Postdoctoral Research Fellow – Laboratory of Dr. Ritchie Chen

Weill Institute for Neurosciences
University of California, San Francisco

The Chen Lab ( at the University of California, San Francisco is seeking postdoctoral fellows to join our dynamic and interdisciplinary team in the newly established Weill Institute for Neurosciences on the Mission Bay campus. We are affiliated with the Departments of Neurological Surgery, Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences, and Bioengineering and Therapeutic Sciences. Our research focus is on developing cutting-edge technologies to study brain-body physiology and to design new therapies for circuit disorders. We are looking for candidates with expertise in one or more of the following areas: systems neuroscience, electrophysiology, synthetic biology, bioelectronics, or biological/electrical/materials engineering.

As a postdoctoral fellow, you will have the opportunity to work on projects to discover therapeutic targets for intractable neurological diseases and to study brain-body pathways and behavior using various rodent models. We also work on applying synthetic biology, tissue chemistry, and computational methods to study nervous system disorders using both mouse and human tissue. Techniques you will use may include in vitro and in vivo electrophysiology, mouse behavioral studies, optogenetics, synthetic biology, next-generation sequencing, bioinformatics, volumetric whole-brain imaging, hydrogel tissue chemistry, viral tool design, and material synthesis and characterization.

Ideal candidates should have a Doctorate degree in a relevant field such as Neuroscience, Bioengineering, Electrical Engineering, Applied Math, Computer Science, Chemical Engineering, Materials Science, or other closely related fields by the time the position begins. Experience working with rodents and/or a background in electrophysiology, bioelectronics, or genomic methods are preferred. All candidates should possess strong quantitative and programming skills (e.g., Matlab, C++, Python). Ideal candidates should have a strong track record of prior research accomplishments.

Postdoctoral researchers will be supported with funding from the NIH and Weill Institute for Neurosciences and will have the opportunity to work in interdisciplinary, collaborative teams of neuroscientists, engineers, and clinicians. To apply, please submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for 3 references to UCSF is dedicated to building a diverse and welcoming community, and we encourage applications from historically underrepresented groups.