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A postdoctoral position is available in the lab of Dr. Kendra Sewall in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. The candidate will work on a project examining the effect of the social environment on glucocorticoids, neural plasticity, cognition, and social behavior in songbirds. The successful applicant will rear zebra finches in captivity and conduct hormone manipulations and cognition studies, as well as histology and immunohistochemistry to examine makers of neural plasticity.
The project will require that the postdoc carrying out extensive behavioral experiments in captivity including surgeries for hormone manipulations and assays of cognition. The successful candidate will also conduct hormone assays (EIA or RIA), histological work, and immunohistochemistry in the lab. Experience with animal cognition, social network models, RFID technology, immunohistochemistry and/or qPCR is a plus. The aim of the study is to understand the role of glucocorticoids in mediating the impacts of the social environment on the brain and behavior. The postdoc will be involved in all aspects of the project and thus will receive broad training in behavior, cognition, and neuroendocrinology. The successful applicant will join a group of exceptional researchers in organismal biology, including Drs. Joel McGlothlin, Ignacio Moore, Dana Hawley, Martha Munoz, Jeff Walters, and Bill Hopkins.
Must have completed a PhD degree in Biology or related fields prior to the start date. Strong publication record, communication skills, organizational skills, teamwork, and leadership ability required.
Previous relevant field and lab research experience and some postdoctoral experience preferred.
Employee Category: Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Percent Employment: Full-time
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