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 Posted: November 16, 2022


Environmental Neurotoxicity Tenure Track Faculty Position in the Department of Biobehavioral Health

Penn State University Park | Full time | Posted Nov 4 | job requisition id: REQ_0000037407


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The Department of Biobehavioral Health(BBH) in the College of Health and Human Development (HHD), in partnership with the Huck Institutes for the Life Sciences, at the Pennsylvania State University invites applications for an associate or full-rank tenure-line faculty position focusing on neurotoxicology and environmental health. The position could start as early as Fall 2023. BBH, which would serve as the home department for the new position, embraces an interconnected biological and behavioral approach to health. Qualified candidates could apply this approach in multiple areas of environmental neurotoxicology that connect with other research priorities in the department, college, and University. These include, but are not limited to neurodevelopment, neurodegeneration and pathologic aging, occupational health, mental health, and addiction. In particular, neurotoxicologists interested in the interplay of environmental exposures and social determinants of health and/or in the impact of environmental exposures on vulnerable populations are encouraged to apply. We welcome applicants who have an interest in the novel and integrative approaches across a range of biological, socio-cultural, community-based, psychological, and behavioral data, including neuroscience, biomarkers, imaging, immunology, genetics, ecological momentary assessment, ambulatory sensors, qualitative approaches, computational modeling, and/or cutting-edge statistical approaches; however, qualified applicants should feature environmental neurotoxicology at the core of their research. The geographic region of the research may include work conducted globally and/or in the U.S.

The Department of BBH is a uniquely multi-faceted program that examines the space where biological, psychological, environmental, cultural, and global factors converge to affect health and wellness across the entire human lifespan. We are particularly interested in individuals whose research fits within the department’s interdisciplinary focus on integrating biological, environmental, psychosocial, and contextual processes. Although the tenure home of the position is in BBH, the successful candidate will assume a key role in interdisciplinary research collaborations and will be co-funded through the Huck Institutes for Life Sciences. The Huck Institute fosters excellence in life sciences research and graduate training through focused investment in outstanding faculty, interdisciplinary programs, and state-of-the-art facilities The successful candidate should be a collaborative leader who will promote and enhance excellence and innovation in interdisciplinary research between BBH and the Huck Institute.

This position will build on the existing strengths of BBH and the Huck Institute which include expertise in interdisciplinary research on how diverse factors interact to influence health and well-being. BBH Departmental research examines substantive areas in which biology and behavior are inextricably interconnected (e.g., behavioral neuroscience, psychoneuroimmunology, mental health, stress, sleep), issues related to chronic disease (aging, cardiometabolic health, obesity, nutrition), infectious disease (e.g., HIV), as well as pertinent areas of scholarship that provide important windows into health such as neuroscience, epigenetics, health disparities, global public health, environmental justice, epidemiology, innovative methods, prevention science, and translational science. Department faculty are highly research-active, transdisciplinary, and collaborative.

Applicants must demonstrate excellence in environmental neurotoxicology research, a strong publication record, interest in collaboration across disciplines, commitment to mentoring students or early career researchers, and a track record of (or strong potential for) external grant funding, with excellent potential to carry forward such research and funding. Responsibilities of this position include continuing a funded or fundable line of interdisciplinary biobehavioral health research, teaching graduate and undergraduate courses, supervising and mentoring student researchers, and providing service to the Department, College, and University. A doctorate in neuroscience, toxicology, biology, chemistry or a related field is required.

Penn State University, the College of Health and Human Development (HHD), BBH, and the Huck Institute strongly encourage applicants who would enrich the diversity of our academic community to apply. Interest in understudied and marginalized populations adds to the current effort in BBH. To learn more about Penn State’s commitment to diversity and inclusion see Statements on Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion for both the BBH Department and the University As an institution, we embrace individual uniqueness, foster a culture of inclusion that supports both broad and specific diversity initiatives, leverage the educational and institutional benefits of diversity, and engage all individuals to help them thrive. We value inclusion as a core strength and an essential element of our public service mission. In HHD, enriching the lives of others is our mission. We believe in the power of human capacity for growth and live that mission by meeting challenges, both big and small, with excitement and energy every day. As a part of this, we enthusiastically support both broad and specific diversity initiatives with varied strategies (including via Penn State’s offices for Educational Equity and Affirmative Action and HHD’s Office for Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion).

