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Date Posted: 1/22/19
Postition Description:

Assistant Researcher, Psychology Department

The UCLA Behavioral Testing Core is seeking an Assistant Researcher for a 100% time position. Candidates are required to have a PhD in psychology or neuroscience and
relevant Post-Doctoral Training. Employee must have expertise in carrying out behavioral assays in mice and rats, protocol design, data collection, control groups and
statistical analysis. The Candidate will be responsible for training and supervising UCLA faculty, postdoctoral researchers, and graduate students as well as external researchers. In addition, employee should have the necessary academic knowledge to meet new people and assess their needs in designing experiments, cost assistance, writing protocols/papers and managing/supervising the assistant manager. Employee is primarily responsible for research performance and maintenance of the UCLA Behavioral Testing Core (BTC) by managing the budget, piloting experiments, working with vendors towards procurement of equipment for new and/or improved procedures. In addition, employee will supervise the Assistant Manager’s role in: collecting, scoring and organizing data to be delivered for clients; manage budget, maintain supplies, preparation of the laboratory for inspections; present services available at the core at various conventions and symposiums to increase awareness of BTC services; research new methodologies and develop protocols for additional behavioral tests as needed. The employee is also in charge of making critical decisions in regards to budget maintenance, animal health (mice/rats), experimental amendments and future plans under the guidance of the Core Directors. The employee must be able to bridge the gap between biomedical research and behavioral neuroscience in discussing projects with clients who may have little to no experience conducting behavioral experiments. There may be opportunities to apply for and develop grants to support an independent research program. Contact Dr Michael Fanselow,, for additional questions about the position. 

Required skills and knowledge: PhD and Post-Doctoral Experience required. Behavioral experiments: Proficiency and experience in the following behavioral experimental tasks in mice (required) and rats (preferable): Morris Water maze, social interaction, fear conditioning, rotarod, SHIRPA, EPM, open field, novel object recognition, USV, spontaneous alternation, radial arm maze, startle, PPI, grip strength, balance beam, conditioned place preference, grid walking, hot plate and tail immersion pain assays, light-dark box, marble burying, forced swim test, operant touch screen, gait analysis, and integration of optogenetics equipment into many of these experiments. Experience with using the following equipment and programs is preferable: capture-star software, LifeCam camera and software, Thorlabs MP100D light meter, glass cutters, Prizmatix optogenetics LED generator, Torlabs FS200 microscope, decibel meter, SRLABS startle response system and, Capden Instruments touchscreen operant conditioning systems for rats and mice, Columbus Instruments Rotamex, MedAssociates, Ethovision and Topscan software. Also, should be able to review research publications to establish parameters for novel behavioral tasks and update currently offered tasks based on new research.

Written and Analytical skills: Knowledge of qualitative and quantitative methodology for research performance. Data analysis skills with statistical knowledge in multifactorial analysis. Ability to independently design research studies for data publication or grant writing. Strong math skills and the ability to maintain the core budget and make budgetary decisions, billing and maintaining the sales and service contract at UCLA. Ability to evaluate and interpret scientific results in oral and written format. Ability to provide theoretical scientific background for new experiments and critical feedback on obtained results, graphical representations of the data.

Other required skills: Demonstrate an ability to work independently, strong communication skills and strong leadership, organization and management skills for supervising experiments in the BTC. Excellent interpersonal skills are a must for interacting with current and potential client. Ability to write grants to obtain external sources of funding for the BTC core for procuring big equipment. Ability to make critical decisions regarding equipment to buy, pilot experiments, equipment failure. Knowledge of current regulations and requirements for various agencies involved with research and safety such as IACUC, Environmental Health & Safety and UCLA Division of Animal Laboratory Mdicine. Supervise the Assistant manager in developing and maintaining Standard Operating Procedures for all tasks currently performed at the BTC and write protocol amendments as needed. Experience and willingness to experiment with new techniques in order to develop a better product. 


Applicants should submit a cover letter; curriculum vitae; statements of interest and approach to running a test score; a statement of contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion; and three letters of reference. Candidates are encouraged to apply before January 21, 2019.

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, national origin, sexual orientation, gender identity, disability, age, or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

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Date Posted: 1/22/19
Position Description:

Postdoc for 3D neuronal imaging and tracing

Employer: Yvette Taché
Location: Brain-Gut Interaction Lab, UCLA/VA
Salary: In line with NIH postdoctoral stipend levels
Discipline: Neuroscience, Life Sciences
Organization Type: Healthcare/Academia
Job Type: Post

A Postdoc (full time) or Project Scientist position (80%) is available in the Brain-Gut Interaction Laboratory at UCLA David Geffen Medical School, and West Los Angeles VA to participate in projects involving anatomical profiling of neuronal circuits in the gut, using viral tracing, immunohistochemistry, multiple labeling, tissue clearing and 3D neuronal tracing and image reconstruction. The position will offer excellent opportunity to advance career path and to obtain training in new methodological approaches.

Qualifications: The applicant should have a PhD with some experience and interest in neuroanatomical and immunohistochemical studies and in microscopy and imaging processing. Knowledge and experiences will be preferred in the enteric nervous, vagal, spinal autonomic and sensory systems, small animal surgeries, confocal and high-resolution multiple color multiple photons microscopy, and 3D image acquisition and processing and 3D individual neurons tracing. Please include contact details for three referees with your CV.



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.