Description of Postdoctoral position: The laboratory of Dr. James P Curley in the Department of Psychology at The University of Texas at Austin invites applications for an available postdoctoral position. The successful candidate will be involved in studies of complex social dynamics of group-living mice and rats (e.g. Williamson et al 2016 Animal Behavior, Lee et al 2017 Proceedings Royal Society, Williamson et al 2017 Hormones & Behavior). Specifically, the project involves the development of RFID tracking and behavioral analysis of individual rodents housed in large vivaria and investigation of the neurobiological mechanisms underlying dynamic social behavior in social groups. The successful candidate should be highly motivated and have a strong background in statistical analysis and programming and in depth experience of rodent behavioral assessments. Experience in some of the following neurobiological methods are also desired: histology, immunohistochemistry, real-time PCR and rodent surgery. The position offers an excellent opportunity to join a highly collaborative team in the vibrant UT Austin research community.
Qualifications: The position requires that the applicant have a PhD in psychology, neuroscience, zoology or a related field by the time of employment. The candidate should be highly motivated and able to work independently as well as in a team. Strong verbal and written communication skills in English are also desired.
Appointment: The initial appointment will be for three years. The position is available as of September 2018 and applications will be considered until the position is filled. Salary is commensurate with experience, according to NIH guidelines. 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.
Lee W, Khan A & Curley JP, 2017, Major Urinary Protein Levels are Associated with Social Status and Context in Mouse Social Hierarchies, Proceedings Royal Society B 284: 20171570.
Williamson CM, Lee W & Curley JP, 2016, Temporal Dynamics of Social Hierarchy Formation and Maintenance in Male Mice., Animal Behaviour 115:259-72.
Williamson CM, Romeo RD & Curley JP, 2017, Dynamic changes in social dominance and mPOA GnRH expression in male mice following social opportunity, Hormones & Behavior 87:80-88.
The successful candidate should be highly motivated and have a strong background in statistical analysis and programming and in depth experience of rodent behavioral assessments. Experience in some of the following neurobiological methods are also desired: histology, immunohistochemistry, real-time PCR and rodent surgery.