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Postdoctoral Fellow
University of Texas at Austin in Austin, Texas
 
 
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Date Posted 04/29/2021
Category
Admin-Other Administrative Positions
Employment Type FullTime
Application Deadline Open until filled
 
 
 
 
 

Job Posting Title:

Postdoctoral Fellow

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Hiring Department:

Department of Neuroscience

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Position Open To:

All Applicants

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Weekly Scheduled Hours:

40

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FLSA Status:

Exempt

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Earliest Start Date:

May 01, 2021

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Position Duration:

Expected to Continue Until Apr 30, 2024

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Location:

UT MAIN CAMPUS

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Job Description:

The Harris Lab in the Center for Learning and Memory in the Department of Neuroscience at The University of Texas at Austin seeks a Postdoctoral Fellow with a background in behavior and genetics and an interest in learning about structure-function relationships at the nanoscale – serial electron microscopy level. The purpose of the project is to test the importance of the spine apparatus in synapse growth and clustering. Formation of a spine apparatus requires the actin binding protein synaptopodin. LTP and learning are impaired in the mouse synaptopodin knockout. Our published results show, however, that the developmental onset and profile of enduring LTP in mice is more variable than in rats, making mice a less dependable model for the project. Hence, we have generated a constitutive synaptopodin knockout rat. We would like to recruit a postdoctoral fellow who would work to develop the conditional rat knockout to allow controlled elimination of the spine apparatus early during development or at adult ages to test whether the spine apparatus is necessary for LTP-related synapse growth and clustering. We have access through an ongoing collaboration with the UT-Austin core to generate the conditional knockout rat.

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Job Details:


General Notes

Funding for this project is guaranteed for three years. Applying for postdoctoral fellowships and transitional grants such as the NIH K99-R00 will be facilitated.


Responsibilities

  • Perform behavioral and electrophysiology tests on the conditional knockout rat.

  • Acquire extramural funding sources and maintain publishing record in high quality journals.

  • Assist in training of undergraduate and graduate students in basic laboratory maintenance.


Required Qualifications

Doctoral degree in Neuroscience received within the last three years. Two years research experience. Proven ability to work as a member or leader of an integrated research team and to present research to professional peers.


Preferred Qualifications

Excellent computer skills with particular emphasis on data acquisition and analysis software development. Professional demeanor and good interpersonal skills.


Salary Range

$53,760


Working Conditions

  • May work around chemical fumes.

  • May work around standard office conditions.

  • May work around biohazards.

  • May work around chemicals.

  • Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation.


Required Materials

  • Resume/CV

  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor

  • Letter of interest

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded.  Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.

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Employment Eligibility:

Please make sure you meet all the required qualifications and you can perform all of the essential functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.

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Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

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Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

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Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer , complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

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Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

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Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.

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E-Verify:

The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university’s company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197. For more information about E-Verify, please see the following:

  • E-Verify Poster (English) [PDF]
  • E-Verify Poster (Spanish) [PDF]
  • Right To Work Poster (English) [PDF]
  • Right To Work Poster (Spanish) [PDF]

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Compliance:

Employees may be required to report violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). If this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting. Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in HOP-3031 .

The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report. You may access the 2020 report here or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616 Guadalupe, Suite UTA 2.206, Austin, TX 78701.



Job Posting Title:

Postdoctoral Fellow

----

Hiring Department:

Department of Neuroscience

----

Position Open To:

All Applicants

----

Weekly Scheduled Hours:

40

----

FLSA Status:

Exempt

----

Earliest Start Date:

May 01, 2021

----

Position Duration:

Expected to Continue Until Apr 30, 2024

----

Location:

UT MAIN CAMPUS

----

Job Description:

The Harris Lab in the Center for Learning and Memory in the Department of Neuroscience at The University of Texas at Austin seeks a Postdoctoral Fellow with a background in behavior and genetics and an interest in learning about structure-function relationships at the nanoscale – serial electron microscopy level. The purpose of the project is to test the importance of the spine apparatus in synapse growth and clustering. Formation of a spine apparatus requires the actin binding protein synaptopodin. LTP and learning are impaired in the mouse synaptopodin knockout. Our published results show, however, that the developmental onset and profile of enduring LTP in mice is more variable than in rats, making mice a less dependable model for the project. Hence, we have generated a constitutive synaptopodin knockout rat. We would like to recruit a postdoctoral fellow who would work to develop the conditional rat knockout to allow controlled elimination of the spine apparatus early during development or at adult ages to test whether the spine apparatus is necessary for LTP-related synapse growth and clustering. We have access through an ongoing collaboration with the UT-Austin core to generate the conditional knockout rat.

