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Date Posted: 11/13/18
Position Description:

Postdoctoral Researcher in Neuroscience

We are seeking a postdoctoral researcher to join a multi-disciplinary team based in the UCLA School of Nursing and Brain Research Institute, led by Dr. Paul Macey, an engineer who is a faculty member in Nursing and who does neuroscience research. The postdoctoral project is centered on advanced neuroimaging of people with obstructive sleep apnea. Working with colleagues from Radiology, Sleep Medicine, Neurobiology, Cardiology, Engineering, and Psychiatry, our group investigates mechanisms, symptoms and treatments for sleep apnea.

The current project:

  • Measures the two major neurotransmitters, GABA and glutamate, in many brain areas of people with sleep apnea, and to relate such chemical levels of brain structure and function. The measures involve techniques such as magnetic resonance spectroscopy (MRS) and magnetic resonance imaging.
  • Relates brain changes to psychological symptoms, such as stress, depression and anxiety, and to physical symptoms, such as cardiovascular health and autonomic tone.
  • Conducts in-home studies using an mHealth system to pilot novel interventions for the sleep condition.

The ideal candidate for this position will be:

  • Interested in working with research participants, including men and women throughout the lifespan.
  • Motivated to understand what mechanisms could be contributing to disease, and to help develop novel interventions.
  • Enjoy learning, and work well with people from varied disciplines.
  • Comfortable with technology.
  • Motivated to write papers, present their work, and develop and pursue their own research ideas.

Particular skills that will be useful are experience with MRI and MRS, either in terms of data collection or analysis; scientific writing; working in clinical settings; familiarity with computers and technology; and software experience including MATLAB, SPSS, R or SAS. However, there will be opportunity to learn required skills.

Contact: For more information, contact Dr. Paul Macey at



Date Posted: 11/7/18
Position Description:

University of Illinois, College of Veterinary Medicine, Department of Comparative Biosciences

Two tenure-track Assistant or Associate Professor positions in Neuroscience

The Department of Comparative Biosciences in the College of Veterinary Medicine at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign invites applications for two faculty positions in neuroscience at either the rank of tenure-track Assistant or tenured Associate Professor. Outstanding scientists who conduct research in all disciplines of neuroscience at the molecular, cellular, circuit and systems levels are encouraged to apply. We are particularly interested in investigators who apply in vivo electrophysiology and/or related methods analyzing neuronal activity in behaving animals to study for example cognition and/or emotions in rodent models. We are also interested in candidates using cutting-edge approaches such as bioinformatics, epigenetics, genomics, proteomics, or computational approaches to address basic questions of brain function, brain plasticity, aging or mechanisms underlying neurological or psychiatric disorders. Research excellence, originality of science and future impact on the field will be key selection criteria. Special consideration will be given to candidates whose research would strengthen existing departmental and college research programs in neuroscience, toxicology, pharmacology, cancer molecular therapeutics, reproductive biology, and developmental biology. Candidates must have a Ph.D., M.D., DVM, or an equivalent doctoral degree, postdoctoral experience, and evidence of a creative, collegial and exceptional research track record. Candidates who would like to be considered at the rank of Associate Professor must have an outstanding track record of publication and funding.

The University of Illinois (Illinois) is an Equal Opportunity employer, Affirmative Action employer. Minorities, women, veterans and individuals with disabilities are encouraged to apply. For more information, visit To learn more about the University’s commitment to diversity, please visit, At Illinois we have an active and successful dual-career partner placement program and a strong commitment to work-life balance and family-friendly programs: affairs/work-life-balance/ .

The successful candidates will participate in the professional (DVM) and graduate curricula and develop an externally funded research program that complements or enhances existing department or campus strengths in neuroscience. Full information about the department is available at: Illinois has a vibrant interdisciplinary Neuroscience Program, with over 80 faculty affiliates ( The successful candidates will be encouraged to seek collaborative opportunities within the department and at interdisciplinary research institutes on the campus, e.g., the Beckman Institute for Advanced Science and Technology (, the Carl R. Woese Institute for Genomic Biology (, College of Engineering (, and the newly established College of Medicine (

Salary: Commensurate with experience and skills

Start Date: Negotiable after close


In order to receive full consideration, qualified applicants should apply online at by January 6, 2019. Applications should include a cover letter, up to 3-page research statement, CV and contact information for three references. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. Questions may be directed to Dr. Jing Yang, search committee chair,

The University of Illinois conducts criminal background checks on all job candidates upon acceptance of a contingent offer.



