Principle Investigator: Julia Chen-Sankey, Ph.D., M.P.P.
Website: https://sph.rutgers.edu/julia-c-chen-sankey
Dr. Chen-Sankey is a social and behavioral public health scientist and an assistant professor in the Department of Health Behavior, Society, and Policy at the Rutgers School of Public Health. She is also a core faculty member of the Rutgers Institute for Nicotine & Tobacco Studies. She is investigating the influence of e-cigarette and cannabis product marketing among young adults through various methodologies including content coding marketing materials, online survey experiments, in-person and remote eye-tracking experiments, and qualitative in-depth interviews.


Principle Investigator: Rafiq Huda, Ph.D.
Website: hudalab.org
Dr. Huda is an assistant professor in the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at the Rutgers School of Arts & Sciences in New Brunswick. esearch program leverages cutting-edge neuroscience technologies to deconstruct the reciprocal interactions between neural circuit function and alcohol-related behaviors in preclinical mouse models. Our current work focuses on how interneuron subtypes shape prefrontal cortical activity patterns relevant for binge alcohol drinking and how repeated exposure to alcohol modifies these circuits, ultimately leading to compulsive alcohol use. 
The Huda lab is seeking postdoctoral fellows interested in assisting lab personnel with experiments, including histology, immunohistochemistry, and behavioral experiments.
To apply, please send: 1) a detailed CV; 2) a cover letter describing your previous research, future research goals, and interest in our lab; and 3) contact information for three references. Prior experience with one or more of following techniques is highly desirable: in-vivo or ex-vivo physiology techniques (two-photon microscopy, slice electrophysiology, extracellular recordings), mouse surgeries, mouse behavior, and coding in MATLAB and/or Python.


Principle Investigator: Anna Konova, Ph.D.
Website: www.konovalab.com
The Addiction & Decision Neuroscience Laboratory at Rutgers University, directed by Dr. Anna Konova, studies motivational states, decision making, and addiction. We are affiliated with the Department of Psychiatry, the University Behavioral Health Care (UBHC), and the Brain Health Institute (BHI) at Rutgers University – New Brunswick, as well as the Rutgers-Princeton Center for NeuroPsychiatry (CCNP) housed within the BHI. Current main research themes in the lab center on: 1) computational and neuroimaging studies of decision making and drug addiction; 2) the modulatory role of craving and other motivational states in these processes; and 3) studies in the general population and in people with addiction, depression, and other conditions on how reward value is constructed in the brain and how it shapes health behaviors.
The lab is looking for talented post-grads who hold a PhD, MD or MD/PhD in psychology, cognitive neuroscience, or a related field. They are especially interested in candidates who are enthusiastic, curious, and have excellent analytical, programming, and communication skills. Experience in human brain imaging is a plus. Please contact Dr. Konova (anna.konova@rutgers.edu) if you are interested in doing a postdoc in the ADN lab.


Principle Investigator: Edward Yurkow
Website: https://research.rutgers.edu/cores/rumic
The Rutgers University Molecular Imaging Core (RUMIC), located within the vivarium of the RWJMS Research Tower (Busch Campus), provides imaging resources for the non-invasive evaluation of structural features and biological processes in living systems, disease models, ex vivo organs and preserved specimens. Physical objects (e.g., biomaterials, viscous fluids, ice crystals, assembled electronics, polymers, medical devices, etc.) can also be evaluated. Comprehensive imaging modalities for the basic and preclinical sciences include MRI, PET/CT, microCT, nanoCT, Optical/X-ray Imaging and High-Resolution Ultrasound/Echocardiography. Image reconstruction, animation, 3D displays and quantitative image analysis can be conducted at RUMIC workstations or via remote access to advanced VivoQuantTM software. The Core is located within an animal holding facility for serial imaging, anesthesia, surgery, animal treatment and veterinary care.
Email: ed.yurkow@rutgers.edu


  • Postdoctoral Fellowship, Division of Addiction Psychiatry, Rutgers Robert Wood Johnson Medical School – Under the direction of the Principal Investigator, the Postdoctoral Fellow position will encompass work on various aspects of research projects ranging from inception (e.g., study formulation, grant-writing, protocol development etc.) to manuscript publication. The Postdoctoral Fellow will participate in the implementation of research studies relating to behavioral interventions for substance use disorders, including mindfulness-based treatments and motivational interviewing. These studies will primarily focus on the treatment needs of individuals with chronic pain and opioid, tobacco, and other substance use disorders. Mentorship for developing research ideas and methods, conducting clinical trials, and writing grants will be provided. Clinical opportunities and supervision for clinical hours available. Candidates should have a doctoral degree in psychology, social work, counseling or related field, research experience, and writing skills. Applicants should have ability to lead and collaborate with multidisciplinary teams. To become a part of our vibrant community, applicants should submit a CV, cover letter and a brief statement of research accomplishments and plans to Dr. Nina Cooperman, cooperna@rwjms.rutgers.edu.

  • The Rossi Lab is recruiting motivated candidates at all levels, especially postdocs interested in using deep brain two-photon calcium imaging and electrophysiology to study the neural basis of feeding and obesity. Please contact Mark Rossi for more information.

  • Dr. Gary Aston-Jones’ lab is seeking a postdoctoral associate with experience in rodent behavior or brain immunohistochemistry. This postdoc will work on research into brain substrates of addiction or depression using advanced behavioral economic and other behavioral and neurotransduction approaches in rat drug self-administration models. Research will use orexin-cre rats and local microinjections of DIO viral vectors, immunohistochemical analyses, as well as assays for addiction- or depression-like behavioral phenotypes to identify brain circuits responsible for addiction or depression. Join a leading neuroscience lab at Rutgers, with a strong record of post-doctoral mentorship and training, in an exciting new circuit-level approach to understanding and developing new therapies for addiction, depression and related mental health disorders.  Applicants must have a strong academic record of independent research with a PhD or MD degree. Expertise with rodent behavior or brain immunohistochemistry is required. Applicants should submit a curriculum vitae, names of 3 references and a cover letter expressing their interest and qualifications to Gary Aston-Jones, Ph.D., Director, Rutgers Brain Health Institute at bhidirector@ca.rutgers.edu.

  • The Pan Lab led by Dr. Pingyue Pan in the Department of Neuroscience and Cell Biology in Rutgers University – Robert Wood Johnson Medical School invites applications for postdoctoral positions. The primary research interest in the lab is to understand dopaminergic signaling and its dysregulation in disease conditions. They are interested in exploring cellular and molecular mechanisms underlying both Parkinson’s disease and substance use disorder. Currently, they are investigating the Synj1 gene, which is linked to multiple dopamine-related illnesses. If you are interested, please send your curriculum vitae along with the names of three references to: pingyue.pan@rutgers.edu.

  • A postdoctoral or more senior research position is available in the Department of Molecular Biology and the Office of Population Research at Princeton University to study the social determinants of young adult cardiovascular health as well as genetic, epigenetic and environmental interactions. The postdoc will collaborate with researchers to analyze newly collected biosocial data – The Cardiovascular Health Among Young Adults Study (FF-CHAYA) – obtained from 22 US cities between Sept. 2021 and Sept 2023. FF-CHAYA is a follow-up data collection effort for participants in the Future of Families and Child Wellbeing Study (FFCWS) (https://ffcws.princeton.edu). Applicants should apply online at https://www.princeton.edu/acad-positions/position/32201 and submit a CV, a cover letter describing research interests, and contact information for three references. This position is subject to the University’s background check policy and is Federally-funded. Essential Qualifications: A Ph.D. in a related field is required.