Post Doc Fellow, Pharmacology & Systems Physiology

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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.


Dr. James Herman at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine Department of Pharmacology & Systems Physiology is recruiting a 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.


Dr. Herman is 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.

Minimum Requirements

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.

Compensation and Benefits

UC offers a wide array of complementary and affordable benefit options, to meet the financial, educational, health, and wellness needs of you and your family. Eligibility varies by position and FTE.

  • Competitive salary range dependent on the candidate's experience.
  • Comprehensive insurance plans including medical, dental, vision, and prescription coverage.
  • Flexible spending accounts and an award-winning employee wellness program, plus an employee assistance program.
  • Financial security via our life and long-term disability insurance, accident and illness insurance, and retirement savings plans.
  • Generous paid time off work options including vacation, sick leave, annual holidays, and winter season days in addition to paid parental leave.
  • Tuition remission is available for employees and their eligible dependents.
  • Enjoy discounts for on and off-campus activities and services.


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 Equal Opportunity Employer.


REQ: 88981 


Post Doc Fellow, Pharmacology & Systems Physiology

Date:  May 8, 2024

Cincinnati, OH, US

Facility:  Main Campus

Nearest Major Market: Cincinnati

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