Career Opportunities

 Postdoctoral Position in Heart Failure

A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Scott Levick for a motivated, hard-working individual to study the role of neuropeptides in adverse remodeling of the heart leading to heart failure. This includes neuropeptide regulation of mast cell, fibroblast, and cardiomyocyte function. Experience in mouse surgical techniques is preferred, with special consideration given to individuals who have experience performing transaortic constriction surgery. In addition, the successful candidate will carry out isolated cell cultures and a variety of molecular techniques including real time PCR, western blotting, immunohistochemistry and transfections of cultured cells. While prior experience in all of these molecular techniques is not required, individuals already possessing these skills in addition to surgical skills, will be given greater consideration.

Interested candidates should submit their CV, a cover letter describing their experience and research interests, as well as contact information for three (3) referees to Scott Levick, PhD at

 MCW Presidential Postdoctoral Scholoar

Position Purpose

Perform intravital multiphoton imaging for neuroscience studies. The project will use in vivo multiphoton imaging and activity-dependent reporters to investigate neural ensembles engaged by drug and non-drug motivated behavior.

The successful candidate will have published proficiency in intravital imaging and motivation to develop techniques to image superficial and subcortical structures. Candidates should have strong communication skills, a record of scientific productivity, and a desire to work both independently and as part of a team.

The Neuroscience Research Center is home to over 100 neuroscientists and the Medical College of Wisconsin has numerous core facilities and other resources to promote scientific training and multidisciplinary research.

Essential Duties

  1. Develop and conduct experiments to study neural ensembles in mesocorticolimbic circuitry engaged by self-administration of drugs of abuse and/or non-drug rewards. Develop protocols to enable long-term studies involving repeated in vivo multiphoton imaging.

  2. Perform experiments under the direction of the Principle Investigator, including other studies involving drug and non-drug motivated behaviors.

  3. Develop and conduct laboratory procedures including timely data analysis and archiving of data obtained in one or more areas of laboratory investigation.

  4. Adapt to general laboratory procedures to accomplish specific experimental goals of the laboratory, working closely in team setting with other members of the lab team.

  5. Participate in meetings with PI and other laboratory personnel to discuss and evaluate research being undertaken and in progress.

  6. Perform surgical procedures and behavioral experiments.

Other Duties

Perform other duties as assigned. Some experiments may require work on the weekends, although this is not routine.

Qualifications | Minimum Position Qualifications

Required background: PhD in Neuroscience, Cell Biology, Engineering or other relevant field. Experience with intravital imaging.

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