Job Title: Postdoctoral Research Fellowship Position
Position Description: We are seeking a postdoctoral scholar, funded by the National Institutes of Health (NIH)/National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), to join the Behavioral Neuroscience group in the Psychology Department at the University of Texas at El Paso. The postdoctoral fellow will form part of the UTEP Vulnerability Issues in Drug Abuse: Career and Research Trans-disciplinary Training Program (VIDA:CARTT) that focuses on research opportunities together with professional development activities. The postdoctoral fellow must have a strong long-term desire to establish an independent line of research focused on drug addiction research.
Research activities in behavioral neuroscience will focus on intrinsic mechanisms that contribute to neural sensitization, potentially utilizing in vivo intracerebral microdialysis, in vivo chronoamperometry, electrophysiology and cell/molecular biology that integrate neurophysiology with behavior. UTEP neuroscience provides exciting opportunities for collaboration with research faculty in Biological Sciences, Chemistry, Engineering, Computer Science, as well as the Behavioral Neuroscience cohort. Attendance at professional conferences to disseminate research results is expected.
Professional development is a specific aim of this position, so a mentoring committee will provide career advisement. The postdoctoral fellow is expected to participate in workshops that promote success, grit and cultural capital empowerment, as well as ethics and professional development. Training opportunities include grant-writing seminars, mentored manuscript writing, preparation for job applications, interviews, job talks, negotiation. Emphases will also be placed on developing an extended network that will foster collaborations and development beyond the postdoctoral experience and through the tenure process.
Successful candidates will be interested in and capable of conducting research in a multidisciplinary context and engage in the professional development activities. The postdoctoral fellow will begin with 1-year appointment, with reappointment for a second year contingent on satisfactory progress.
About UTEP & El Paso: UTEP celebrated its centennial year in 2014, and is the second oldest academic institution in The University of Texas System. UTEP is the only national research university with a Mexican-American majority student body and is second among all continental US colleges and universities in awarding bachelor's degrees to Hispanics. The University enrolls 23,000 students and employs more than 3,000 faculty and staff. The University's rapidly growing research portfolio in the sciences, engineering, health fields, and other areas brings in more than $83 million per year, ranking UTEP fourth in federal research expenditures among the public universities in Texas. With a 2013 and 2014 ranking by Washington Monthly magazine as one of the top 10 universities in the nation – and #1 for promoting social mobility among its graduates – UTEP is well on its way to becoming the first national research university with a 21st-century student demographic. For more information about UTEP, please visit our website: www.utep.edu.
El Paso is a highly livable, bicultural community of 800,000 people, which offers affordable homes and attractive neighborhoods. It is the safest large city in the United States. Sheltered by mountains on three sides, El Paso experiences more than 300 days of sunshine annually, and residents enjoy outdoor activities year-round. El Paso is adjacent to both the state of New Mexico and the country of Mexico, making it the nation's leading area for cultural diversity and border health research. El Paso is the sixth largest city in Texas and 19th largest city in the United States.
Required Qualifications: Candidates must have an earned a doctorate in Psychology, Neuroscience or other affiliated discipline by their start date (immediately available). They must have a background in neuroscience and have a strong desire to participate in professional development training. They must also be able to work effectively with faculty, staff, and students from diverse ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic backgrounds.
Minimum Experience Required: No years of experience; or equivalent combination of education and experience. Knowledge of statistical concepts and methods and their application to research analysis; of measurement, testing, and evaluation; and of research methods, principles, techniques, and philosophies. Skilled in conducting qualitative and quantitative research and in using computers, software, and statistical tools and programs. Ability to plan, organize, and oversee research projects, evaluate research data, ensure the development of measuring instruments with respect to reliability, relevance, and validity, interpret and publish research findings, and communicate effectively.
Physical Demands: The physical demands described here are representative of those that must be met by an employee to successfully perform the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is frequently required to sit and talk or hear. The employee must occasionally lift and move up to 10 pounds.
Work Environment: The work environment characteristics described here are representative of those an employee encounters while performing the essential functions of this job. Reasonable accommodations may be made to enable individuals with disabilities to perform the essential functions.
While performing the duties of this job, the employee is occasionally exposed to fumes or airborne particles; toxic or caustic chemicals; risk of electrical shock; and risk of radiation. The noise level in the work environment is usually moderate.
Appointment Date and Salary: The anticipated appointment date for the position is immediately available. Salaries are competitive and based on NIH guidelines for postdoctoral positions.
Application Procedure: Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. Only electronic submissions will be accepted. Please submit as separate documents (1) a letter of application; (2) a curriculum vita; and (3) a list of three professional references including names, addresses and telephone numbers. Please submit all the documents to Dr. Eddie Castañeda (email@example.com), and also complete an online application at www.utep.edu/employment. In your letter of application, you must specify your interest in intrinsic mechanisms of neural sensitization, led by Dr. Eddie Castañeda (Psychology).