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Postdoctoral Research Associate

Texas A&M University

Job Description

Job Title

Postdoctoral Research Associate


Texas A&M University Health Science Center


Neuroscience & Experimental Therapeutics

Proposed Minimum Salary


Job Location

Bryan, Texas

Job Type


Job Description

What we believe

Texas A&M University is committed to enriching the learning and working environment for all visitors, students, faculty, and staff by promoting a culture that embraces inclusion, diversity, equity, and accountability.  Diverse perspectives, talents and identities are vital to accomplishing our mission and living our core values .”

Who we are

As one of the fastest-growing academic health centers in the nation, the Texas A&M University Health Science Center encompasses five colleges and numerous centers and institutes working together to improve health through transformative education, innovative research and team-based health care delivery.

What we want

The Health Science Center (HSC) is looking for a Postdoctoral Research Associate to serve as a member of the Neuroscience & Experimental Therapeutics team in the Srinivasan lab. We desire an individual who subscribes to and supports our commitment as stated above. The successful applicant will bring an expert level of research experience to the position and understand the demands of supporting executives in a fast-paced environment. This person must be professional, enjoy working in a high-volume environment and be able to apply strong organizational skills while being flexible in their daily routine. If this is you, we invite you to apply to become a member of our team.

Job Description Summary

The postdoctoral researcher is responsible for conducting lab experiments, analyzing and communicating data in the form of primary research articles, aiding in grant writing, supervising undergraduate students and performing routine lab duties as required.


Required Education:

Appropriate doctoral degree.

Preferred Education:

PhD in Neuroscience or related discipline

Preferred Experience:

Four (4) years of experience in performing bench research

Experience with astrocytic mitochondrial physiology and mouse behavior

Required Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Skills in stereotaxic mouse surgery, confocal microscopy, live imaging of brain slices for mitochondrial calcium and dynamics, mouse behavior, manuscript preparation and ability to communicate research results clearly.

Ability to multi-task and work cooperatively with others.

Preferred Special Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities:

Knowledge of Parkinson’s disease, mouse neuroanatomy, neuronal function and astrocyte biology

Job Responsibilities

Experimental research

  • Live imaging of Ca2+ signals in mouse brain slices with confocal microscopy

  • Mouse behavior experiments related to Parkinson’s-related motor and non-motor behaviors

  • Mouse brain sectioning, immunostaining and imaging using confocal microscopy and slide scanner imaging

  • Stereotaxic injections of adeno-associated viral vectors into the mouse brain

Data analysis

  • Sort and quantify data obtained using live slice imaging of Ca2+ signals

  • Apply complex statistical analysis methods to data acquired from electrophysiology, Ca2+ imaging and mouse behavioral experiments

  • Interpret differences in data, and design follow-up experiments

  • Communication of scientific results at lab meetings and scientific conferences

Manuscript and grant proposal writing

  • Writing the first draft and editing primary research articles for publication

  • Aiding in writing research grant proposals to the NIH and NSF

Other Duties

  • Performs other duties as assigned.

Instructions to Applicants: Applications received by Texas A&M University must either have all job application data entered or a resume attached. Failure to provide all job application data or a complete resume could result in an invalid submission and a rejected application. We encourage all applicants to upload a resume or use a LinkedIn profile to pre-populate the online application.

All positions are security-sensitive. Applicants are subject to a criminal history investigation, and employment is contingent upon the institution’s verification of credentials and/or other information required by the institution’s procedures, including the completion of the criminal history check.

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