A postdoctoral position is open in the laboratory of Dr. Richard van Rijn in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology, USA

postdoctoral position is open in the laboratory of Dr. Richard van Rijn in the Department of Medicinal Chemistry and Molecular Pharmacology in the College of Pharmacy at Purdue University to work on a recently NIH-funded  R01 grant. The project proposes to study biased signaling and signal transduction pathways involved in alcohol use and anxiety-like behavior using pharmacological and pharmacogenetic tools. The experimental design will cover a wide range of skills and techniques including animal stereotaxic surgery, mouse behavior, neuronal cell culture, immunohistochemistry and Western blotting.
Qualifications: The successful candidate should hold a PhD or MD in pharmacology or neuroscience or related fields. Those candidates with prior experience running rodent behavior assays will be given strong preference as a major component of the work will comprise of animal studies.  Additionally, experience working with G protein-coupled receptors, confocal microscopy, adeno- or lentivirus is considered a strength. Candidates must be fluent in spoken and written English, as evident by at least 1 first-author paper. Successful applicants are expected to work as part of a dynamic team, providing training and mentorship when appropriate to graduate and undergraduate students, but also be able to work independently towards manuscripts for publication in peer-reviewed journals.
Environment: The van Rijn lab has a long standing interest in studying novel targets to treat alcohol use disorder and chronic pain using an approach that includes both mechanistic studies as well as drug development. The van Rijn lab is affiliated with the Purdue Institute for Integrative Neurosciencethe Purdue Institute for Inflammation, Immunology and Infectious Disease, and the Purdue Institute for Drug Discovery, which provide opportunities for pilot projects and travel grants. The Indiana Clinical and Translational Sciences Institute additionally provides unique postdoctoral fellowships and funding opportunities.
Interested candidates should submit their application letter, curriculum vitae and a minimum of 2 references that can provide letters of recommendation to rvanrijn@purdue.edu. Salary and benefits follow the NIH standard levels. Applications will be reviewed immediately.