The O’Neill Lab ( at UCLA is seeking a postdoctoral scholar to join our team in the Hatos Center for Neuropharmacology. We are affiliated with the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior and the Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences.


Our research focuses on developing new imaging methods and optogenetics strategies for diverse neuroscience applications. We are especially interested in developing new methods for optogenetic control of G protein coupled receptor (GPCR) signaling and synaptic transmission, and new imaging methods for neuroanatomical measurements of GPCR signaling. The postdoctoral scholar will be involved in establishing these new technologies using a combination of protein engineering, cell culture (cell lines and primary neurons), high throughput assays for GPCR signaling, cryosectioning, and both fixed and live cell imaging. Additionally, there will be excellent opportunities for collaboration within the Hatos Center to apply these new methods in rodent models of chronic pain and drug addiction.


Candidates are expected to have a PhD in a relevant area: Neuroscience, Pharmacology, Biochemistry, etc. We especially encourage applications from candidates with experience in one or more of the following: GPCR signaling, protein engineering, live cell imaging, optogenetics.


Located in an urban setting, UCLA is California’s largest university with a diverse student body of 38,000 undergraduate and graduate students, approximately 25% that come from underrepresented minority groups. As a campus with a continually growing diverse student body, we encourage applications from women, minorities, and individuals with a commitment to the success of underrepresented groups in behavioral science.


Interested candidates should provide a cover letter and forward their CV and names of 3 references to:


Patrick O’Neill, PhD

Assistant Researcher

Hatos Center for Neuropharmacology

Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences

Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior

UCLA, Los Angeles, CA