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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.

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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.



Date Posted: 7/5/2018
  Postdoctoral Fellowship at UCLA
Position Description:

Exciting job opportunity in neuroimaging! The UCLA Semel Institute Laboratory of Molecular Neuroimaging invites applicants for a postdoctoral position.  This position is available immediately for an individual interested in interdisciplinary research on brain function related to drug addiction.  Candidates should have a background in psychology or neurosciences but be interested in developing expertise in neuroimaging; alternatively, they should have a background in mathematics, physics, engineering, or computer science and be interested in applying this expertise to human brain function. This position is for someone to investigate how exercise training can alter brain chemistry, brain function, and treatment outcome for patients in an inpatient program. Functional MRI, PET scanning and behavioral methods are used. The fellow will be able to develop a wide range of neuroscience skills with scientific experts in drug abuse and brain imaging. Please send full curriculum vitae, brief statement of research interest, plus names and addresses of three references to Dr. Edythe London, UCLA Semel Institute on Neuroscience and Human Behavior, 760 Westwood Plaza, Los Angeles, CA 90024; (310) 825-0606. E-mail:

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