Penn State offers a resource-rich and inspiring higher learning environment with a significant opportunity to collaborate with researchers in the department and across many other units at the University. Numerous University-wide units, such as the Huck Institutes for the Life Sciences (and its many specialized Cores – e.g., Genomics, Metabolomics, Proteomics, and Mass Spectrometry), Center for Molecular Toxicology, Social Science Research Institute, Cancer Institute, Population Research Institute, Edna Bennett Pierce Prevention Research Center, Clinical Research Center, Rock Ethics Institute, Institutes of Energy and the Environment (and its many specialized Laboratories), Center for Healthy Aging, and Clinical Translational Science Institute offer intellectual hubs to build interdisciplinary teams and have internal funding opportunities. Other relevant resources include a Biomarker Core Lab (housed within BBH), the Social, Life, and Engineering Imaging Center, the Statistical Consulting Center, the Center for Big Data Analytics and Discovery, and the Penn State College of Medicine (90 min away in Hershey). In addition to salary and a start-up package, Penn State offers excellent benefits, including medical, dental, retirement, and tuition benefits.

Applications received by January 4, 2023 will be given full consideration, but applications will continue to be reviewed until the position is filled. To be considered for the position, applicants must complete an online application and upload: 1) a cover letter (3 pages max) that specifically addresses the job requirements and qualifications of the applicant, current and future research interests, teaching philosophy, and a commitment to fostering diversity, equity, and inclusive excellence, 2) curriculum vitae, 3) three reprints or preprints that convey research interests and expertise, and 4) contact information for four professional references who will be providing letters. We will request reference letters, with a short timeframe for response, for applicants undergoing further consideration. Questions about this position may be directed to the search committee co-chairs, Drs. Christopher Engeland ([email protected]) and Sue Siegel ([email protected]).

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Posted: October 28, 2022

Opening for Postdoctoral Research Scholar for Summer/Fall 2023
T32 Program on Biobehavioral Issues in Mental and Physical Health
Department of Psychology University of California, Los Angeles

Program Goal
The primary goal of our program is to train research scientists in the development and use of basic theories and research in psychology to elucidate issues in mental and physical health. The focus of the program is on research training in the integration of biological, psychological, social, ethnic/racial, and cultural levels of analysis to study mental health in relation to physical health. Quantitative methods, diversity science, biological mechanisms, and translational science, including research with clinical populations, are training strengths of the program. Research goals that integrate new ways of investigating psychopathology in line with the RDoC are welcomed. Persons from underrepresented groups, and persons with disabilities are strongly encouraged to apply.

Program Structure
One scholar will be appointed for two years beginning July to September 2023. A postdoctoral scholar enters the program with a designated primary and secondary faculty mentor. Individualized plans of supervised research (IDPs), involvement in labs, and appropriate coursework are designed by each trainee with mentors and approved by training directors.  

The program is led by Professors Chris Dunkel Schetter (Director), Julie Bower (Co-Director). and Annette Stanton (Co-Director). Nearly 20 faculty in psychology and other departments and schools at UCLA serve as faculty mentors in the program. These individuals have expertise in the following areas: Biological processes in mental and physical health; Psychoneuroimmunology; Stress, coping, and social support processes; Maternal and child health; Ethnic, cultural, and socioeconomic influences on mental and physical health. See website for full list of program faculty and their areas of research expertise: You may consult Director Dunkel Schetter regarding currently available primary and secondary mentors.

Requirements and Stipend
Applicants must have completed a Ph.D. from any area of psychology. In order to qualify for this federally funded grant, an applicant must be a U.S. citizen, a non-citizen national, or a foreign national possessing a visa permitting permanent residence in the U.S. Applicants are not eligible if they have received 3 years of prior PHS support. Stipend levels are set by the NIMH and depend on years of post-doctoral experience.

