• Postdoctoral Research Fellowship – Behavioral Neuroscience

    Job Locations US-MA-Boston
    # of Openings
    Faculty 12 Mo
  • Overview

    For nearly 200 years, MCPHS University, formerly known as Massachusetts College of Pharmacy and Health Sciences, has been at the forefront of innovation in the healthcare world.  We take pride in our history, yet are motivated by a curiosity about the future.  That’s why we are constantly updating our state-of-the-art labs, innovating our curriculums, and adding programs to coincide with the needs of an ever-changing healthcare landscape. 


    Faculty and staff continue to bring their talents and skills to MCPHS University to contribute to our mission of guiding and supporting students toward successful and sustainable careers in healthcare.  Whatever position an employee holds, their efforts make an important impact on the overall quality of campus life. Employees are an integral part of a community that is proud of its heritage and the accomplishments that make MCPHS University a first-class educational institution.


    Applications are invited for a postdoctoral fellowship in the behavioral neuroscience laboratory at MCPHS University in the School of Arts and Sciences.  The initial term of appointment will be one year, with a possibility of renewal for an additional one-year term based upon productivity, successful performance, and continued availability of funding. This position is funded through an active grant from NIMH to study sex-differences in inflammatory-induced fetal programming and the underlying epigenetic mechanisms that promote resiliency following exposure to environmental interventions. The position would be particularly well-suited for a candidate considering a career at a small liberal arts/ health sciences university or in industry.


    Responsibilities include:

    • Conducting behavioral experiments and analysis, neuroanatomical techniques (immunohistochemistry, qPCR, western blot) and some biochemical approaches.
    • Assisting the Principal Investigator in the supervision of undergraduate and graduate students to ensure good laboratory practice, scientific rigor, and safe engagement in meritorious research projects. 

    Additional responsibilities may be assigned by the supervisor.



    • Ph.D. degree in psychology, neuroscience, development or a related discipline
    • Demonstrated expertise in animal handling and the use of fluorescence microscopy, cellular imaging/microscopy, and molecular biology (RT-PCR, western blotting)
    • A genuine interest in the training and development of students at a primarily undergraduate university
    • Authorization to work in the United States throughout the duration of the fellowship; no visa sponsorship will be provided.

    Interested candidates should upload one PDF containing the following:

    • A cover letter with a brief description of research interests and undergraduate mentorship experience, in addition to a statement of interest in joining the laboratory
    • A curriculum vitae including all past education and training and a list of laboratory techniques in which the candidate has experience
    • A list of three faculty references

    Specific questions regarding the position should be directed to Dr. Amanda Kentner at, Associate Professor of Psychology.  Finalist candidate(s) for this position will be subject to a pre-employment background check as a condition of employment. MCPHS University is an equal opportunity employer.  Applicants who would enrich the University’s diversity are encouraged to apply.



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