A postdoctoral position, focusing on the cellular mechanisms of stress induced cognitive impairment, is open in Dr. Gyorgy Lur’s laboratory in the Department of Neurobiology and Behavior at UC Irvine.
The group combines state of the art optical techniques (including optogenetics and multi-photon imaging) with electrophysiological recordings to interrogate neural circuits in health and disease. Our primary goal is to understand how anatomical and physiological changes of neural circuits effect cognitive performance.
The successful candidate will spearhead a research effort to study the effect of chronic stress on the fundamental architecture of cognitive circuits. The research will initially be based on optogenetic and electrophysiological interrogation of neural circuits in acute brain slices. We plan to further develop this project and test our synaptic and circuit level findings in a behavioral paradigm in vivo, using multi-photon imaging methods. For more information visit http://faculty.sites.uci.edu/lurlab/.
The position requires a PhD in neuroscience or a related field (biological sciences, physics, computer science). A strong candidate will have experience with microscopy and imaging techniques, electrophysiology (whole-cell patch-clamp), surgical techniques and programming (MATLAB). Applicants should send CV, a personal statement and the contact information of 3 academic references to email@example.com.
Salary and benefits will follow NIH and UC guidelines.