How to Apply
Applicants should send a brief letter describing: (1) their background, (2) area(s) of interest and possible mentors, (3) proposed objectives for the fellowship. A curriculum vitae and selected prints/reprints should be included. Applicants should also arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to the email address below. All correspondence should be addressed to: Chris Dunkel Schetter, Distinguished Professor of Psychology and Psychiatry, UCLA Department of Psychology [email protected] 

We will review applications and conduct ZOOM or in-person interviews to make final decisions. Postdoctoral offers are made on the basis of the strength of the applicant, fit with the program, and maintenance of a balance of interests among the faculty mentors. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Last date for application is January 1.

For more information:

Posted: September 20, 2022

The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

The Pathophysiology of Neuropsychiatric Disorders Program in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences is looking for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow to join their multidisciplinary and productive team.

The ideal candidate will be a Ph.D. graduate with a strong background or interest in neuroscience, immunology, molecular biology, and biochemistry. The project will involve a multidisciplinary approach combining molecular biology techniques, mouse behavioral assays and genomics. The goal of the project is to investigate neuroimmune mechanisms underlying the pathophysiology of psychiatric disorders using animal models and human tissue samples. The candidate will perform transgenic mouse experiments, mouse behavior studies and wet-lab experiments.

Application Requirements:

  • Experience in neuroimmunology research
  • Experience in animal behavior experiments
  • Experience in electrophysiology experiments a plus
  • The Fellow will take responsibility for designing and carrying out research projects assembling research results into manuscripts for publication.
  • The Fellow will help the PI in the preparation of grants for submission to funding agencies and in providing guidance and assistance to other members of the laboratory.
  • Perform molecular and cellular biology assays, such as DNA, RNA and protein isolation, Western blotting, flow cytometry, qRT-PCR, immunofluorescence and immunohistochemistry assays.
  • Maintains accurate and updated records of research activities, experiments, and results in notebooks and/or virtual documents.
  • Compile, analyze and evaluate data independently.
  • Computer proficiency: MS-word/excel required; proficiency in R, SPSS, and GraphPad Prism.
  • Participate in educational events and present research findings at meetings and conferences.

Competitive salary/benefits in line with NIH standards will be offered based on qualification.

How to Apply

Please send a current resume/CV, a cover letter and contact information of three references to:
Anilkumar Pillai, PhD | 1941 East Road | Suite 3162 | Houston, TX 77054
Faillace Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences, The University of Texas Health Science Center at Houston

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Posted: September 16, 2022

The European Psychoneuroimmunology Autumn School held it's first conference on "Lung-brain axis in health and disease" at Rauischholzhausen Castle, Germany. Trainees (doctoral students and postdocs) and PIs from the US/North America, Europe, Australia, Israel and South America were in attendance. Next year's conference will be September 2-9, 2023 on "Skin-brain axis". For more information please visit: 

Posted: September 6, 2022

The Harrison lab in the Department of Medicine, Vanderbilt University Medical Center and Vanderbilt Brain Institute is seeking up to two Postdoctoral Fellows to join our research group. The postdoctoral fellow will study diet, environmental and other health factors that impact the development of Alzheimer’s disease using rodent and cell models.

--Project 1: Impact of long-term metal (manganese) exposure on glutamatergic signaling in Alzheimer’s Disease.
--Project 2: Mechanisms underlying cognitive deficits following sepsis and delirium.

There will be the opportunity to develop independent research questions and approaches within the overarching topic area.

This position will be fully funded through R01 awards or local T32 Training Grants. Successful applicants will be encouraged to apply for their own independent funding once in the lab (e.g. NIH F32, etc.). Eligibility for NIH-T32 funding requires applicants to be a US Citizen or Permanent Resident. Position(s) available from September 15th 2022.

Vanderbilt University Medical Center offers a highly collaborative and supportive environment for early career investigators. Dedicate career support for postdoctoral fellows is available through the office of Biomedical Research Education and Training (BRET;

The Harrison Lab is committed to merit-based employment and welcomes applications from those from historically underrepresented backgrounds, including women and parents.

