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Position TypePermanent Faculty Working TitleResearch Assistant ProfessorPosition NumberAppointment TypeFixed Term FacultySalary RangeFull-time/Part-timeFull TimeIf part-time, hours per weekFTEVacancy IDFAC0003018Posting Open Date11/08/2019Application Deadline11/22/2019Open Until FilledNoProposed Start Date01/06/2020Position SummaryThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Department of Psychiatry invites applicants for a full-time (fixed term) Research Assistant Professor who will be involved in research activities in the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies. Research responsibilities include broad collaborative involvement with members of the Bowles Center for Alcohol Studies in the design, development and implementation of molecular, behavioral, and mechanistic preclinical studies evaluating the onset, maintenance, and progression of alcohol-seeking and related behaviors in mice. Expertise in grant writing, inferential statistics, and scientific manuscript writing is required. Further duties include teaching postdoctoral fellows, graduate and undergraduate students, conducting professional lectures and training seminars, supervising students and interns, and presenting at national and international conferences on the neurobiological basis of alcohol addiction.

Educational RequirementsQualified applicants will have completed a Ph.D. in experimental psychology with a focus on psychopharmacology and behavioral neuroscience and at least three years of relevant supervised postdoctoral experience.

Qualifications and ExperienceExperience with proteomics methods (2D differential in-gel electrophoresis), bioinformatics, inferential statistics, immunohistochemistry in brain sections, and immunoblot techniques applied to the analysis of neural changes related chronic operant alcohol self-administration in mice is required. Expertise with Med-Associated self-administration and locomotor equipment is required. Broad experience with mouse models of addiction (self-administration and relapse) and neuropsychiatric disorders (anxiety, aggression, depression, learning and memory, and sensory processing), surgical methods, optogenetic techniques, surgical experience, and preclinical assessments of behavior related to alcohol dependence in mouse models are also essential. Experience testing gene knockout and transgenic mouse models of addiction and age-related diseases, such as Alzheimer’s disease, is required. Finally, the incumbent will have extensive experience in laboratory and personnel management. Candidates with strong publication records and participation in team-based preclinical addiction research are preferred.

Equal Opportunity EmployerThe University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill is an equal opportunity and affirmative action employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender, gender expression, gender identity, genetic information, national origin, race, religion, sex, sexual orientation, or status as a protected veteran.

Special InstructionsInterested candidates may apply by going to and attaching a curriculum vitae, letter of application and two reference letters.

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Department Contact Name and TitleLaura Catherine NewtonDepartment Contact Telephone or EmailLaura_Newton@med.unc.eduContact InformationIf you experience any problems accessing the system or have questions about the application process, please contact the University’s Executive Vice Chancellor and Provost office at (919)-962-1091 or send an email to

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