Postdoc position: Monkey models of Alzheimer's Disease

The Bliss-Moreau, Baxter, and Morrison Labs are currently recruiting a postdoctoral scholar to work on a project exploring the behavioral consequences of early Alzheimer’s Disease related neuropathology in rhesus monkeys. The grant that is funding the position is a multi-PI grant (with Bliss-Moreau, Baxter, and Morrison as PIs); the postdoc will have an opportunity to work closely with all of the PIs, even though the position will be primarily housed in the Bliss-Moreau Lab. The postdoc will join a vibrant laboratory studying the neurobiology of affective processing across the lifespan, with emphasis both on disease models (e.g., mood disorders, fetal Zika virus infection, Alzheimer’s disease) and healthy affect and social behavior. 

We are particularly interested in candidates who have experience carrying out behavioral work with nonhuman primates and are eager to learn about the neurobiology supporting the behavior. In addition to carrying out the work for the grant, the person who fills this position will have an opportunity to work on other projects in the Bliss-Moreau Laboratory (including writing up existing data sets). Candidates with strong data analysis skills and writing skills are particularly encouraged to apply.

The Bliss-Moreau Lab is part of the Department of Psychology and the California National Primate Research Center, both of which are at UC Davis.

Qualifications: A Ph.D. in Psychology, Neuroscience, Animal Behavior or related field.  Competitive candidates should have strong communication skills (both written and oral) and strong analytic skills.  The ability to work as part of a large, dynamic team as both a team member and leader is also important.

Contract and Pay: An initial contract commitment of one year will be made, with the ability to extend for additional years upon mutual agreement and our hope is to find a candidate who is willing to stay in the lab for the duration of the behavioral work associated with the grant (4 years).  University of California postdocs are unionized and pay rate will be at the standard negotiated rate, which is more than the National Institutes of Health pay scale, and commensurate with experience.  The position includes benefits.

To Apply:  Please send application materials to Dr. Bliss-Moreau as a single PDF attachment.  Please include:

-       A cover letter that details your scientific background, interests, and expertise, as well as an indication of your specific training goals for a postdoctoral fellowship.  Please also include contact information for at least 2 professional references.

-       Your CV

-       Examples of your scientific writing (published manuscripts, pre-prints, or dissertation chapters)

Review of applications will begin immediately and continue until the position is filled. 

Additional Details:

The candidate must be willing to perform assigned duties in a BioSafety Level (BSL) 2 or 2+ facility where nonhuman primates may be either naturally or experimentally infected with potentially hazardous infectious agents such as Herpes B virus or Zika Virus.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, or protected veteran status. UC Davis is committed to maintaining an atmosphere that is free from all forms of discrimination, harassment, exploitation, and intimidation.

Eliza Bliss-Moreau