Candidates with interest and experience in any of the following areas are encouraged to apply:

  • Alzheimer’s disease
  • Glutamate signaling, epilepsy and EEG
  • Learning and memory, behavioral testing in rodents
  • Neuroinflammation
  • Primary cell culture
  • Neurotoxicology
  • Neurobiology of oxidative stress
  • Standard molecular biology approaches (protein, RNA, histology)

The Postdoctoral Associate will be expected to participate in all aspects of the project and lab including;

  • Project based work - research design, conducting research, data analysis, manuscript preparation
  • Lab based activities – contributing to grant applications, mentoring peers and trainees within the lab
  • Community engagement – attend local seminars and webinars, work with collaborating labs

Required qualifications:

  • Recent PhD in cell/molecular biology in a field related to neurotoxicology and/or neurodegenerative disease. PhD must be expected within 6 months, or have been awarded no more than three years prior to the effective date of appointment to accommodate VUMC policy that permits a maximum of 5-years with the job title of postdoctoral fellow.
  • Documented experience publishing primary research in peer-reviewed journals.
  • Demonstrated experience in scientific approaches in related fields.

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience with preparation of grant applications
  • Demonstrated ability to work within interdisciplinary collaborative teams.

Please contact [email protected] with a CV and brief statement of research interests.

Posted: August 15, 2022

Associate or Full Professor of Psychology; Director of the Institute for Interdisciplinary Salivary Bioscience Research
Job #JPF07760 Psychological Science / School of Social Ecology

Open date: August 1st, 2022
Next review date: Friday, Dec 2, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.
Final date: Monday, Jul 31, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

The Department of Psychological Science at the University of California, Irvine invites applications for a full-time, tenured faculty position in psychology. The position will be at the rank of Associate to Full Professor and includes the expectation that the candidate will direct the UCI Institute for Interdisciplinary Salivary Bioscience Research (IISBR)( IISBR is a research institute dedicated to advancing knowledge of biobehavioral processes for health and recovery from illness with a focus on the empirical, clinical, and applied potential of non-invasive biomarkers measured with high ecological validity. IISBR seeks to build and maintain collaborative scientific programs to evaluate and translate the value of biomarkers to improve individual and community health; provide specialized training, education, and consultation in the use and translation of salivary bioscience; and to enable access to laboratory services for the assessment of salivary and other complementary biomarkers.

Candidates must have a doctoral degree in psychology or a related field. We welcome applications from candidates whose scholarship has a strong emphasis on the use of biomarkers to address theory-driven questions that contribute to the department’s specializations in health psychology, clinical psychology, developmental psychology, or social/personality psychology. Applications are encouraged from candidates who can lead efforts in biomarker discovery and measurement. The ideal candidate will have experience directing a wet lab or core assay facility. Applicants should have an outstanding record of research, an excellent record of extramural funding, evidence of excellent teaching and mentoring, and commitment to diversity.

Priority will be given to applications received by December 2, 2022; however, applications will be accepted until the position is filled. Application materials must be submitted electronically (please refer to the Employment link at the following website for instructions: Candidates should submit a letter of interest, a curriculum vitae, and statements of research and teaching interests. References will be requested at a later stage in the search process. A separate statement that addresses past and/or potential contributions to diversity, equity and inclusion must also be included in the application materials. Qualified applicants must have the demonstrated ability to work with a diverse group of colleagues and to teach and mentor a diverse student body. Please direct confidential inquiries to the search chair, Dr. Julian Thayer at [email protected]; additional questions can be directed to Diane Enriquez at [email protected].

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

ABOUT OUR DEPARTMENT: The Department of Psychological Science at the University of
California, Irvine offers a Ph.D. in Psychological Science with a primary specialization in one of four core areas: developmental psychology, health psychology, social/personality psychology, and clinical psychology. We also offer a graduate concentration in psychology and law. Our faculty bring a multidisciplinary approach to the study of human behavior and sensitivity to the relevance of our research to individual and social problems. The faculty also share a strong commitment to training students in theory, field and laboratory research methods, clinical settings, and advanced statistical techniques.

