Postdoctoral Researcher

Epigenetics, Memory and Addiction Lab @ Temple University. PI: Mathieu Wimmer, PhD
Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (US)
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Closing date
Mar 9, 2023

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Life Sciences, Molecular Biology, Neuroscience
Position Type
Full Time
Job Type
Postdoc, Postdoc Fellowship
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A Postdoctoral Researcher position is available in the Memory Epigenetics and Addiction Laboratory at Temple University. The lab focuses on the epigenetics of drug addiction using pre-clinical rodent models. We are seeking an experienced molecular biologist or developmental biologist to lead studies of the transcriptome and epigenome following exposure to drugs of abuse.  

The successful candidate will be expected to participate in multiple projects studying changes to epigenetic processes in the brain and germline following chronic opioid exposure. The candidate will have a Ph.D. in neuroscience, biology or related fields, a strong background in statistics, and extensive experience with molecular biology. The candidate must have strong communication and interpersonal skills, and be capable of working with large collaborative teams. 

Technical expertise in standard basic molecular and cellular techniques, including chromatin immunoprecipitation (ChIP), quantitative PCR (qPCR), and Western blotting is required for this position. Experience generating and analyzing large sequencing data sets is preferred. Candidates must be enthusiastic, self-motivated, dedicated to science and problem solving. Responsibilities will include leading projects, data processing, drafting manuscript and assisting with grant applications for the lab. The candidate must be willing to assist our team in its collective research goals, be detail oriented and possess strong organizational skills. The candidate will be expected to manage and work on multiple projects. Please submit a cover letter, CV and the names of three references.


The once controversial idea that parental experiences, such as stress or diet, can shape the physiology and behavior of their offspring via epigenetic mechanisms has become an active area of research. Dr. Mathieu Wimmer studies the influence of drug abuse in fathers (sires) on future generations. His research program combines animal models of drug addiction and memory formation with molecular biology techniques to investigate the impact of paternal drug taking on drug-related behaviors and memory formation in progeny. Dr. Wimmer is also interested in epigenetic remodeling events in the brain that underlie these inherited changes in behavior. Dr. Wimmer received his PhD from the University of Pennsylvania under the mentorship of Dr. Ted Abel. His postdoctoral training under the guidance of Dr. Chris Pierce at Penn focused on the transgenerational epigenetics of cocaine addiction. Dr. Wimmer’s research is funded by the National Institute on Drug Abuse.

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