excels in all mission areas: clinical care, research, education, and community service. Department of Anesthesiology is an integral part of the College and Medical Center and hosts a basic science research team including 5 individual PIs and laboratories that utilize more than 4,000 square feet of designated research space within the department. These laboratories are all situated on the same floor of the BMR building within walking distance, offering ample opportunity for interaction and collaboration. The College provides excellent shared-service core research facilities that provide specialized instrumentation and analytical services, including flow cytometry & cell sorting, genomic analysis, imaging services, mass spectrometry & proteomics, and transgenic & other animal services, etc. Frequent meetings and external seminars provide many opportunities for on-campus and cross-campus collaborations. For more information, please follow the link:

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