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Postdoctoral Fellow, Cellular Neuroscience

Northwestern University
Chicago, Illinois
NIH postdoctoral fellow salary + benefits
Closing date
Jan 1, 2022
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Postdoctoral position – Cellular Neuroscience

We have a post-doctoral position available immediately to pursue an exciting project in cellular neuroscience related to synaptic plasticity and neuropathic pain. The position will examine the role of store-operated Orai1 channels in regulating synaptic plasticity, cognitive functions, and neuropathic pain using slice electrophysiology, calcium imaging, and behavioral assays. A particular focus is examination of the role of glial cells in controlling synaptic plasticity.  Applicants with interests and experience in cell physiology and electrophysiology, and who are highly motivated for developing careers as independent investigators are encouraged to apply. The work for this project is based on our recent publications on the role of Orai1 channels in regulating calcium signaling in astrocytes and dendritic spines (Maneshi et al, Cell Reports, 2020; Toth et al, Science Signaling, 2019). 

Please send CV, including names of 2 or more references, to Dr. Murali Prakriya (

The successful candidate will join a laboratory that uses a range of electrophysiological, imaging (wide-field, confocal, TIRF, and FRET microscopy), biochemical, and behavioral techniques to study the mechanisms and functions of store operated calcium signaling in the brain. The laboratory is funded by NIH grants and is a part of the Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in downtown Chicago.

Minimum requirements include graduate (PhD) training in neuroscience or physiology using electrophysiological approaches, and familiarity with imaging, microscopy, and molecular biology.

Northwestern University is an Equal Opportunity, Affirmative Action Employer of all protected classes, including veterans and individuals with disabilities. Women, racial and ethnic minorities, individuals with disabilities, and veterans are encouraged to apply. Hiring is contingent upon eligibility to work in the United States.

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