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Postdoctoral Researcher

University of Maryland School of Medicine
Baltimore County, MD
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Nov 26, 2022

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University of Maryland School of Medicine, Department of Psychiatry

The Harraz laboratory in the Department of Psychiatry, University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) invites applications for a Postdoctoral Fellow position, available immediately, to study the neurobiology of addiction. The Harraz lab uses multidisciplinary approaches (pharmacology, chemoproteomics, molecular biology, genetics, microsurgery, and behavioral models) to investigate the role of proteostasis in cell signaling and its impact on cell and organism biology. Dr. Harraz's recent work has uncovered a novel high-affinity receptor for cocaine and explores the role of autophagic proteostasis in drug abuse and SARS-CoV-2 entry into cells. For more information about the lab, please visit

We seek Postdoctoral Fellows interested in developing and leading projects in 2 main areas:
1. Functions of BASP1 as a novel cocaine receptor.
2. The role of autophagy in substance abuse disorders.

QUALIFICATIONS : Applications are invited from dynamic, organized, and self-motivated candidates. A recent Ph.D., M.D., or M.D./Ph.D. with a strong research background in neuroscience, cell biology, biochemistry, or a related field is required. Applicants should have peer-reviewed publications that document their prior experience. Expertise in mouse work, solid surgical skills, multi-omics approaches, or iPSC models will be an asset.

SALARY: NIH scale salary for postdoctoral fellows plus fringe benefits. The initial appointment is for one year to be renewed yearly, depending on mutual satisfaction.

APPLICATION : Please send the application materials to Dr. Harraz's email: and ensure that your application contains the following:
• A cover letter describing your current interests and explaining how your existing skills fit the position.
• Curriculum vitae, including publication list.
• The names and email addresses of three references.

As an Equal Opportunity and Affirmative Action employer, the University of Maryland School of Medicine (UMSOM) hires the best-qualified candidates based on an assessment of their education and work experience against the position and organizational requirements. UMSOM prohibits the use of discriminatory practices in employment and does not discriminate
based on race, color, religion, age, ancestry, national origin, gender, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, physical or mental disability, marital status, or veteran's status .
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