A postdoctoral research position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Shannon Stephens at Albany Medical College to study the neuronal and genetic mechanisms regulating puberty onset and adult reproduction. Dr. Stephens’ current research focuses on the regulation and function(s) of extrahypothalamic kisspeptin neurons and the role of the amygdala in modulating reproduction. Our studies utilize a variety of approaches, including molecular biology (PCR, qPCR, immunoprecipitation, RNA sequencing, in situ hybridization), genetics (primarily using transgenic mouse models), immunohistochemistry, targeted stereotaxic injections, neuronal tract tracing, microscopy, and in vivo behavioral and fertility assessments. To learn more about Dr. Stephens’ research, please visit: https://www.amc.edu/Profiles/StepheS3.cfm.
Our research group values creativity, dedication, open communication, mutual respect, and teamwork. Dr. Stephens is committed to individualized mentoring plans to help trainees gain the specific skills needed based on their scientific career goals. At a minimum, the training environment will include: career and professional development, one-on-one meetings, group lab meetings, department neuroscience seminars, presentations of your work at national and/or international scientific conferences, and manuscript preparation for publication in high quality journals. Postdoctoral fellows will also have the opportunity to participate in Albany Medical College’s new Postdoctoral Development Program (https://www.amc.edu/academic/pdp/), a college-wide program that provides career development and networking opportunities to postdocs and clinical fellows.
About Dr. Stephens and Albany Medical College:
Dr. Stephens is the newest faculty member to the Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics (DNET) at Albany Medical College. She has received external funding at the postdoctoral stage (trainee on NIH T32, awardee of NIH F32 and NIH K99) and is now opening her lab at AMC with NIH R00 funding. The DNET program is rapidly expanding with 5 new faculty members recruited over the last few years and several new faculty members being recruited for 2020, each with a focus on promoting translational research. DNET is an integral part of a large and active neuroscience community in Albany, which includes SUNY Albany, Wadsworth Center, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, and the Neural Stem Cell Institute.
Candidates must have a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Biomedical Sciences, Biology, Physiology, or related discipline. Successful candidates will have a strong track record of publications in their field. Candidates should also be highly motivated and organized, possess excellent oral and written skills, and be able to work both independently and as part of a team. Molecular biology expertise, surgical expertise (stereotaxic injections & gonadectomy), previous rodent experience, and/or a background in reproductive endocrinology is preferred.
Applications for the position should include CV, contact information for three professional references, and a cover letter describing major achievements, technical skills, career goals, and how your research interests fit within the scope of our research program. Please send application materials to Dr. Shannon Stephens; firstname.lastname@example.org; with the Subject line: Postdoctoral Research Assistant Application.
Albany Medical College follows the NIH postdoctoral fellowship pay scale based on years of experience.
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About Albany Medical College
The Department of Neuroscience and Experimental Therapeutics (DNET) at Albany Medical College is dedicated to increasing our scientific understanding and providing treatments of the future. We have expertise in epilepsy, stroke, dementia, Parkinson's disease, chronic pain, demyelinating diseases, psychiatric disorders, neuroendocrinology, and neurodevelopmental disorders.