Applications are invited for outstanding postdoctoral candidates to contribute to an NIH-funded project in The Mathews Lab investigating the role of cerebellar-forebrain interconnectivity in behavioral flexibility at The Lundquist Institute for Biomedical Innovation at Harbor-UCLA Medical Center. Fellowships will provide a research training experience designed to develop broad-based expertise in neuroscience research and several technological skills (e.g., in vivo electrophysiology and rodent fMRI), as well as to develop the skills required for an independent research career.
The successful applicant will report directly to Dr. Paul Mathews working on a NIMH funded project:
The primary duties will involve designing and executing experiments for projects focused on understanding the neural signals provided by the cerebellum to the forebrain in support of adaptive shifts in behavior.
The Lundquist Institute (formerly LA Biomedical Institute) is an independent, non-profit research institute with over 110 investigators, 600 scientists, trainees, and technicians as well as administrative staff associated with UCLA. In the 67 years since its founding, The Lundquist Institute has made seminal contributions to Science and Medicine, including the modern serum cholesterol test, the creation and implementation of a training system for paramedics, and the development of enzyme replacement therapy for lysosomal storage diseases. The Lundquist Institute intellectual property has enabled the formation of 10 spin-off companies over the last 9 years. Its ecosystem for innovation occupies 11.5 acres on the Harbor-UCLA campus in Torrance, CA. The newly completed research tower adds 80,000 square feet of state-of-the-art laboratory, office, and public space to our scientific infrastructure.
Key responsibilities include, but are not limited to:
- Designing and performing experiments involving mouse behavior, in vivo electrophysiology, neuroimaging, immunohistochemistry, and data analysis.
- Adhering to standards for safety and hygiene and ethical conduct as defined by the Institute and relevant outside parties.
- Excellent communication, presentation, and writing skills are essential, as is the ability to work with complex data and work successfully in a highly collegial team.
PhD in neuroscience, physiology, biomedical sciences, engineering or equivalent.
The ideal candidate will possess the following knowledge, skills, and professional competencies:
- A doctoral degree (PhD or equivalent). A track record of scientific achievement as evidenced by peer-reviewed journal publications Experience in neuroscience. Experience in electrophysiology and data analyses. Experience in neuroimaging and data analyses. Flexibility in work schedule to accommodate experimental need that may occur on any day of the week. In-depth knowledge of the scientific principles, methods, and processes (technical and/or theoretical) used to conduct scientific research– including experimental design, methods of data collection and analysis, and interpreting and reporting results. Demonstrated expertise at working across and within disciplines. Ability to plan workload effectively. Excellent interpersonal skills. Excellent verbal and written communication skills and the ability to work well independently or as part of a team.