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Teaching Post-Doctoral Fellow - Neuroscience

Bryant University

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Teaching Post-Doctoral Fellow - Neuroscience

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Job Type Temporary / Full Time

Reports To Assistant Professor Position Summary
Bryant University is a private New England university with a tradition of innovation and a global vision for success. Our new strategic plan, Vision 2030 , sets a trajectory for the next decade through academic excellence, outstanding student life, competitive athletics and student outcomes among the nation’s top 1% for ROI.

A grant-funded teaching postdoctoral fellow position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Kristin Scaplen within the Department of Psychology and the newly established School of Health and Behavioral Sciences at Bryant University. The Scaplen Laboratory studies neural circuitry mechanisms of memory for natural and alcohol reward using the fruit fly Drosophila melanogaster and a combination of behavioral, neurogenetic, and fluorescent imaging techniques. The candidate will contribute to these research questions and is encouraged to develop independent research projects in line with the overarching research focus of the Principal Investigator.
The candidate will also receive pedagogical training while teaching 1-2 courses per semester within the Department of Psychology and Health Science Program and engage in meaningful mentoring relationships with students in an undergraduate-powered lab.
This position is most suitable for a candidate interested in ultimately obtaining a faculty position at a primarily undergraduate institution. We are particularly interested in applications from individuals of diverse backgrounds and a commitment to supporting diversity and equal opportunity in education and research.
Salary in commensurate with the NIH guidelines for Postdoctoral Researchers. Applications will be considered until the position is filled.

Principal Accountabilities

1.) Candidate will conduct independent research projects, during the academic year and full-time in the summer months, in line with the overarching research focus of the Principal Investigator.
2.) Candidate will mentor undergraduate research students in the laboratory.
3.) Candidate is expected to present research findings at regional and international meetings and assist in writing manuscripts.
4.) Candidate is expected to teach courses in the Department of Psychology and Health Sciences Program at the introductory and advanced level during the academic year.

Certain requirements are subject to possible modification to reasonably accommodate persons with disabilities. Regular attendance at assigned job site and the ability to work collaboratively with co-workers and constituents are essential functions of this position.


Candidate must have a doctoral level degree in neurobiology, neuroscience, biology, psychology, or related field at the time of hire and an interest in teaching undergraduates at a primarily undergraduate institution. Preference will be given to candidates with experience addressing research questions using the Drosophila melanogaster model system. Preference will also be given to candidates with experience in Drosophila genetics, optogenetics, and in vivo imaging methods, but highly motivated candidates with alternate experience are encouraged to apply.
The ideal candidate will be dedicated to basic research with strong communication skills and analytical skills, including statistical analysis of data using R, Python, Matlab, or SPSS. Candidate should have a strong background in behavior, genetics, cell biology, and/or molecular biology.

Working Environment

Bryant University recognizes that its position as a leader in higher education is greatly determined both by the diversity of its campus community and its intellectual endeavors. Its commitment to link academic and social diversity for the benefit of the learning and living environment reflects its belief that excellence and diversity are mutually reinforcing objectives. We are committed to building an equitable and inclusive campus community, one that values individual difference and fosters greater understanding of the many facets of diversity and other distinctive characteristics that make us different. We encourage applications from candidates with an appreciation for and understanding of diverse backgrounds and experiences. Learn more about our ongoing commitment to building a community of inclusive excellence.

Posting Number : FAC01573

Open Date : 09/26/2022

Open Until Filled : No

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