Synaptic mechanisms underlying reward learning and addictive behavior
A postdoctoral position is available in the Morikawa lab at University of Texas at Austin to study synaptic plasticity mechanisms underlying reward learning in the mesolimbic dopaminergic system. We are currently interested in the following two questions. 1) How does the timing of reward and dopamine regulate synaptic plasticity and learning? 2) How do daily life experiences (e.g., exercise, stress, etc.) affect the reward learning mechanisms? The primary techniques used in the lab include brain slice electrophysiology, confocal calcium imaging, flash photolysis of caged compounds, optogenetics, and rodent behavioral analysis. The Morikawa lab is affiliated with the Department of Neuroscience and Waggoner Center for Alcohol and Addiction Research.
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Previous experience in at least one of the following techniques is desirable:
In vitro/in vivo electrophysiology, calcium imaging, stereotaxic procedures in rodent brain
The candidate should have a PhD or MD in neuroscience-related field. The initial appointment will be 2 years with a possibility of extension. The salary will be based on NIH scale.
To apply, please send current CV with publication record, brief statement of research interest, and names of 2-3 references to Hitoshi Morikawa (email@example.com).
Internal Number: 9299
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