Scholarship: Fully funded
Degree: PhD or MD
Nationality: International Students
Application deadlines: Open until filled
The University of Kansas School of Pharmacy is located in the heart of the historic Lawrence campus, Kansas, USA. The city of Lawrence has very beautiful scenery and very low life expense, which is very suitable for academic research. The School of Pharmacy offers an excellent research environment, and has been consecutively ranked nationally among the top 10 in NIH funding since 2001. Moreover, the Cofrin Logan Center for Addiction Research and Treatment as well as KU Cancer Center provide additional substantial resources for the pursuit of excellence in drug addiction and epigenetic research.
As part of the Department of Pharmacology and Toxicology at University of Kansas, Dr. Zijun Wang’s lab (https://pharmtox.ku.edu/lab/zijun-wang) mainly focuses on revealing the circuit and molecular mechanisms underlying substance use disorders. Our current projects encompass three complementary domains of inquiry which aim to (1) characterize the brain circuits that contribute to stressed-induced vulnerability for opioid relapse; (2) establish changes in chromatin integrity, epigenetic signatures, and molecular profiles that contribute to opioid addiction; (3) determine long-term drug exposure plus prolonged abstinence-induced neuronal and synaptic plasticity. We use cutting edge and multidisciplinary approaches including genetic, molecular, cellular, and next generation sequencing tools, as well as electrophysiology, chemogenetic tools, in vivo fiber photometry, as well as pharmacological and behavioral assays. We also maintain close collaborations with molecular biologist, biostatistician, behavioral neuroscientist to complement our research approaches.
Candidates are being considered for postdoctoral/visiting scholar/Ph.D. candidate positions in our laboratory. Students and postdocs in the lab will receive individualized mentorship. All team members will be encouraged and supported to develop their own line of research. We are seeking highly motivated and collaborative colleagues, who are eager to learn and committed to conduct rigorous experiments. We encourage applicants who are interested in studying substance use disorder, DNA damage and repair, epigenetic regulation of gene transcription, and neuronal/synaptic plasticity to join our team. We encourage applications from underrepresented minorities.
Neuroscience, molecular biology, cell biology, pharmacology, bioinformatics, data science or a related field.
- Experience in substance use disorder, DNA single strand and double strand breaks, integration of multi-omics data analysis, or programing with R.
- Good at communicating, problem solving, and decision making.
- Please send the following documents as a single PDF to [email protected]