Postdoctoral Opportunities


Postdoctoral Position in Myelin Biology

Fred Robinson Lab, Jungers Center

Oregon Health & Science University

Portland, Oregon USA

A postdoctoral fellow position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Fred Robinson in the Jungers Center for Neurosciences Research.  The primary goal for this position is to enhance our understanding of phosphoinositide signaling and endosomal trafficking in myelinating Schwann cells, as the dysregulation of these processes causes hereditary peripheral neuropathy.  Using novel genetic mouse models of demyelinating neuropathy, as well as an in vitro myelination assay, the successful candidate will pursue a cell biological investigation of how dysregulation of phosphoinositides leads to abnormal myelination.  Toward this end, the successful candidate will employ biochemistry, molecular biology and advanced light microscopy. 

Individuals with expertise in cell biology, signaling and neuroscience are especially encouraged to apply.Interested applicants should email their CV to robinsof@ohsu.edu.

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A postdoctoral position is available to dissect the neural circuitry mediating reinforcement learning and working memory. We are looking for candidates with extensive electrophysiology experience to join our group at the new Neuroscience Institute at Princeton University.  Our lab employs optogenetic, rodent behavioral and electrophysiological methods; more information at www.princeton.edu/~iwitten. An ideal start date would be Fall 2013.

To apply, please send your CV as well as the contact info for 2-3 references directly to Prof. Ilana Witten (iwitten@princeton.edu).


A postdoctoral fellowship position is available (starting around April 2013). The goal of this project is to understand cortical circuit plasticity after stroke (e.g., Mostany et al., J Neurosci 2010, 2011; Johnston et al., Cereb Cortex 2012; Cheng et al., Nat Methods 2011). We are using in vivo two-photon microscopy to image structural plasticity over periods of weeks-months before and after stroke, as well two-photon calcium imaging and intrinsic signal imaging to record remapping after stroke. The laboratory has 4 custom-built two-photon microscopes, all equipped for simultaneous imaging and electrophysiology.


UCLA is an excellent academic environment where the opportunities for collaboration abound with a large and outstanding neuroscience faculty (http://faculty.neuroscience.ucla.edu/institution/personnel-list/). Los Angeles offers all the cultural advantages of any large U.S. city, together with the amazing all-year-round weather of sunny Southern California.

Successful candidates will have a Ph.D. or M.D.-Ph.D. degree and advanced experience in neuronal patch-clamp electrophysiology and MATLAB, as well as a strong publication record. Fellows will be encouraged
to apply for independent funding after their first year in the lab. Salary will follow NIH guidelines. We are especially interested in those candidates who are motivated to develop their independent careers as investigators.

Applicants should send their curriculum vitae, list of publications, and a letter describing their interests and proposed research, as well as a list of references by email to cpcailliau@mednet.ucla.edu.

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Post-Doctoral Fellow in Neuroscience and Optogenetics:

Washington University School of Medicine

Post-doctoral position(s) in the Washington University Pain Center and Departments of Anesthesiology and Neurobiology. The successful candidate(s) will become part of a large, multidisciplinary, and internationally recognized neuroscience community. This position is supported by an NIH “Transformative R01” grant and will incorporate state of the art optogenetics, development/refinement of novel, micro-optic devices, patch clamp electrophysiology and viral gene therapy with a goal of understanding mechanisms of chronic pain.


A successful candidate should have the following qualifications:

• Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Biomedical Engineering, Cell Biology or related field, with a track record of productivity and innovation

• Solid background and hands-on experience in electrophysiology, applied

physics or optogenetics is a plus.

• Creative thinking skills, command of the neuroscience literature

• Affinity for performing experimental animal research

• Ability to work collaboratively with excellent communication skills

• Strong proficiency in the English language

The laboratory is located in the Washington University Medical Center campus, situated in St. Louis’ urban corridor, the “Central West End” district. St. Louis offers numerous cultural activities including excellent blues, jazz, and classical music, restaurants, farmers markets, nightlife and professional sports. St. Louis also offers an affordable lifestyle and cost of living for young families.

For more information and to apply please send materials to Robert Gereau at: gereaur@wustl.edu and Michael Bruchas at bruchaslab@gmail.com

Applications for the position should include a curriculum vitae and names/contact information of three professional references. Washington University is an equal opportunity employer.


Investigator: Susan Wray

Affiliation: Cellular and Developmental Neurobiology, NINDS, NIH

Position Open: Postdoctoral Fellow

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Projects focus on:

Mechanisms underlying Neuronal Activity. Projects focus on themechanisms underlying neuronal activity using GnRH neurons in vitro and in vivo. In vivo, GnRH- neurons, spread throughout the forebrain, release GnRH-1 in a pulsatile fashion. In explants, primary GnRH neurons continue to release in a pulsatile fashion and show synchronized calcium oscillations. Projects utilize the GnRH system to study molecular and cellular properties of neuronal activity (individual cells and neuronal population dynamics) at different developmental, metabolic and/or reproductive states. Candidate with experience in calcium imaging and/or electrophysiology preferred but not mandatory.

Cell lineage, Neuronal Migration and Axonal Targeting. Projects focus on differentiation and migration of GnRH cells and olfactory axon out growth during development. Prenatally, GnRH neurons originate in the nasal region and migrate on olfactory axons into the brain. Current projects examine: 1) lineage of the GnRH cells, 2) intracellular signaling that controls cell movement and corresponding changes in cytoskeletal elements, and 3)combinatorial influence of guidance factors involved in migration of these cells into the forebrain; mechanisms common to neuronal migration as well as mechanisms specific to the GnRH system.

Laboratory uses multidisciplinary approaches: cre/lox mice, transgenic lines, imaging, nasal explants, video microscopy, calcium imaging, electrophysiology, immunocytochemistry, in situ histochemistry, single-cellPCR, and subtractive cDNA screening.

Candidates should have training in one of the following:Neurobiology, Developmental biology, Neuroendocrinology or Molecular biology.


Investigator:  Fay Horak

Affliation:  Neurology, OHSU

Postition Open:  Postdoctoral Fellow

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The Balance Disorders Laboratory in the Dept of Neurology has an opening for a post-doctoral fellow to investigate use of body worn sensors that characterize gait and balance in home or clinical environments for patients with Parkinson'sdisease.  

Experience with human movement analysis, Matlab programming, and bioengineering tool are required.