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Postdoctoral Researcher in Neuroscience

Tacoma, Washington, USA

University of Puget Sound

Open until filled

Contact Siddharth Ramakrishnan


As a part of the NSF Early CAREER award (2013-2018) to Dr. Siddharth Ramakrishnan, A full-time research position is available beginning Fall 2013 for a Postdoctoral Researcher to engage in research on the effects of endocrine disruptors on the development and physiology of neurons controlling reproduction both in the embryo and in adulthood. The position will entail research, animal care and undergraduate research training. This initial appointment is expected to end August 31, 2014, with possibility of renewal upon mutual agreement.

The scope of the project will span developmental neuroscience, neuroendocrinology, neurophysiology and behavior. Building upon previous work by the Principal Investigator (PI), exploring physiology of GnRH neurons in the developing embryo ( and the developmental impact of Bisphenol A on fish development (, the project aims to understand the development of the GnRH neuron circuitry from embryo to adults. Using elegant transgenic fish models, the GnRH neuron system and its physiology will be characterized under normal conditions and also in the presence of endocrine disruptors such as BPA.

This position will offer the postdoctoral scholar an excellent research experience, as well as opportunities to interact with, and mentor undergraduate research students. Opportunities will also be provided for gaining classroom-teaching experience, with feedback/mentorship provided by both the PI, and other members of the Biology faculty. Candidates looking for an independent research environment with added experience of working in a Liberal Arts setting will gain a lot from this position. The University of Puget Sound is an undergraduate Liberal Arts College. In addition to the lab dedicated to the PI, the University also has a state of the art microscopy suite with confocal, SEM and TEM scopes, dedicated animal care facilities and behavioral labs. The postdoctoral scholar will join a growing inter-disciplinary neuroscience program ( at the University of Puget Sound and also interact with members of the diverse Biology department (

For more information, you may contact Dr. Siddharth Ramakrishnan, the Jennie M Caruthers Chair in Neuroscience at (Subject: Postdoc).

Key words: Zebrafish, GnRH, Endocrine disruptors, Electrophysiology, Confocal imaging

Essential Job Functions and Responsibilities:

Research into the development and physiology of neurons in the zebrafish brain using techniques such as electrophysiology, immunohistochemistry and confocal imaging

Animal care of zebrafish and medaka teleost fish species

Training and mentoring undergraduate students in different research techniques

Representing the lab in annual meetings and research conferences

Representing the lab through public talks and guest lectures

Mentoring undergraduates in the laboratory and train them in different research techniques

Managing the running of the lab and resources


PhD in Biological Sciences or Neuroscience or related fields

Expertise or training in any one of the following – electrophysiology, histochemistry or confocal imaging

Expertise or knowledge in fish care would be an add

About Puget Sound Puget Sound is a selective national liberal arts college in Tacoma, Washington, drawing 2,600 students from 48 states and 20 countries. Puget Sound graduates include Rhodes and Fulbright scholars, notables in the arts and culture, entrepreneurs and elected officials, and leaders in business and finance locally and throughout the world. A low student-faculty ratio provides Puget Sound students with personal attention from faculty who have a strong commitment to teaching and offer 1,200 courses each year in more than 40 traditional and interdisciplinary fields, including graduate programs in occupational and physical therapy and in education. Puget Sound is the only nationally ranked independent undergraduate liberal arts college in Western Washington, and one of just five independent colleges in the Pacific Northwest granted a charter by Phi Beta Kappa, the nation’s most prestigious academic honorary society. Visit "About Puget Sound" ( to learn more about the college.

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As a strategic goal and through our core values, University of Puget Sound is committed to an environment that welcomes and supports diversity. We seek diversity of identity, thought, perspective, and background in our students, faculty, and staff. EOE/AA


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