Postdoctoral Fellow: Neuroplasticity and Repair Laboratory

UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine
Los Angeles, California
Salary Commensurate with Experience
May 13, 2020
Jun 12, 2020
Position Type
Full Time
Entry Level

We seek an experienced scientist to advance our research at the University of California, Los Angeles Department of Neurosurgery in the laboratory of Daniel C. Lu, MD, PhD.

Dr. Lu’s laboratory studies neural circuits within the spinal cord. Strategies that recover function after spinal cord injury (SCI) by exciting the interneuronal circuitry through electrical stimulation and pharmacological agonist therapy are subjects of our research. We conduct studies in animal models that decipher the mechanistic basis of recovery after neuromodulation. We validate these findings in humans through clinical trials. The fellow will also be responsible for helping to supervise graduate students and undergraduate student researchers, preparing manuscripts for publication in scientific journals, and assisting with the preparation of grant proposals.

Responsibilities of this position include study design, data acquisition, statistical computation, and literature review and manuscript/grant preparation.

Additional duties include the following:

  • Supervision of undergraduates, graduate students and new postdoctoral trainees in the lab.
  • Assist with preparation of grant proposals.
  • Preparation of manuscripts for publication in scientific journals.
  • The candidate will report directly to the Principal Investigator and will successfully carry out experiments and analyze the data generated with minimal supervision.



Applicants must have a PhD or MD or both. Ideal candidates will have a strong background in the following areas: neurophysiology, molecular biology, rodent surgery and SCI models, and data analysis. Applicants must have experience with the use of chemo- or optogenetic, immunohistochemical, or electrophysiological techniques or a combination thereof. Experience using clinical neurophysiological equipment in a human subjects research setting is desired but not mandatory.



  • Ability to work independently on scientific projects.
  • Ability to work on multiple projects efficiently and effectively.
  • Required to communicate well with other scientists worldwide.
  • Candidate should have 5 years research experience in neuroscience in an academic setting or equivalent.
  • Ability to handle several projects simultaneously.
  • Ability to help and train various personnel in image acquisition and analysis and make significant contributions to the design and execution of other laboratory members' experiments.

The University of California 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, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.