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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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Date Posted: 6/29/2018
Position Title:

Project Scientist

Position Description:

UCLA Brain Research Institute invites highly qualified applicants to apply for the position in the Project Scientist series. . Qualified candidates with a Ph.D. in Anatomy (preferred) or related field, Expertise in Light and Electron Microscopy, are encouraged to apply.

Job Duties:

Oversee operation of BRI Microscopic Techniques and Electron Microscopy Core Facilities. Provide teaching and supervision in the areas of histological technology, immunohistochemistry, electron microscopy, research methods, experimental design-related problem solving, laboratory equipment, and other areas within the purview of the Core Facility, to scientific investigators, postdocs, students, and other Core Facility users. Major duties include teaching, supervision, technical support, laboratory management, project management, space utilization, and consultation on issues related to research projects and methodology. Perform laboratory tasks and maintain a professional environment for the facility. Train and supervise students and less trained staff in proper protocols and safety procedures required in the Core. Keep records of procedures and training performed. Establish and implement laboratory safety practices as required by EH&S.

The University of California 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. UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Please be advised that the final candidate recommended for hire into a critical (or otherwise designated) position will be required to successfully complete a background investigation. Any convictions will be evaluated to determine if they directly relate to the responsibilities and requirements of the position. Having a conviction history will not automatically disqualify an applicant from being considered for employment.

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Visit for a complete description of the position, required and desired qualifications, and application instructions. Job post will close July 26, 2018.


Date Posted: 5/21/2018
Position Title:

Assistant Project Scientist I

Position Description:

An Assistant Project Scientist I position is available at the University of California, Los Angeles in the laboratory of Dr. Daniel Lu. The Assistant Project Scientist I will also be responsible for supervising graduate students and undergraduate student researchers, preparing manuscripts for publication in scientific journals, and assisting with the preparation of grant proposals. Qualified candidate should have PhD in neurosciences, or neurophysiology with strong background in neurophysiology, molecular biology, mouse/rat surgery, optogenetic approaches, and data analysis. The candidate is required to have a minimum of 4 years of experience in central nervous system or spinal cord circuit physiology. The Assistant Project Scientist I position is a 12-month, non-Senate position. We are seeking independent, motivated individual with excellent organizational, interpersonal, and communication skills. Interested applications should e-mail their resume to:

Starting Date: June 1, 2018 


The assigned project is focused on studying the neural networks within the spinal cord and leveraging this understanding to facilitate recovery of motor function after spinal cord injury (SCI). Specific experimental model include rats, transgenic mice, and human. The principal objective is to assess the biomarkers of functional recovery in response to spinal cord neuromodulation in the SCI animal setting and applying this understanding to human SCI subjects. This involves molecular, neurophysiological, optogenetic, and immunohistochemical approaches in studying spinal motor and interneuronal circuitry.

Additional Duties:

  • Supervision of undergraduates, graduate students, and new postdoctoral trainees in the lab.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects efficiently and effectively.
  • Ability to work independently on scientific projects.
  • Assist with preparation of grant proposals.
  • Preparation of manuscripts for publication in scientific journals.
  • Required to communicate well with other scientists worldwide.
  • Candidate should have 5 years of research experience in Neuroscience or neural circuits or neurophysiology in an academic setting or equivalent.
  • Candidate should have extensive experience in human experiments.
  • Candidate should have experience in writing and revising institutional review board applications (IRB).
  • The candidate will report directly to the Principal Investigator and will successfully carry out experiments and analyze the data generated with minimal supervision.
  • Ability to handle several projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to help and train various personnel in animal and human studies and make significant contribution to the design and execution of other laboratory member’s experiments.

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