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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Washington State University
Spokane, Washington State
Monthly Salary: Commensurate with education and experience.
Closing date
Dec 12, 2021

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The Frank Laboratory for Sleep Regulation and Function is seeking an outstanding Postdoctoral Research Associate to conduct research into the interactions between glia, neurons, and sleep in brain development, synaptic plasticity, and neurodegenerative disease. The Postdoctoral Research Associate will join a diverse group of neuroscientists and sleep biologists at Washington State University and will have the opportunity to work with cutting-edge neuroscience techniques, including 2-photon microscopy in vivo, optogenetics, and genomic/proteomic platforms.

This position will be involved in ongoing neurobiological research in a variety of vertebrate models and will lead independent research projects. More specifically, the Postdoctoral Research Associate will plan and conduct brain plasticity and behavioral/sleep/circadian experiments using in vivo and in vitro approaches and prepare the results for dissemination via peer-reviewed scientific articles and presentations at scientific meetings. 

DUTIES AND RESPONSIBILITES: (note (E) indicates an Essential Function)
75% Research (E)

Plan and conduct experiments and related research directed toward ultimate publication, prepare articles for publication.
Participate in grant writing efforts, including seeking self-funding.
Work with graduate and/or undergraduate research assistants in conducting research projects.

20% Presenting Data/Publications

Analyze, interpret, and disseminate findings through peer-reviewed scientific publications (first or corresponding author) and/or via conference oral and/or poster communications.

5% Service-Other

Evaluate scientific papers and publications, provide training to junior laboratory staff where applicable.
Other duties as assigned.

Required Qualifications:

A recently earned PhD in Neuroscience, Biology, or other related discipline.

Preferred Qualifications:

Experience in designing and executing original research in neuroscience using in vivo approaches.
Strong quantitative skills, including experience with a variety of multivariable analytic techniques.
Proficiency in one or more programming languages for analysis of large datasets and data processing (e.g., SAS, STATA, R, Python, MATLAB).
Experience in the use of transgenic animals, optogenetics or chemogenetics in vivo.
Experience in designing and executing circadian and/or sleep experiments.
Experience in genomic and proteomic studies of the brain.
Experience in synaptic plasticity.
Experience in glial biology.
Experience in neurodevelopment.

Additional Information:

Area/College: Elson S. Floyd College of Medicine
Department Name: Department of Translational Medicine and Physiology
City, State, Zip: Spokane, WA 99202
Department Link:
Monthly Salary:   Commensurate with education and experience.
FTE: 100%
Permanent/Temporary: Temporary
Tenure/Non-Tenure: Non-tenure

Screening Begin Date: August 30, 2021
Background Check: This position has been designated by the department to require a background check.
Application Instructions: At the time of application, please be prepared to submit a cover letter and curriculum vitae clearly identifying how you meet the requirements. Within the online application, please include contact information for at least three professional (3) references.
Required Documents: Cover letter and Curriculum Vitae

Time Type:

Full time 

Position Term:

12 Month 

WASHINGTON STATE UNIVERSITY IS AN EQUAL OPPORTUNITY/AFFIRMATIVE ACTION EDUCATOR AND EMPLOYER. Members of ethnic minorities, women, special disabled veterans, veterans of the Vietnam-era, recently separated veterans, and other protected veteran, persons of disability and/or persons age 40 and over are encouraged to apply.

WSU employs only U.S. citizens and lawfully authorized non-U.S. citizens. All new employees must show employment eligibility verification as required by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.

WSU is committed to providing access and reasonable accommodation in its services, programs, activities, education and employment for individuals with disabilities. To request disability accommodation in the application process, contact Human Resource Services: 509-335-4521 (v), Washington State TDD Relay Service: Voice Callers: 1-800-833-6384; TDD Callers: 1-800-833-6388, 509-335-1259(f), or

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WSU is Washington's land-grant university with campuses located in Everett, Pullman, Spokane, Tri-Cities, and Vancouver. Additionally, research centers are located throughout the state, extension offices are located in every county in Washington, and online degree programs are offered worldwide. WSU employees promote academic excellence and innovative research that serves the state, nation, and world. With a focus on innovation, excellence, and accountability, continual enhancement of research and educational endeavors are at the core of WSU's strategic priorities. See here for additional information about WSU's statewide locations.

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