Postdoctoral Fellow – Division of Systems Biology, National Center for Toxicological Research/U.S. Food and Drug Administration, Jefferson, Arkansas

A postdoctoral fellowship opportunity is available in the Division of Systems Biology, Biomarkers and Alternative Models Branch 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, Arkansas, 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 investigating opioid exposure on neural development. Specifically, the candidate will examine the effects of opioid exposure on neural tube development in a mouse model, confirming whether exposure leads to neural tube defects, and to characterize maternal toxicity in relation to exposure. The candidate will learn techniques to coordinate dosing and analyses schedules, assist with data collection, summarize and analyze data sets. The candidate will be expected to present findings at scientific meetings and publish results in respected, peer-reviewed scientific journals.

The candidate will  have the opportunity to work with Division of Systems Biology staff on related projects, including in vitro toxicity assessments of opioids on neural precursor cell proliferation and differentiation.

The initial appointment is for one year, but may be renewed upon recommendation and is contingent on the availability of funds. The position is limited to applicants who are U.S. citizens or to those who have resided in the U.S. for three out of the last five years.

The participant will receive a monthly stipend commensurate with education level and experience. The appointment is full-time at NCTR in Jefferson, Arkansas. Participants do not become employees of FDA or the program administrator.


Applicants must have received a Ph.D. in developmental biology, toxicology, neuroscience or a related field within the last five years. Prior experience with preclinical research with rodents is preferred. Preference will be given to individuals with a demonstrated record of relevant accomplishments.

Interested individuals should apply on-line through the Zintellect website ( powered by the Oak Ridge Institute for Science and Education (reference code FDA-NCTR-2019-008). Interested applicants may also contact Amy Inselman, Division of Systems Biology, National Center for Toxicological Research/FDA, email: for more information.

Applications will be accepted until the appointment is filled. Start date is scheduled for September 1, 2019.

FDA/NCTR is a smoke free environment.

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