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Postdoctoral Position in Sleep Dysfunction and Neurodegenerative Diseases

San Francisco, California
Salary Commensurate with Experience
Closing date
Sep 7, 2022
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We are seeking a postdoc to join our growing team investigating the basis of sleep dysfunction in neurodegenerative disease. We are seeking someone who  will be integral in a multidisciplinary effort for deciphering changes caused by neurodegenerative disease in the sleep-wake system, with the goal of developing effective therapeutic strategies.

The ideal candidate has a strong background in neurosciences or neuroanatomy. Working with neuropathologists, psychiatrics and neuroscientists, you will help to investigate sleep and wake promoting nuclei from human brain tissues, utilizing neuroanatomical, neuropathological and molecular  tools to provide biological interpretations and clinical insights. Successful candidates should be scientifically motivated self-starters and comfortable working in a highly productive academic environment.

The candidate will obtain advanced training in neuroanatomy, histology, quantitative human neuropathology and molecular methods geared to human brain tissue to facilitate experiments geared toward understanding the biological basis of sleep disturbances presented clinically in patients with AD and related disorders. The environment will further provide opportunities to pursue correlations between brain pathology and antemortem clinical or imaging findings. This position presents an outstanding training experience for a neuroscientist  who wishes to break into dementia, Alzheimer’s disease, sleep and neurodegenerative disease fields. The primary appointment will be at the Memory and Aging Center at UCSF at the Grinberg (

Required qualifications

PhD in neuroscience or related fields and a career interest in neurodegenerative disease. Preference will be given to applicants with prior training in mammalian anatomy and quantitative stereology and a capacity to blend neuroanatomy with molecular biological approaches, but all interested applicants are encouraged to apply.

Applications will be reviewed on an ongoing basis until the position is filled. Please direct inquiries to Dr. Grinberg by sending a letter of interest, CV and at least three references to


The University of California, San Francisco (UCSF) is a leading university dedicated to promoting health worldwide through advanced biomedical research, graduate-level education in the life sciences and health professions, and excellence in patient care. It is the only campus in the 10-campus UC system dedicated exclusively to the health sciences. Memory and Aging Center The mission of the UCSF Memory and Aging Center is to provide the highest quality of care for individuals with cognitive problems, to conduct research on causes and cures for degenerative brain diseases, and to educate health professionals, patients and their families. Grinberg Lab The Grinberg lab, part of the UCSF Memory and Aging Center, is led by Dr. Lea T. Grinberg, a MD/PhD with a background in neuropathology and neuroanatomy. Our goal is to investigate and clarify the basic principles and pathogenesis of aging and early-stage neurodegenerative disease using postmortem human tissue of normal controls and patients as the foundation. Our unique approach allows for simultaneous investigation of several aspects of the complex pathogenesis of neurodegenerative disease putting us in a strategic position for identifying therapeutic targets relevant to the earliest stages of these diseases years before the first clinical manifestations. Seeley Lab The Selective Vulnerability Research Laboratory is led by Dr. William Seeley, a neurologist and neuroscientist who specializes in neurodegenerative disease. Dr. Seeley is based at the UCSF Memory and Aging Center (MAC), part of the Department of Neurology in the UCSF School of Medicine. We study human brain organization in health and use this information to pinpoint how specific neurodegenerative diseases disrupt normal brain functioning. Our laboratory employs two major complementary approaches. Using modern neuroimaging techniques, we map the specific neural networks and regions targeted early in each disease. We then direct our investigations to the cellular and molecular levels with quantitative neuropathological experiments focused and guided by our neuroimaging results. Our goals are to (1) clarify mechanisms of selective vulnerability and disease progression and (2) to develop tools for monitoring change in patients during life. Our work is based on the principle that understanding selective vulnerability will prove helpful, and perhaps even necessary, in the search for effective treatments.
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