We are recruiting!
Our lab is located in Piscataway, New Jersey, within commuting distance to NYC. We are part of a community of 250+ neuroscience labs at Rutgers, including a world-class addiction research program.
Postdoctoral position: We are currently seeking a motivated and enthusiastic postdoc to join our team to work on a NIDA-funded project investigating the role of the orexin system in addiction and binge eating disorder. The candidate will combine animal (rat) models of drug self-administration (cocaine, fentanyl) with several advanced neuroscience approaches, including calcium imaging, chemogenetics, and viral-mediated anatomical tracing techniques. Preference will be given to applicants with experience carrying out behavioral experiments in animals and technical expertise in the approaches listed above. Most importantly, the candidate should be self-motivated, have strong oral and written communication skills (evidenced by a track record of publications) and above all, be a good lab citizen. We pride ourselves on offering an inclusive and supportive environment and we encourage applications by members of all backgrounds, including underrepresented groups.
Interested applicants should send a CV, a brief paragraph describing their interest in working in our lab, and the names and email addresses of 3 references (including current PI) to morgan.james [at] rutgers.edu
Graduate students: We currently have resources to support up to 2 graduate students in the RU School of Graduate Studies Neuroscience program.
Students interested in rotating in the James Lab can reach out to morgan.james [at] rutgers.edu
Undergraduate researchers: We are always looking for bright and enthusiastic RU students to join our team. We have a strong track record of training and mentoring undergraduate students - from first-year students seeking lab experience to seniors carrying out their senior honors thesis. Our students have an excellent record of continuing onto medical school, graduate school, and other science-related professions. Although we do not require undergraduate researchers to have prior research experience per se, a keen interest in psychiatry, psychology, neuroscience, or biology is a must, as is a willingness to work alongside others in a strong team environment. Undergraduates are asked to commit a minimum of 10 hours/week in the lab, over a minimum period of 1 year.
Interested students should send a CV, academic transcript, and a brief paragraph describing their interest in our lab to morgan.james [at] rutgers.edu
683 Hoes Lane West
Piscataway, New Jersey 08854
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