Postdoctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Toxicology/Pharmacology

Postdoctoral Fellowship in Behavioral Toxicology/Pharmacology, Division of Neurotoxicology, National Center for Toxicological Research, US FDA


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 scientist to assist with ongoing research projects into the neurotoxic effects of commonly used pediatric anesthetic agents. The successful candidate will participate in multi-disciplinary research efforts in a nationally recognized research program in support of FDA’s mission.  Primary responsibilities for this position will be to oversee sophisticated behavioral assessments of young nonhuman primates (rhesus monkeys) and rodents after neonatal or adult exposures to general anesthetic drugs commonly employed in the pediatric and general clinical setting.  A major focus of the research will involve the use of operant behavioral techniques to monitor specific aspects of cognitive function.  The opportunity to participate in additional translational research in children will depend upon the interest of the Fellow and demonstrated productivity.


The NCTR, located approximately 30 miles southeast of Little Rock 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


This position requires a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent, in the fields of Pharmacology, Toxicology, Developmental Psychobiology, Biological Psychology, Experimental Psychology or Comparative Psychology with an emphasis on animal learning and behavior.  A history of productive research is highly desirable.  Preference will be given to individuals with a demonstrated record of relevant accomplishments.  Evidence of effective organizational and decision-making capabilities and interpersonal and communication skills are required.  The salary will be approximately $58,000 annually.


The selected candidate for this position will be on a non-federal government appointment.  Interested individuals should send a letter of application with a curriculum vitae, statement of research experience and interests, a sample of peer reviewed publication(s), and names of three references with complete contact information to the attention of Merle G. Paule, Ph.D., Director, Division of Neurotoxicology, National Center for Toxicological Research/FDA, 3900 NCTR Road, Jefferson, Arkansas 72079; phone 870-543-7203; fax 870-543-7745; Email:  [email protected] .  Applications will be accepted until the position is filled.  FDA is an Equal Opportunity Employer.  FDA/NCTR is a smoke free environment.