Date Posted: 10/31/18
Position Description:

Assistant Professor in Neuroscience @UVA-Psychology

The University of Virginia (UVA) invites applications for a tenure-track Assistant Professor position in the Department of Psychology. We seek applicants who use animal models to study the neural basis of sensory, perceptual and cognitive processes and/or their development. We are particularly enthusiastic about candidates whose research addresses these issues at the circuit, systems and behavioral levels. The successful candidate is expected to establish a vigorous, independent, and externally funded research program, and to contribute to undergraduate and graduate instruction and training. The new faculty member will have access to several training programs, including the Psychology Graduate Program, the interdepartmental Neuroscience Graduate Program, the Biomedical Sciences Graduate Program, and the Neuroscience Undergraduate Major, and also become a member of the newly established UVA Brain Institute. A competitive start-up package and excellent research facilities are available. The anticipated start date for the position is August 25, 2019.

This position is part of the pan-University neuroscience cluster hire initiative. This cross-Grounds initiative builds on momentum of the UVA Brain Institute and will promote collaborative activity across College and Graduate School of Arts and Sciences, School of Medicine, and School of Engineering and Applied Sciences. The cross-disciplinary relationships ensure continuing prominence of neuroscience scholarship at the graduate and undergraduate levels, interdisciplinary education, scientific training and research. The successful candidate will be expected to collaborate with colleagues across Grounds, as well as with the UVA Brain Institute to advance the University's strategic interest in neuroscience, broadly conceived.

Candidates must have a Ph.D. or equivalent degree and relevant post-doctoral experience by the start date of appointment.

UVA assists faculty spouses and partners seeking employment in the Charlottesville area. To learn more please visit For more information about UVA and the surrounding area, please visit

The University of Virginia is fundamentally committed to increasing the diversity of our faculty and staff. We believe diversity is excellence expressing itself through every person's perspectives and lived experiences. We are equal opportunity and affirmative action employers. All qualified applicants will receive consideration of employment without regard to age, color, disability, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, political affiliation, race, religion, sex (including pregnancy), sexual orientation, veteran status, and family medical or genetic information.


To apply visit Complete a candidate profile and attach the following: cover letter, curriculum vitae, statements of research interests and teaching philosophy, and contact information for three references.

Review of applications will begin on December 1st, 2018; however, the position will remain open until filled.


Inquiries about the position should be directed to the Chair of the search committee, Jianhua Cang, at Questions regarding the application process should be directed to Faculty Search Advisor Savanna Galambos, at



Date Posted: 10/17/18
Position Description:

DeNardo Lab, Department of Physiology, UCLA

How does the organization of cortical circuits give rise to behavior? The medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) contributes to many learned behaviors including fear memory retrieval, fear extinction, and avoidance. In addition, mPFC is broadly interconnected with diverse brain regions, and is linked to many psychiatric disorders. We use innovative genetic tools and imaging technologies to define the connectivity and function of mPFC neurons underlying adaptive behaviors, and to identify the molecular cues that wire these circuits during development.

Using advanced viral and genetic tools, whole-brain imaging of cleared tissue using a light sheet microscope, in vivo optogenetics, and miniscope imaging in behaving animals, we aim to:

  • Delineate the organization and behavioral function of mPFC circuits underlying fearful behaviors

  • Map activity patterns that give rise to distinct adaptive behaviors

  • Identify molecular cues guiding the assembly of mPFC circuits


Join us! The DeNardo lab will open January, 2019. We are looking for postdoctoral fellows, technicians, and undergrads, and will be accepting students from the UCLA Graduate Programs in Bioscience beginning Spring, 2019.

Interested? Please contact For more information, visit our website:



Date Posted: 10/17/18
Position Description:

De Biase Lab, Department of Physiology, UCLA

Microglia are dynamic, macrophage-like cells within the CNS. They remove cellular debris and pathogens from surrounding tissue and exert powerful neuroprotective and/or neurotoxic effects during disease and injury. They can also modulate neuronal membrane properties and synapses, positioning these cells as key contributors to both physiological and pathological circuit function. Microglia are not equivalent throughout the brain and exhibit specialized phenotypes in different nuclei of the basal ganglia (BG), circuits involved in reward and motivation. We exploit these regionally specialized phenotypes to study how microglial variation shapes:

  • Synaptic function of BG neurons

  • Resilience and viability of BG neurons

We also exploit this regional specialization of microglia to:

  • Identify cues that regulate basal microglial phenotypes to discover novel strategies for manipulating microglial properties

Techniques we employ:

  • Electrophysiology

  • Advanced Imaging

  • Molecular Biology


Join the team! We are hiring research technicians and postdocs and will be accepting graduate students from UCLA’s Graduate Programs in Biosciences. Contact or

View the flyer here.



