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Rutgers University

Job Description

New Jersey’s academic health center, Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS) takes an integrated approach to educating students, providing clinical care, and conducting research, all with the goal of improving human health. Aligned with Rutgers University–New Brunswick and collaborating university wide, RBHS includes eight schools, a behavioral health network, and five centers and institutes that focus on cancer treatment and research, neuroscience, advanced biotechnology and medicine, environmental and occupational health, and health care policy and aging research.
Our faculty are teachers, clinicians, and scientists with unparalleled experience who advance medical innovation and provide patient care informed by the latest research findings. We offer an outstanding education in medicine, dentistry, pharmacy, public health, nursing, biomedical research, and the full spectrum of allied health careers.
Our clinical and academic facilities are located throughout the state—at Rutgers University–New Brunswick, including Piscataway; and at locations in Newark, Scotch Plains, Somerset, Stratford, and other locations. Clinical partners include Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, Newark’s University Hospital in Newark, and other affiliates.
Through this community of healers, scientists, and scholars, Rutgers is equipped as never before to transform lives.
Posting Summary
Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey is seeking a Postdoctoral Fellow for the Child Health Institute of New Jersey within Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.

Under the direction of the Principal Investigator, the Postdoctoral Fellow will be responsible for the design, analysis, interpretation, and presentation in oral and written form of experiments focused on studying the involvement of the hypothalamus and related brain circuitry in feeding, reward, motivated behavior, and diet-induced obesity. The project is part of a larger effort in the lab to understand the role of subcortical circuitry in normal and pathological feeding and reward processes.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
  • Design, perform, and analyze experiments to define how hypothalamic circuits and related brain regions are involved in reward and feeding and how they are altered by diet-induced obesity using 2-photon imaging, electrophysiology, and behavioral assays.
  • Perform and develop cellular and behavioral assays to test the impact of diet and metabolic state on the brain and behavior.
  • Perform rodent survival surgery to implant lenses, optic fibers, or virus to generate experimental animals.
  • Perform animal husbandry on the mouse colony to maintain experimental animals, monitor animal health, and ensure that all animal protocol rules and regulations are followed.
  • Compile and analyze data with appropriate statistical analysis, conclusions, and future directions in support of future CHI research.
  • Keep up to date on the relevant literature in both peer-reviewed and preprint form and assist the PI in preparation of manuscripts and grant applications relevant to own experimental work.
  • Assist in the instruction and training of students (undergraduate and graduate) in laboratory techniques and procedures to carry out research assignments.
  • Assist in the establishment of performance standards, the selection of research methodologies and instrumentation, and coordination of experimental approaches in support of CHI research.
  • Keep clear and detailed records of procedures and experiments in accordance with laboratory guidelines, maintain data in shared and readily accessible locations, present data to the PI and other lab members.
Position Status
Full Time
Hours Per Week
Daily Work Shift
Work Arrangement
Position Salary
Based on NIH stipend scale
Annual Minimum Salary
Annual Mid Range Salary
Annual Maximum Salary
Standard Hours
Union Description
Payroll Designation
COVID-19 Immunization Requirement
Seniority Unit
Terms of Appointment
Staff - 12 month
Position Pension Eligibility
Minimum Education and Experience
  • PhD or equivalent degree in neuroscience, biochemistry, chemistry, molecular biology, psychology, computer science, biomedical engineering, biology, or relevant biomedical sciences.
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Must be able to work with rodents.
  • Must have effective oral and written communication skills.
  • Must be computer literate with proficiency in Microsoft Office.
  • Must be highly motivated, self-driven, creative, and interactive
  • Must have the ability to work both independently and collaboratively.
Preferred Qualifications
  • Experience with in vivo imaging, ex vivo electrophysiology, rodent behavior, Python/R/Matlab coding proficiency.
  • Previous research using 2-photon imaging, slice electrophysiology, optogenetics, or coding.
  • Expertise in biochemistry, cell biology, and genetics.
Equipment Utilized
  • Lab equipment, microscopes, etc.
  • General office equipment
  • Computers hardware/software
Physical Demands and Work Environment
  • Must be able to perform laboratory research.
  • Must be able to work with rodents.
  • Some lifting may be required: laboratory items and/or boxes.
  • Walking, standing, sitting is required.
  • Must pass employee health clearance, TB test and required safety and animal training.
  • Must follow all safety precautions in laboratory, as required.
Special Conditions
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Regional Campus
Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)
Home Location Campus
Downtown New Brunswick
New Brunswick
Location Details
New Brunswick, New Jersey
Pre-employment Screenings
All offers of employment are contingent upon successful completion of all pre-employment screenings.
Infection Control and Safety
This position is subject to all Rutgers University policies, including TB surveillance and other infection control and safety policies. Please review the Tuberculosis Surveillance Policy for additional information.

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