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Postdoctoral Associate - Neuroscience (Buczynski/Gregus Lab)
Virginia Tech in Blacksburg, Virginia
Date Posted 01/14/2021
Admin-Laboratory and Research
Employment Type
Application Deadline Open until filled

Apply now Job no:514892
Work type:Research Faculty
Senior management: College of Science
Department: School of Neuroscience
Location:Blacksburg Area
Categories:Research / Scientific

Job Description

The newly established Gregus/Buczynski laboratory is seeking a postdoctoral candidate for an extramurally-funded position to support preclinical early stage drug discovery studies for chronic pain and addictive disorders. As significant sex differences exist in the mechanistic underpinnings of pain and addiction, we explore these processes in both males and females. Our laboratory employs a multi-omic approach of mass spectrometry, high-throughput cell-based assays and chemical biology in combination with in vivo microdialysis, behavioral pharmacology, molecular biology, and biochemistry to identify and validate novel druggable targets of Pain (Gregus) and Addiction (Buczynski). In addition, we are members of the Virginia Tech Center for Drug Discovery (VTCDD) ( ) and have active collaborations with industry partners as well as investigators at Scripps Research, Penn, UC San Diego, UT Austin, UT Dallas, NCATS, NIMH, and several departments within Virginia Tech.

The candidate will design, perform and analyze experiments, then communicate results and interpretations to the laboratory as well as the broader scientific community through conferences and publications. We offer training in a variety of skills transferrable to industry or academic careers tailored toward mutual goals of the trainee and sponsor. Mentorship in scientific communication and successful generation of grant proposals and manuscripts will be provided through regular interaction. Our laboratory is a team-oriented, supportive, collegial and inclusive work environment.

Required Qualifications

  • Ph.D. in Pharmacology, Neuroscience or related biomedical field. 

    (PhD awarded no more than four years prior to the effective date of appointment with a minimum of one year eligibility remaining.)

  • Experience with cell culture and molecular biology;
  • Background in pain or addiction research will be offered top priority.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Experience with mass spectrometry.

Appointment Type


Salary Information

Commensurate with Experience

Review Date

1/25/2021; Open Until Filled

Additional Information

The successful candidate will be required to have a criminal conviction check

About Virginia Tech

Dedicated to its motto, Ut Prosim (That I May Serve), Virginia Tech pushes the boundaries of knowledge by taking a hands-on, transdisciplinary approach to preparing scholars to be leaders and problem-solvers. A comprehensive land-grant institution that enhances the quality of life in Virginia and throughout the world, Virginia Tech is an inclusive community dedicated to knowledge, discovery, and creativity. The university offers more than 280 majors to a diverse enrollment of more than 36,000 undergraduate, graduate, and professional students in eight undergraduate colleges , a school of medicine , a veterinary medicine college, Graduate School , and Honors College . The university has a significant presence across Virginia, including the Innovation Campus in Northern Virginia; the Health Sciences and Technology Campus in Roanoke; sites in Newport News and Richmond; and numerous Extension offices and research centers . A leading global research institution, Virginia Tech conducts more than $500 million in research annually.

Virginia Tech does not discriminate against employees, students, or applicants on the basis of age, color, disability, sex (including pregnancy), gender, gender identity, gender expression, genetic information, national origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sexual orientation, 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 on any other basis protected by law.

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