Postdoctoral position, Elyssa Margolis's Laboratory

San Francisco, California
Sep 25, 2019
Dec 25, 2019
Position Type
Full Time

Elyssa Margolis Ph.D., at the University of California, San Francisco, in the Alcohol and Addiction Research Group in the Department of Neurology is recruiting 1-2 postdoctoral researcher(s) or research scientist(s). 

Behavior is energized by motivations and shaped by either positive (rewarding) or negative (punishing) outcomes. Opioids, both endogenous and exogenous, act in the CNS to powerfully modulate motivation and the experiences of either reward or punishment. Understanding how opioids contribute to these processes requires identifying the responsible neural circuits and then determining their synaptic actions on the component neurons of these circuits. Various project opportunities are available to advance our understanding of opioid receptor neuropharmacology in the neural circuits that underly opioid reinforcement and analgesia, and the changes in synaptic function and opioid receptor function following drug self administration, drug dependence, or injury.We also have ongoing projects investigating to the role of endogenous opioids in modulating alcohol consumption.  Most projects integrate a variety of behavioral/in vivo, ex vivo, and/or anatomical techniques.

The laboratory is located in the Sandler Neurosciences Building on the Mission Bay Campus, providing access to the UCSF Neuroscience community including the UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences, the Center for Integrated Neuroscience, and the Kavli Institute for Fundamental Neuroscience.

Additional information is available at:

Expertise in at least one of the following techniques is preferred: rodent behavior/analysis, electrophysiology, immunocytochemistry, and/or stereotaxic surgery.  Proficiency in programming is a plus.  Successful candidate(s) will be expected to lead a project as well as be able to work as part of a highly collaborative lab team. 

Applicants should hold a Ph.D. or equivalent in neuroscience, pharmacology, bioengineering, or related fields. Please send a statement of your research interests, CV, and contact information for 2 references to:

Prof. Elyssa Margolis

675 Nelson Rising Lane

San Francisco, CA 94143

Campus Box 0444


Equal Employment Opportunity

The University of California San Francisco is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer.  All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, protected veteran or disabled status, or genetic information.

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