Postdoc Position at North Carolina State University

The Position

The Lucas Lab in the Department of Molecular Biomedical Sciences at North Carolina State University is seeking a postdoctoral researcher to join the team. We conduct preclinical research in mouse models to understand the mechanisms underlying susceptibility to psychiatric illness. The successful candidate will lead a project investigating how stress interacts with biological sex to promote susceptibility and resilience to affective disorders. This interdisciplinary project will incorporate several cutting-edge techniques, including whole-brain circuit mapping, chemogenetics, and cell-specific transcriptional profiling, with whole-cell slice electrophysiology and behavioral analysis.

The successful trainee will have opportunities to collaborate with other labs in our growing interdepartmental and intercollegiate neuroscience community, as well as with other groups in the Research Triangle (Duke University, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, NIEHS, and local industry). In addition to training in experimental methodology, trainees will receive comprehensive professional development in scientific publication and communication, grant writing, and laboratory management from Dr. Lucas and through the Office of Postdoctoral Affairs. Ultimately, the primary goal of this position is to facilitate transition of the fellow to an independent scientific career. The initial appointment will be for 1 year with the opportunity for reappointment. 

The Candidate


  • PhD in neuroscience or related field
  • Required skills include expertise (or strong desire to gain expertise) in whole-cell slice electrophysiology, strong written and oral communication skills, familiarity with Microsoft Office and statistical analysis software, organizational skills, and high attention to detail.
  • Preferred skills include rodent behavioral testing, stereotaxic surgery, whole-brain activity mapping, and/or computational methods.
  • Desire to mentor undergraduate trainees in independent research projects.

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit their current CV, names and contact information for 3 references, a one-page statement of interest, and a writing sample to Dr. Lucas at [email protected].

Please mention that you saw this vacancy on Scientifica's website when applying.