The Serge Ahmed’s laboratory is looking for a highly-motivated postdoctoral research fellow to study how individuals lose control over cocaine use when they are under the influence. This project will conducted in rats using a choice-based approach. Briefly, the objectives will be to define the long-term persistence, motivational robustness and drug specificity of the drug influence on choice, whether and how this influence can be manipulated and finally the neural mechanisms involved, with a specific focus on orbitofrontal inhibitory circuits. This project should contribute to resolve a long-standing theoretical debate in the field about the existence of genuine loss of control in addiction by redefining loss of control as a drug state-dependent behavioral feature and not as a constitutive individual trait, as commonly believed.
Qualified candidates should have obtained their PhD in neurosciences, pharmacology or related fields not more than within the last two years and would have a strong and extended expertise in operant behavior, specifically in the intravenous self-administration procedure in rat. This is a 30-months, full-time, contract position.
The laboratory is located on the Bordeaux Neurocampus. Starting date is January, 2020. Please send your application including a CV, brief statement of research interests, representative publications, and names of referees to Dr. Magalie Lenoir.
Employment start date: 2020-01-01
Contract length: 30 months
Institution: Institut des Maladies Neurodégénératives, University of Bordeaux
Institut des Maladies Neurodégénératives
Equipe : Pathological decision making in addiction
Université de Bordeaux
CNRS UMR 5293
Zone Nord, Bat 1A – 3ème étage
146 rue Léo Saignat
33076 Bordeaux cedex