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Post Doc Fellow, Pharmacology & Systems Physiology

Date: Jun 9, 2021

Location: Cincinnati, OH, US

Company: University of Cincinnati

Current UC employees must apply internally via SuccessFactors > http://bit.ly/UCEMPL


Founded in 1819, the University of Cincinnati embarks upon its third century – building on the past and defining the future by leading urban, public universities into a new era of innovation and impact through its strategic direction, Next Lives Here. Underscoring the power of creativity, ingenuity, invention and inclusion, what’s Next will accelerate our unrivaled momentum, evidenced by eight straight years of record enrollment and rankings that include placement among America’s top 100 public universities by U.S. News & World Report. Home to a diverse student body of nearly 47,000 and more than 4,200 distinguished faculty, the university combines its Research 1 (Very High Research Activity) Carnegie Classification with a physical setting that The New York Times recently acclaimed as “the most ambitious campus design program in the country.


Job Overview

As one of the oldest medical schools in the country, the UC College of Medicine has a reputation for training best-in-class health care professionals and developing cutting-edge procedures and research that improves the health and clinical care of patients.


Drs. Yvonne Ulrich-Lai and James Herman at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Department of Pharmacology & Systems Physiology are recruiting a jointly mentored Postdoctoral Fellow to work on their recently funded multi-PI NIH grant. The project explores the idea that altered activity in brain stress-reward circuits drives the stress-buffering effects of pleasurable behaviors. More specifically, it identifies the neurocircuit mechanisms by which chronic engagement with a natural (food) reward protects from the adverse consequences of chronic stress on anxiety- and sociability-related behaviors. The experiments use a variety of methodological approaches, including neuroanatomical tract tracing, DREADDs, and a variety of behavioral tests. The incumbent will conduct research and analyze research data and ensure that all experiments are appropriately conducted following the policies and procedures of the University of Cincinnati. Positions are temporary appointments as a research trainee.


Drs. Herman and Ulrich-Lai are part of a large, highly interactive group of faculty at the University of Cincinnati who are focused on stress-related mental health research. This community provides a great training environment and has a strong history of preparing trainees for successful independent careers in science.

Essential Functions

  • Conduct research experiments in a particular field within the pre-determined research scope and methodology.
  • Gather and analyze data and develop new ideas that promote current research.
  • Prepare data summaries, reports, manuscripts and presentations of research results.
  • Participate/assist in manuscript writing for publication in scientific journals and/or presentation; may assist in grant writing.
  • Keep informed of developments in field to maintain and enhance professional expertise.
  • Lab maintenance, including equipment maintenance and ordering of supplies, as needed.
  • May teach techniques to others, train, and mentor junior research staff.
  • Engage in appropriate training and professional development opportunities. 
  • Play an active role in seeking career and research advice, both from the faculty supervisor and from other faculty members as well. 
  • Perform related duties based on departmental need. This job description can be changed at any time.

Required Education

Doctoral Degree in Neuroscience, Physiology, or related field.

Additional Qualifications Considered

Prior research experience and publications in the fields of stress, feeding and reward neurobiology.

Experience with the following laboratory procedures/techniques: measurement of feeding and stress-related behaviors in small animals, small animal stereotaxic brain surgeries, use of viral vectors, immunohistochemistry, neuroanatomy, and microscopy.

Demonstrate attention to detail, strong organizational skills, good communication skills, and good teamwork.

Physical Requirements/Work Environment

  • Office environment/no specific unusual physical or environmental demands.


The University of Cincinnati, as a multi-national and culturally diverse university, is committed to providing an inclusive, equitable and diverse place of learning and employment. As part of a complete job application you will be asked to include a Contribution to Diversity and Inclusion statement.


As a UC employee, and an employee of an Ohio public institution, if hired you will not contribute to the federal Social Security system, other than contributions to Medicare. Instead, UC employees have the option to contribute to a state retirement plan (OPERS, STRS) or an alternative retirement plan (ARP).


The University of Cincinnati is an Affirmative Action / Equal Opportunity Employer / Minority / Female / Disability / Veteran.


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