Behavioral Pharmacologist/Toxicologist Opening


National Center for Toxicological Research

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services, Food and Drug Administration (FDA), National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR), Division of Neurotoxicology in the Office of Research is seeking to hire a highly qualified Behavioral Pharmacologist/Toxicologist to support efforts in developing and improving methods for assessing the neurobehavioral effects that result from exposure to substances regulated by the FDA. The successful candidate will serve as an integral part of the research team as an expert in the area of behavioral pharmacology and/or toxicology with special expertise in operant behavioral methodology and related procedures using animal models. Experience with assessments of a variety of cognitive functions/domains is highly desirable.  Principal duties will include the conduct of studies to support the mission of the NCTR’s Division of Neurotoxicology.

Specific tasks will include:

-          Serving as a research study director

-          Maintaining state-of-the-art behavioral pharmacology/toxicology laboratories

-          Developing research protocols and standard operating procedures for complex behavioral experiments

-          Quality control and data analysis

-          Summarizing, interpreting and reporting laboratory findings

-          Animal handling and treatment

-          Presenting research findings at professional society meetings

-          Publishing research in the peer-reviewed scientific literature

Desired Knowledge/Expertise:

-          Extensive experience with animal models relevant to cognitive function

-          Familiarity with operant behavioral techniques and principles

-          Good communication (oral and written) skills

-          Principles of pharmacology and toxicology

-          Knowledge of IACUC procedures and requirements

Minimum Qualification: This position requires an M.D., Ph.D., or equivalent, in the fields of Pharmacology; Psychobiology; Biological, Experimental or Comparative Psychology; Toxicology; Neuroscience or related field.  Preference will be given to individuals with demonstrated experience conducting rodent or nonhuman primate operant behavioral research.

The candidate must be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident.  Benefits include health and life insurance options, retirement, paid holidays, vacation and sick leave.  Preference will be given to individuals with a demonstrated record of relevant accomplishments.  Salary for this position will be commensurate with experience. Interested individuals should send a letter of application with a curriculum vitae, statement of proposed and current research interests and names with complete contact information of three references to the attention of Merle G. Paule, Ph.D., Director, Division of Neurotoxicology, NCTR, 3900 NCTR Road, Jefferson, AR 72079.  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled. FDA is an Equal Opportunity Employer. FDA/NCTR is a smoke free environment.

The NCTR, located approximately 30 miles southeast of Little Rock, Arkansas, conducts FDA mission-related research that is of critical importance to the Agency in developing a scientifically sound basis for regulatory decisions.  Over 110 Ph.D. scientists and 400 support scientists, on-site-contractors and administrative staff make up a dynamic group of professionals in the NCTR organization. Undergraduate and graduate students, post-doctoral fellows and visiting scientists also pursue education and research opportunities in a multi-disciplinary team atmosphere.  For more information on NCTR research and training activities, visit

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