----

Job Details:


General Notes

Funding for this project is guaranteed for three years. Applying for postdoctoral fellowships and transitional grants such as the NIH K99-R00 will be facilitated.


Responsibilities

  • Perform behavioral and electrophysiology tests on the conditional knockout rat.

  • Acquire extramural funding sources and maintain publishing record in high quality journals.

  • Assist in training of undergraduate and graduate students in basic laboratory maintenance.


Required Qualifications

Doctoral degree in Neuroscience received within the last three years. Two years research experience. Proven ability to work as a member or leader of an integrated research team and to present research to professional peers.


Preferred Qualifications

Excellent computer skills with particular emphasis on data acquisition and analysis software development. Professional demeanor and good interpersonal skills.


Salary Range

$53,760


Working Conditions

  • May work around chemical fumes.

  • May work around standard office conditions.

  • May work around biohazards.

  • May work around chemicals.

  • Repetitive use of a keyboard at a workstation.


Required Materials

  • Resume/CV

  • 3 work references with their contact information; at least one reference should be from a supervisor

  • Letter of interest

Important for applicants who are NOT current university employees or contingent workers: You will be prompted to submit your resume the first time you apply, then you will be provided an option to upload a new Resume for subsequent applications. Any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) will be uploaded in the Application Questions section; you will be able to multi-select additional files. Before submitting your online job application, ensure that ALL Required Materials have been uploaded.  Once your job application has been submitted, you cannot make changes.

Important for Current university employees and contingent workers: As a current university employee or contingent worker, you MUST apply within Workday by searching for Find UT Jobs. If you are a current University employee, log-in to Workday, navigate to your Worker Profile, click the Career link in the left hand navigation menu and then update the sections in your Professional Profile before you apply. This information will be pulled in to your application. The application is one page and you will be prompted to upload your resume. In addition, you must respond to the application questions presented to upload any additional Required Materials (letter of interest, references, etc.) that were noted above.

----

Employment Eligibility:

Please make sure you meet all the required qualifications and you can perform all of the essential functions with or without a reasonable accommodation.

----

Retirement Plan Eligibility:

The retirement plan for this position is Teacher Retirement System of Texas (TRS), subject to the position being at least 20 hours per week and at least 135 days in length. This position has the option to elect the Optional Retirement Program (ORP) instead of TRS, subject to the position being 40 hours per week and at least 135 days in length.

----

Background Checks:

A criminal history background check will be required for finalist(s) under consideration for this position.

----

Equal Opportunity Employer:

The University of Texas at Austin, as an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer , complies with all applicable federal and state laws regarding nondiscrimination and affirmative action. The University is committed to a policy of equal opportunity for all persons and does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, national origin, age, marital status, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, gender expression, disability, religion, or veteran status in employment, educational programs and activities, and admissions.

----

Pay Transparency:

The University of Texas at Austin will not discharge or in any other manner discriminate against employees or applicants because they have inquired about, discussed, or disclosed their own pay or the pay of another employee or applicant. However, employees who have access to the compensation information of other employees or applicants as a part of their essential job functions cannot disclose the pay of other employees or applicants to individuals who do not otherwise have access to compensation information, unless the disclosure is (a) in response to a formal complaint or charge, (b) in furtherance of an investigation, proceeding, hearing, or action, including an investigation conducted by the employer, or (c) consistent with the contractor’s legal duty to furnish information.

----

Employment Eligibility Verification:

If hired, you will be required to complete the federal Employment Eligibility Verification I-9 form.  You will be required to present acceptable and original documents to prove your identity and authorization to work in the United States.  Documents need to be presented no later than the third day of employment.  Failure to do so will result in loss of employment at the university.

----

E-Verify:

The University of Texas at Austin use E-Verify to check the work authorization of all new hires effective May 2015. The university’s company ID number for purposes of E-Verify is 854197. For more information about E-Verify, please see the following:

  • E-Verify Poster (English) [PDF]
  • E-Verify Poster (Spanish) [PDF]
  • Right To Work Poster (English) [PDF]
  • Right To Work Poster (Spanish) [PDF]

----

Compliance:

Employees may be required to report violations of law under Title IX and the Jeanne Clery Disclosure of Campus Security Policy and Crime Statistics Act (Clery Act). If this position is identified a Campus Security Authority (Clery Act), you will be notified and provided resources for reporting. Responsible employees under Title IX are defined and outlined in HOP-3031 .

The Clery Act requires all prospective employees be notified of the availability of the Annual Security and Fire Safety report. You may access the 2020 report here or obtain a copy at University Compliance Services, 1616 Guadalupe, Suite UTA 2.206, Austin, TX 78701.


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