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Postdoctoral Research Associate, Auditory Circuits and Behavior

University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Champaign-Urbana, Illinois
$53,760 and higher, commensurate with postdoctoral experience.
Closing date
Dec 16, 2021

The Auerbach lab ( at the University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign is seeking a Postdoctoral Research Associate to work on projects studying the synaptic and circuit mechanisms underlying auditory perception, experience-dependent plasticity, and perceptual impairments associated with hearing loss and neurodevelopmental disorders. The studies will involve a variety of approaches and tools including in vivo multichannel extracellular electrophysiology, innate and operant perceptual decision-making tasks, optogenetics, chemogenetics, stereotactic intracranial surgeries, ex vivo slice electrophysiology, calcium imaging, and novel transgenic rat models.

We are excited for motivated, independent scientists to join our research group. Candidates should hold a Ph.D. in Neuroscience, Physiology, Neurobiology, Bioengineering, or a related discipline. Candidates close to defending the Ph.D. dissertation will be considered. Candidates with experience in in vivo or ex vivo electrophysiology, in vivo calcium imaging, and/or rodent behavior are highly desired. Excellent communication skills and the ability to work both individually and as part of a team are required. Competitive candidates will have at least one first-author publication.

The University of Illinois is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action employer that recruits and hires qualified candidates without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, age, national origin, disability or veteran status. For more information, visit

The closing date for this position is December 15, 2021. Applicants may be interviewed before the closing date; however, no hiring decision will be made until after that date. Salary will be commensurate with experience and qualifications and in accordance with current NIH funding levels. The position is on a yearly basis, with NIH and other funding available for at least 3 years.

Start date: On or after January 1, 2021


Applicants should email: 1) a cover letter describing your research interests, relevant background, and career goals; (2) current CV; and (3) names of 2-3 references with email and phone contact information to: Prof. Benjamin D. Auerbach, Department of Molecular & Integrative Physiology, University of Illinois Urbana-Champaign,


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