Research Associate, The Department of Pediatrics

The Department of Pediatrics at Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine has a Research Associate position available in the study of brainstem circuitry for an international collaboration with the Howard Florey Research Institute. Successful candidates will have at least 3 years experience in working with the in situ rat brainstem preparation and a thorough knowledge of brainstem mechanisms at the molecular level and systems physiology.                                                                                     

 The responsibilities for this position include applying existing methods and as appropriate developing new methods for analyzing brainstem circuitry in healthy rats and those with disease processes including hypertension. The position will entail a thorough pharmacological evaluation of brainstem circuitry so an in depth knowledge of neurotransmitter systems is essential. In addition to conducting original research the position will require (1) coordination of local, national and international efforts on NIH and industry-funded projects, (2) to present research results at national and international conferences, and (3) write original research papers and reviews.

The Candidate will have technical skills in (1) surgical preparation of the isolated brainstem from rat pup, (2) performing electrophysiogical studies of brainstem circuitry and neural activity of associated vagal, sympathetic and phrenic nerves, (3) computer soft-ware analyses of the data obtained from the individual experiments, (4) immunohistochemistry in order to map the presence of key proteins within the brainstem circuits of interest, and (5) statistical and writing skills to prepare reports and manuscripts.

Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interests, and arrange for at least three letters of reference to

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