15 March, 2016
A Post-Doctoral Research Position is currently available in the Laboratory of Dr. Steven Laviolette, Depts. of Anatomy & Cell Biology and Psychiatry, at the University of Western Ontario, Schulich School of Medicine & Dentistry. Our laboratory uses an integrative combination of neuroscience research techniques, including molecular biology, behavioural pharmacology, in vivo single unit and multi-unit neuronal recordings during behavioural conditioning and measures of synaptic plasticity related to learning and memory, such as long term potentiation. We are currently examining the underlying neurobiological basis of opiate and nicotine addiction, examining how functional interactions and neuronal plasticity within the mesocorticolimbic system controls the addictive properties of these drugs (see Cereb Cortex. Dec;21(12):2665-80. J Neurosci. 31(31):11172-83; Nature Neurosci. 7(2):160-9.). In addition, we are examining how the brains cannabinoid system modulates emotional memory and related behaviours related to neuropsychiatric disorders such as schizophrenia, PTSD and addiction (see Neuropsychopharmacology;40(6):1436-47., J Neurosci. 34(39):13096-109; J Neurosci. 33:15642-51).
A background in neuronal electrophysiological recording techniques (either in vitro or in vivo) is required for this position. Experience with in vivo voltammetry and behavioural pharmacology (stereotaxic surgery, behavioural conditioning procedures) would be a strong asset.
Starting date is negotiable. Please send applications including up-to-date Curriculum Vitae directly to Dr. Steven Laviolette (SRLaviolette@gmail.com).
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