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Location: Department of Anatomy and Neurobiology, Virginia Commonwealth University, Richmond, VA

Deadline: open until filled


Salary: NIH scale plus support for individual health insurance coverage


Job Description: A postdoctoral scientist position is available in Dr. Gretchen Neigh’s laboratory in the department of Anatomy and Neurobiology at Virginia Commonwealth University.  Studies in the Neigh Laboratory include investigation of the mechanisms which mediate the manifestation of sex differences in physiology and behavior following adolescent exposure to stress.  Projects place particular emphasis on molecular neuroendocrinology and psychoneuroimmunology.  More information about ongoing and recent studies is available at: http://gretchenneigh.wix.com/neighlab


Candidates must have a recent Ph.D. or equivalent degree in neuroscience or a related discipline with documented experience in behavioral neuroscience and molecular biology. Research experience utilizing rodents for behavioral assays and rodent surgery are desirable.  Verbal and written communication skills in English are essential. Candidate must have an ability to analyze data, write publishable manuscripts and skills to communicate and work effectively with others in collaborative efforts.


Interested individuals are encouraged to send a curriculum vitae, statement of research summarizing your major achievement and career goals, and a brief cover letter including the name and contact information of three references.  Applications can be sent directly to Dr. Gretchen Neigh at: gretchen.mccandless@vcuhealth.org.  A background check including fingerprinting and verification of academic credentials are conditions of employment. Virginia Commonwealth University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer.




Students interested in pursuing graduate work with us are encouraged to apply to VCU's Graduate Program in Neuroscience.


Undergraduates opportunities are not currently available but will be in the future.  Check back for updates.


Examples of papers by undergraduates in the Neigh Lab:

Two weeks of predatory stress induces anxiety-like behavior with co-morbid depressive-like behavior in adult male mice

Burgado J, Harrell CS, Eacret D, Reddy R, Barnum CJ, Tansey MG, Miller AH, Wang H, Neigh GN. 

Behav Brain Res. 2014 Sep 6. pii: S0166-4328(14)00579-8. 


Ovarian steroids influence cerebral glucose transporter expression in a region- and isoform-specific pattern.

Harrell CS, Burgado J, Kelly SD, Neigh GN.

J Neuroendocrinol. 2014 Apr;26(4):217-25. doi: 10.1111/jne.12139.


Estradiol stimulates an anti-translocation expression pattern of glucocorticoid co-regulators in a hippocampal cell model.
Malviya SA, Kelly SD, Greenlee MM, Eaton DC, Duke BJ, Bourke CH, Neigh GN.
Physiol Behav. 2013 Mar 26. doi: 10.1016/j.physbeh.2013.03.018.


Microembolism infarcts lead to delayed changes in affective-like behaviors followed by spatial memory impairment.
Nemeth CL, Shurte MS, McTigue DM, Nemeroff CB, Neigh GN.

Behav Brain Res. 2012 Oct 1;234(2):259-66. doi: 10.1016/j.bbr.2012.06.014.


Glucocorticoid sensitizers Bag1 and Ppid are regulated by adolescent stress in a sex-dependent manner.
Bourke CH, Raees MQ, Malviya S, Bradburn CA, Binder EB, Neigh GN.
Psychoneuroendocrinology. 2013 Jan;38(1):84-93. doi: 10.1016/j.psyneuen.2012.05.001. 



High school students are encouraged to apply to VCU's Medical Science Internship Program.










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