A postdoctoral position is available immediately in the laboratory of Catherine Marcinkiewcz, Ph.D. at the University of Iowa. Research in the Marcinkiewcz lab focuses on unraveling neural circuit mechanisms underlying addiction and schizophrenia using multi-level approaches that include in vivo calcium imaging, patch-clamp electrophysiology, optogenetics and chemogenetics, and 3D whole-mount immunolabeling and imaging in transgenic mice. We are also interested in the role of serotonin systems in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease and the intersection between AD and neuropsychiatric disorders. Highly enthusiastic and self-motivated individuals with a strong background in systems neuroscience, behavioral genetics, molecular mechanisms of disease and/or neuropharmacology are encouraged to apply.
We seek Postdoctoral Fellows interested in developing and leading projects in 3 main areas: (1) Central actions of serotonin in the neurobiology of alcohol and opioid dependence, 2) Neural circuits underlying the negative symptoms of schizophrenia, and 3) The role of biogenic amines in the pathogenesis of Alzheimer's disease. We are also interested in the translational potential of our findings in the area of drug development for psychiatric disorders and Alzheimer's disease. NIH funding is available for these positions, but we also encourage postdoctoral fellows to apply for extramural funding to build their CVs and grant-writing skills. Trainees will receive mentoring in grantsmanship, networking at scientific meetings, academic writing and presentation skills for future job talks and interviews.
The University of Iowa is located in Iowa City, Iowa which was recently ranked as one of the Best Places to Live according to Livability. Iowa City boasts a thriving downtown music, theatre and culinary scene, rich cultural diversity, affordable housing and a relatively low cost of living. Our lab is in the Department of Neuroscience and Pharmacology in the Carver College of Medicine (CCOM), which is conveniently located within walking distance of downtown Iowa City. We are also affiliated with the Iowa Neuroscience Institute (INI) which has a wealth of resources for budding young scientists. These include access to top notch facilities, close interaction with leaders in Psychiatry, Neurology and Neurosurgery, workshops and training programs for building grant-writing and interviewing skills, and ample funding opportunities for postdocs and graduate students. The INI has recently invested in a multi-photon system for in vivo and ex vivo biosensor imaging, a La Vision light sheet microscope, and miniature microscope systems for calcium imaging in awake, behaving animals. The interdisciplinary nature of our work means that we have close collaborations with investigators at CCOM in Psychiatry, Neurology, and Pathology, as well as with investigators in Psychology and Biology in the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences (CLAS).
With over 31,000 students, the University of Iowa is one of the nation's top public research universities, a member of the Big Ten conference and the Association of American Universities. The University of Iowa is composed of eleven colleges and is known around the world for its balanced commitment to the arts, sciences, and humanities. It is home to one of the nation's largest academic medical centers and the pioneering Iowa Writers' Workshop. The University of Iowa promotes work/life integration and is located in the casual yet cosmopolitan environment of Iowa City, widely recognized as one of the country's most livable communities.