Postdoc position in Comparative Womb-to-Tomb Affective Neuroscience

The Bliss-Moreau Lab is currently recruiting a postdoctoral scholar with expertise in behavioral neuroscience, histology, autonomic nervous system recordings, and/or neuroimaging. 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.  The position will be funded via multiple grants to the laboratory, allowing the postdoctoral scholar to become involved in multiple projects. The lab has a number of archival data sets which are ready to be analyzed and written up as well.

We are particularly interested in candidates who have research experience working with nonhuman animals, especially nonhuman primates, although candidates who do not have such experience but have a proven track record of strong data analysis and writing skills will be considered.

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, Biological Anthropology, or related fields with demonstrated excellence, broadly defined (that is, we don’t care so much about high JIF papers, but are looking for published papers that are engaging and well written, fellowship applications that whether funded or not speak to scientific promise, creative experimental designs, demonstrated mentoring skills, etc.).  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.  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 commiserate 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 on August 26, 2019 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