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Job ID: 160046

Postdoctoral Fellow
Virginia Commonwealth University

Date Posted Jun. 4, 2021
Title Postdoctoral Fellow
University Virginia Commonwealth University
Richmond, VA, United States
Department Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science
Application Deadline Open until filled
Position Start Date Available Immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Pharmacotherapy
    Pharmaceutical Sciences

Postdoctoral Position: Opioid- and HIV-mediated effects on the integrity of the blood-brain barrier, on immune cell recruitment, and on antiretroviral penetration into the brain

A postdoctoral position is available immediately at the Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) School of Pharmacy in the laboratory of Mary Peace McRae. The McRae lab studies the interplay between HIV and opioids on factors that may impact antiretroviral efficacy within the brain, including the blood-brain barrier, drug transport proteins, antiretroviral concentrations, and immune cell recruitment into the brain.

The candidate will have the opportunity to integrate functional assays as well as basic cellular and molecular approaches aimed at elucidating how opioid abuse may alter HIV outcomes in the CNS. The candidate will join a multi-investigator team (Drs. Mary Peace McRae, Kurt Hauser and Pam Knapp) that utilizes pharmacological, immunological, and behavioral strategies to explore opioid-HIV interactions in murine (in vitro and in vivo) and human (in vitro) models. Cutting-edge imaging facilities, which include structured illumination and multiphoton microscopy are available.

The postdoctoral fellow will participate in NIH-funded research projects and get comprehensive training in translational therapeutics. The successful applicant will need to be interested with mentoring and supporting graduate students and have the skills to do so, as well as work in collaboration with a larger and more diverse group of scientists working on the project at other sites. They will participate in the experimental design, execution, analysis and evaluation of ongoing funded research aims in lab. There is also an expectation that the postdoc will participate in general housekeeping of lab and ordering of reagents. The candidate will be provided with significant training in the disciplines with which they are less familiar, and will receive significant mentoring to facilitate their transition to an independent research career.

The postdoc will be expected to work independently as well as in team setting. They will generate and present data in publication ready format and will write manuscripts describing research results.

Interested individuals are encouraged to read the full posting at and also may reach out to Dr. Mary Peace McRae, Department of Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science, VCU School of Pharmacy, 410 N. 12th Street, Richmond, VA 23298 (email: You will be expected to provide a curriculum vitae, a list of three references, and a statement of research interests and career goals.

  • Virginia Commonwealth University is an equal opportunity, affirmative action university providing access to education and employment without regard to age, race, color, national origin, gender, religion, sexual orientation, veteran’s status, political affiliation or disability.

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Contact Information

  • Dr. Mary Peace McRae
    Pharmacotherapy and Outcomes Science
    Virginia Commonwealth University
    410 North 12th Street
    PO Box 980533
    Richmond, VA 23298


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