The University of California, Irvine is one of ten campuses of the highly regarded University of California system. UCI is a minority-serving institution, a member of the prestigious Association of American Universities and ranked among the top 10 public universities in the United States. It is also located in one of the world’s safest and most economically vibrant communities. With more than 36,000 students, over 1,500 faculty, and highly ranked programs in many areas, our campus offers a wealth of opportunities for research collaboration. For more on UCI, visit

Basic qualifications (required at time of application)
Candidates must have a doctoral degree in psychology or a related field.

Document requirements

Reference requirements

Three letters of recommendation will be asked of those applicants under serious consideration.

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Posted: July 29, 2022

Open position for senior scientist and/or postdoctoral fellow: Reyes lab

Job Overview

Positions are available in the laboratory of Dr. Teresa Reyes in the Department of Pharmacology & Systems Physiology at the University of Cincinnati College of Medicine.

Studies in the lab seek to understand how early life environmental challenges can shape brain development, at the molecular, cellular, and behavioral levels. A primary interest involves understanding neuroimmune interactions that mediate environmental impacts on brain development. The lab uses multiple behavioral neuroscience techniques, including: gene expression analysis (e.g., RNAseq), immunohistochemistry and confocal microscopy, coupled with advanced cognitive/behavioral assessments.

What to expect: The candidate will be provided with training in research areas with which they are less familiar, as well as professional development opportunities. The Reyes lab is committed to a diverse and inclusive lab environment in which everyone is supported to reach their full potential.

Required Education
Ph.D in Neuroscience, Cellular and Molecular Biology, or related field

Required Experience
The candidate should have experience in standard research skills, including standard molecular and cellular biology techniques as well as prior work with rodents. Strong critical thinking, problem solving, and attentiveness to detail are required. They should also be able to lead projects and work cooperatively with others as well as communicate research results effectively.

Additional Qualifications Considered
Applicants with experience in advanced molecular techniques (i.e.,RNA-Seq) and/or computational approaches are encouraged to apply.

For more information, please contact Dr. Teresa Reyes at [email protected]


Posted: July 11, 2022

Postdoctoral Fellow (or post-Master’s) Position Available in the Osborne Lab

The Psychoneuroimmunology of Pregnancy and Postpartum (PIPPI) Laboratory focuses on clinical and translational studies of the biological mechanisms of affective and anxiety disorders at times of reproductive transition, with a special focus on the immune system. Our lab investigates changes in immune functioning across pregnancy and postpartum and how those changes may be associated with the development or exacerbation of psychiatric illness. We focus on analysis of peripheral cytokines, flow cytometry to examine immune cell counts, stimulation of cells to measure cytokine response, and extracellular vesicle communication. We also work on related systems, including the metabolism of neuroactive steroids and their relationship to GABA-A receptor configuration, as well as maternal physiological measures such as heart rate variability and skin conductance. All of our research is conducted in humans and we work in close collaboration with several basic science labs and with colleagues in neuroimaging. We are looking for a talented postdoctoral scientist to take on an active leadership role in the growth of our laboratory, particularly in the area of conducting immune analyses. There will be extensive opportunities for career development including mentoring and leading research projects, presenting original research at meetings and national/international level conferences, publications, and writing grant applications. The lab is located in the E Building of 1300 York Avenue in the Department of Obstetrics & Gynecology at Weill Cornell Medicine in New York City, NY.

Job Requirements
We are looking for motivated scientists to join our fast-paced and growing team. Candidates should have the ability to work independently as well as in a collaborative research team. The candidate is expected to have strong written and verbal communication skills, an ability to establish clear goals and organize and prioritize work, and the ability and willingness to work with a diverse team of clinicians and scientists, including postdocs, students, and technicians. Required Experience: Ph.D. with expertise in immunology, molecular biology, or neuroscience. Experience in techniques related to immunology such as flow cytometry, imaging, molecular biology and animal models of inflammation, multiplex cytokine analysis, cell stimulation, basic immunology techniques (ELISA, cytokine detection by ELISAs and multiplex), qPCR, are desirable. Strong statistical skills and skills in interpretation and analysis of data are crucial. Exceptional candidates who have these skills and a master’s degree with appropriate experience may also be eligible.

Lauren Osborne, M.D.
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