Research Opportunities

For Postdoctoral Candidates:

Our group is seeking an ambitious and highly motivated postdoctoral scholar to perform research on the neurobiological mechanisms underlying nicotine reinforcement and aversion. The applicant will be responsible for the design and implementation of experiments to study neuronal pathways and extracellular signaling factors underlying drug dependence. Investigations will include viral knockdown/reexpression, DREADD/optogenetic manipulations, microvesicle isolation and characterization (e.g., flow-cytometry, RT-qPCR, cell culture and/or miRNA microarray), electrophysiology and intravenous drug self-administration. The overall goal of these investigations is to identify novel mechanisms mediating tobacco/nicotine dependence and potential targets for therapeutic development.

The candidate is required to have a Ph.D. in Neuroscience or related area. A successful candidate should also have strong problem-solving, writing and communication skills. Previous experience and proficiency with in vitro neuronal culture, molecular assays, slice electrophysiology and/or generation of designer viral constructs is also preferred. .

Qualified candidates should send their curriculum vitae, statement of research experience and interests, and contact information of three references to Dr. Christie Fowler at  Updated: April 2017

For Undergraduate Students:

If you would like to begin participating in research in our laboratory, you must meet the following requirements:

» Minimum duration of time commitment: 1 year 
» Minimum number of hours per week: 8 (>2 hr blocks if across days)
» Available and willing to work on weekends
» Willing to work with rodents

If you meet these requirements and are self-motivated, hard working and eager to gain experience in neuroscience/addiction research, please contact Dr. Fowler at



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