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BHI Postdoctoral Fellow
Rutgers University in New Brunswick, New Jersey
Date Posted 01/23/2022
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Position Details
Recruitment/Posting Title BHI Postdoctoral Fellow
Job Category Staff & Executive - Research (Laboratory/Non-Laboratory)
Department RWJ - Brain Health Institute
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 six centers and institutes that focus on cancer treatment and research, neuroscience, clinical and translational research, 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 including New Brunswick, Piscataway, Newark, Scotch Plains, Somerset, Blackwood, and other locations. Clinical partners include Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital in New Brunswick, 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 Brain Health Institute (BHI) within the Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School.  Under direction of the Principal Investigator, the Postdoctoral Fellow  will work as part of a highly integrated research team utilizing a variety of laboratory technologies and approaches. Specialized skills in behavioral pharmacology are required for this position to studying the neural basis of addiction, reward and cognition. S/He will work as part of a highly integrated research team utilizing a variety of laboratory technologies and approaches, including modeling: addiction in laboratory animals, immunohistochemistry optogenetics, DREADDs, and in-vivo electrophysiology.
Among the key duties of this position are the following:
  • Conduct research into brain substrates of mood, memory and other neuropsychiatric disorders in rat models.
  • The project includes developing a new approach to treat such disorders involving circuits that regulate the brain locus coeruleus system.
  • The research will use intravitreal injections of DREADD vectors, immunohistochemical analyses, as well as assays for depression-like behavior as well as anxiety and memory tests, in wild-type as well as Alzheimer’s disease model rats.
  • Analyze data, organize and present findings at laboratory meetings and major scientific meetings. 

Position Status Full Time
Hours Per Week
Daily Work Shift
FLSA Exempt
Grade 99S
Position Salary
Annual Minimum Salary
Annual Mid Range Salary
Annual Maximum Salary
Standard Hours 37.50
Union Description Non-Union
Payroll Designation PeopleSoft

Rutgers offers a comprehensive benefit program to eligible employees. For details, please go to http://uhr.rutgers.edu/benefits/benefits-overview .
Rutgers also offers a benefit program to eligible full-time postdoctoral fellow students. For details, please go to https://finance.rutgers.edu/healthcare-risk/insurance/postdoctoral-health-insurance.

COVID-19 Immunization Requirement
Seniority Unit
Terms of Appointment Staff - 12 month
Position Pension Eligibility None

Minimum Education and Experience
  • A PhD degree in neuroscience or a relevant science, with a focus on behavioral models of addiction or decision-making. 
Required Knowledge, Skills, and Abilities
  • Demonstrates a record of productivity as first author on one or more scholarly peer reviewed publications.
  • Training in animal handling and behavioral models of addiction, as well as experience in biological techniques; including electrophysiology· and microdialysis techniques, microinjection of pharmacological agents, tissue sectioning and processing, immunohistochemistry and microscopy.
  • Able to operate standard laboratory equipment such as centrifuges, incubators, shaking incubators and plate readers.
  • Proficiency in English for both verbal and written communications is a requirement. 
Preferred Qualifications
Equipment Utilized
Physical Demands and Work Environment
  • Ability to lift up to 25 pounds. 
Special Conditions

Posting Number 21ST2732
Posting Open Date
Special Instructions to Applicants
Regional Campus Rutgers Biomedical and Health Sciences (RBHS)
Home Location Campus Downtown New Brunswick
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