Postdoc position at FDA

Postdoctoral Fellow, Division of Neurotoxicology

National Center for Toxicological Research/FDA


A postdoctoral fellowship opportunity is available in the Division of Neurotoxicology at the National Center for Toxicological Research (NCTR) on the Jefferson Laboratories Campus of the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) located in Jefferson, Arkansas.


The NCTR, located approximately 35 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


The successful candidate will participate in a multi-disciplinary research effort examining the neurobehavioral, neuropathological, and neurochemical effects of developmental exposure to inorganic arsenic in laboratory rodents.  The primary responsibilities of this position are to maintain testing schedules, summarize and analyze complex behavioral datasets, assist with neuropathological and neurochemical assays, present findings at scientific meetings, and publish results in respected scientific journals.


This program is administered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (ORISE) through its contract with the U.S. Department of Energy.  The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation and contingent on the availability of funds.  The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with education level and experience. Proof of health insurance is required for participation in this program. The appointment is full-time at NCTR in Jefferson, Arkansas. Participants do not become employees of FDA or the program administrator.



Within the last five years, applicants must have received a Ph.D., M.D., or equivalent in neuroscience, neurobiology, physiological/biological psychology, or toxicology.


Prior experience with preclinical research with rodents is. Preference will be given to individuals with a demonstrated record of relevant accomplishments.


Interested individuals should send a curriculum vitae, and names of three references with complete contact information to Sherry Ferguson, Division of Neurotoxicology, National Center for Toxicological Research/FDA, 3900 NCTR Road, Jefferson, Arkansas 72079; phone 870-543-7589; fax 870-543-7745; Email:  [email protected]


Applications will be accepted until the appointment is filled. Start date is now scheduled as October 1, 2018.


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