Wednesday, February 20, 2013




Department of Biology, Emory University

Yerkes National Primate Research Center, Emory University

Atlanta, Georgia


A postdoctoral position investigating the electrophysiological mechanisms of social bonding in behaving prairie voles is available in the labs of Dr. Robert Liu (Emory Biology) and Dr. Larry Young (Yerkes). Our NIH-funded project’s long-term goal is to illuminate how social neurochemicals like oxytocin modulate in vivo the function of neural circuits underlying social reward and social information processing – key elements in establishing social bonds. Socially monogamous prairie voles have become a canonical animal model for investigating the neurochemical basis for pro-social behaviors. Our studies will examine how these modulate dynamic neural activity within the limbic system during social interactions that facilitate the formation and maintenance of social bonds.


We are looking for a candidate with a strong background in extracellular electrophysiology in vivo, along with experience in computational data analysis and programming using Matlab. Training in social neuroscience and/or the neural circuitry for reward and reinforcement would also be viewed favorably.


Emory University and the Yerkes National Primate Research Center have a rich, collaborative neuroscience community, especially in the areas of social neuroscience ( and computational neuroscience ( Research in social neuroscience here extends across many labs from the molecular level through the organismal level in animal models and humans, with efforts to both elucidate normal processes and ameliorate deficits found in human conditions, like autism spectrum disorder.


To inquire or apply, please email Applications should include a CV, the names and full contact information of two references, and two representative publications.



Robert C. Liu

Associate Professor

Biology BS/MS Director

Emory University

Department of Biology

Rollins Research Center

1510 Clifton Road NE, Room 2131

Atlanta, GA 30322


Phone: (404) 727-5274

Fax: (404) 727-2880

Email: robert.liu at




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