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Position Information

Position Information:

Working Title: Postdoctoral Associate
Faculty Rank: Postdoctoral Associate
Posting Number: SR0170323
About Virginia Tech:

Virginia Tech is a public land-grant university, committed to teaching and learning, research, and outreach to the Commonwealth of Virginia, the nation, and the world. Building on its motto of Ut Prosim (that I may serve), Virginia Tech is dedicated to InclusiveVT—serving in the spirit of community, diversity, and excellence. We seek candidates who adopt and practice the Principles of Community, which are fundamental to our on-going efforts to increase access and inclusion, and to create a community that nurtures learning and growth for all of its members. Virginia Tech actively seeks a broad spectrum of candidates to join our community in preparing leaders for the world.

Position Summary:

A postdoctoral position is available in the lab of Dr. Kendra Sewall in the Department of Biological Sciences at Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia. The candidate will work on a project examining the effect of the social environment on glucocorticoids, neural plasticity, cognition, and social behavior in songbirds. The successful applicant will rear zebra finches in captivity and conduct hormone manipulations and cognition studies, as well as histology and immunohistochemistry to examine makers of neural plasticity.

The project will require that the postdoc carrying out extensive behavioral experiments in captivity including surgeries for hormone manipulations and assays of cognition. The successful candidate will also conduct hormone assays (EIA or RIA), histological work, and immunohistochemistry in the lab. Experience with animal cognition, social network models, RFID technology, immunohistochemistry and/or qPCR is a plus. The aim of the study is to understand the role of glucocorticoids in mediating the impacts of the social environment on the brain and behavior. The postdoc will be involved in all aspects of the project and thus will receive broad training in behavior, cognition, and neuroendocrinology. The successful applicant will join a group of exceptional researchers in organismal biology, including Drs. Joel McGlothlin, Ignacio Moore, Dana Hawley, Martha Munoz, Jeff Walters, and Bill Hopkins.

Required Qualifications:

Must have completed a PhD degree in Biology or related fields prior to the start date. Strong publication record, communication skills, organizational skills, teamwork, and leadership ability required.

Preferred Qualifications:

Previous relevant field and lab research experience and some postdoctoral experience preferred.

Employment Conditions: Must have a criminal background check
Must have a conviction check: Yes
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How to Apply for this Job:

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SR0170323. Attach your cover letter summarizing your professional goals and research interests and your CV. Please send contact information for at least two professional references to Kendra Sewall ( Review of applications will begin on September 30, 2017. Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify the search chair by the review begin date. Virginia Tech is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Institution. Individuals with disabilities desiring accommodations in the application process should notify the search chair by the review begin date.

Employee Category: Research Faculty
Appointment Type: Restricted
If restricted or temporary, enter end date: one year
FLSA Status: Exempt: Not eligible for overtime
Tenure Status: Non-Tenure Track
Academic Year or Calendar Year: Calendar Year
Percent Employment: Full-time
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Pay Band
Pay Range: Commensurate with experience.
Department: Biological Sciences
Location: Blacksburg
Location, if not Blacksburg:
Location Zip Code: 24061
Work Schedule: M-F, 8-5, could vary
Job Posting Date: 08/15/2017
Review Begin Date: 09/30/2017
Job Close Date(if applicable):
Restricted to university employees only? No
Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Statement:

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, gender expression, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, genetic information, or veteran status; or otherwise discriminate against employees or applicants who inquire about, discuss, or disclose their compensation or the compensation of other employees, or applicants; or any other basis protected by law.

For inquiries regarding non-discrimination policies, contact the executive director for Equity and Accessibility at 540-231-2010 or Virginia Tech, North End Center, Suite 2300 (0318), 300 Turner St. NW, Blacksburg, VA 24061.

Reasonable Accommodation Statement:

If you are an individual with a disability and desire accommodation please contact the hiring department.

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Required Documents

Required Documents
  1. Resume/Curriculum Vita
  2. Cover Letter
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