Date Posted: 9/27/18
  Research Position
Position Description:

A research position is available immediately to study the molecular and epigenetic mechanisms underlying the formation, extinction, and reinstatement of drug-seeking behavior. The project aims to understand epigenetic mechanisms involved in aspects of persistence of drug-seeking. The candidate must have a recent Ph.D. in a neuroscience related field, experience with behavioral neuroscience experiments, and also preferable is experience in the field of addiction neuroscience and modern molecular biology (cell-type and circuit specific approaches). Funding is for minimum of 3 years with possibility of renewal depending on performance and funding. Please send CV, statement of interest, and the names and contact information of 3 references familiar with your academic and research skills to the following online recruitment URL:

Please cc. Prof. Marcelo Wood ( on any correspondence on this recruitment. Do not send letters of recommendation. Please use the subject line "Postdoc in Epigenetics of Addiction). 

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.



Date Posted: 8/27/18
  Research Position
Position Description: Research opportunity to investigate novel channelopathies. Short term position, part or full time OK. Experience in molecular biology and two electrode voltage clamp using Xenopus laevis oocytes is required. Please contact Diane Papazian, Department of Physiology, UCLA Geffen School of Medicine,



Date Posted: 8/22/18
  Post-doctoral Fellow Recruitment
Position Description: I am looking for a person who is willing to commit at least 3 years to a laboratory research position that is at the Long Beach VA Medical Center, Research Facility. The applicant must have strong molecular biology skills, including qPCR, ChIP assay, interpreting RNA-seq data, and basic cell culture skills to carry out experiments in-vitro. Some skills in Western blot and bioinformatics would be helpful. The grant is funded through the VA so the applicant must be a US citizen. The projects are on the effects of estrogen on stem cell commitment to the adipocyte lineage, and the effects of estrogen in the heart.
Contact: Please contact Dr. Ellis Levin, Distinguished Professor of Medicine and Biochemistry, UC-Irvine and the Long Beach VA at  Or 562-826-8000 ext 24147



Date Posted: 8/16/18
  Postdoctoral Fellow - Three Years
Position Description:

At the Faculty of Medicine, Department of Clinical Medicine, a full-time (100%) position as Postdoctoral Fellow is available for a period of three (3) years.

The position is part of the project “Brain-Gut Microbiota Interaction in Irritable Bowel Syndrome: A multidimentional Appraoch” (, financed by the Norwegian Research Council, the FRIPRO program. The position is anchored at The Norwegian National Center for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, Medical Department ( and the newly established Mohn Medical Imaging and Visualization Center (, Department of Radiology, both situated at Haukeland University Hospital.

For more information:

About the Project:

There is increasing awareness that the brain and the gut are intimately linked, and that massive and diverse community of bacteria in the digestive tract aid digestion, regulates immune homeostasis and interacts with the central nervous system. In a clinical setting there has been great research interest in perturbations and dysfunction of the brain-gut-microbiota axis in functional gastrointestinal disorders. These new insights have been especially relevant to our understanding and treatment strategies of the widespread condition labelled irritable bowel syndrome (IBS). This project addresses research challenges in the following five key areas: (i) Brain structure and function and gastrointestinal motility in IBS, (ii) Cognition and emotion in IBS, (iii) Microbiota profiles in IBS, (iv) The importance of diet in driving IBS, (v) Patient phenotypes and identification of clinically useful molecular and imaging-derived biomarkers. For each of these areas, specific research questions are asked and organised as Work Packages. For image analysis we will apply next-generation techniques behind an ongoing revolution in both clinical and preclinical imaging: the machine learning methods deep neural networks (DNN) and convolutional neural networks (CNN). With top international collaborators (UCLA, Heidelberg, Nottingham, Adelaide) and being a multidisciplinary team of gastroenterologists, neuroscientists, nutritionist, clinical neuropsychologist, imaging specialists, geneticists, microbiologist, and data analysts, including three early career researchers, and access to an outstanding imaging infrastructure and The Norwegian Centre for Functional Gastrointestinal Disorders, we are in a very good position to advance the clinical science of IBS.

To successfully incorporate machine learning in medicine, the candidate will develop, implement, disseminate and evaluate machine learning techniques in the analysis of medical images and image-related data. The project aims to contribute to increased degree of personalized medicine and better decision support for diagnosis, prognosis and therapy in diseases and conditions where images are an important source of information.