Postdoctoral Research Associate in the Neural Circuitry of the Brain-Gut Axis

Charlottesville, Virginia
Salary based on experience; benefits included
Jan 07, 2021
Mar 08, 2021
Position Type
Full Time

The Campbell lab ( in the Biology Department of the University of Virginia (UVA) seeks a post-doctoral research associate to investigate neural circuits that control digestive, cardiorespiratory, and immune function. Our lab is unraveling these circuits using single-cell RNA-seq to systematically define the underlying types of neurons and their genetic markers. We then apply marker-driven genetic tools to map each neuron type’s synaptic circuitry as well as monitor and manipulate their activity in vivo. Current projects in our lab include: 1) using single-cell RNA-seq to define the molecular and cellular organization of the brainstem; 2) virally tracing the neural circuits which connect brain and other vital organs; 3) monitoring neuronal activity in vivo in response to different physiological challenges; and 4) manipulating the activity of neuron subtypes to characterize their specific role in organ physiology. We are seeking a creative, motivated, and team-oriented postdoctoral fellow to help lead these projects. Candidates identifying as under-represented minorities (URMs) are especially encouraged to apply.

QUALIFICATIONS: Candidates must have a doctoral degree in Neuroscience, Neurobiology, or a related field, and/or an M.D. or equivalent, by the start date. Candidates must have expertise in one or more of the techniques routinely used in the lab: single-cell RNA-seq; RNA in situ hybridization; microscopy; mouse stereotaxic surgery; optogenetics; fiber photometry.

APPLICATION PROCEDURE: Apply online at  and attach a curriculum vitae, cover letter, and contact information for three references. Please note that multiple documents can be uploaded in the CV box. 

APPLICATION DEADLINE: Review of applications will begin on December 20, 2020 and the posting will remain open until filled. The University will perform background checks on all new hires prior to employment.

For questions regarding this position, please contact John Campbell, Assistant Professor, at

For questions regarding the application process, contact Rich Haverstrom, Faculty Search Advisor, at

For more information on the benefits available to postdoctoral associates at UVA, visit and

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