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Postdoctoral Scholar - Neurology - Alzheimer’s Disease Center

UCLA Department of Neurology
Los Angeles, California
Salary commensurate with experience
Closing date
Oct 28, 2022
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Dr. Keith Vossel, a Professor of Neurology and Director of the Mary S. Easton Center for

Alzheimer’s Disease Research at UCLA, is seeking highly motivated applicants interested in a Postdoctoral Scholar position to investigate disease mechanisms in mouse models of

Alzheimer’s and other neurodegenerative diseases, as well as human studies. This position offers training in cell and molecular, neural network, and behavior relationships in mouse models of AD and opportunities to interface with a translational group bridging bench discoveries with human clinical trials. Dr. Vossel's laboratory studies mechanisms and novel treatments for seizures and related memory loss in mouse models of Alzheimer's disease. In tandem, Dr. Vossel's clinical studies investigate network hyperexcitability in Alzheimer's disease and related disorders, and include clinical trials of anti-seizure drugs to treat Alzheimer's disease-associated network hyperexcitability ( Identifier: NCT02002819).

Dr. Vossel has been recognized for excellence in mentoring and has sponsored fellowship awards from the NIH and American Academy of Neurology.

Duties and Tasks

  • Lead and perform lab-based experiments that include preparing primary neuronal cultures, live cell imaging, protein-interaction assays, kinase activity assays, biochemical analysis of synaptic proteins, immunocytochemistry, mouse electroencephalography, slice electrophysiology mouse seizure scoring, mouse behavior
  • Mentor graduate students and technical staff, and collaborate with other Easton Center scientists and other outside scientific partners to design, implement, and analyze experiments
  • Prepare manuscripts for submission to scientific journals
  • Prepare grant applications, including career-development awards
  • Present at scientific meetings

Skills, Knowledge and Abilities Required Qualifications:

  • PhD and/or MD with concentration in neuroscience or related field
  • Strong record of presenting research results through publications and scientific meetings
  • Excellent interpersonal and communication skills and ability to work collaboratively
  • Rodent handling experience Preferred Qualifications:
  • Experience in electrophysiology/neurophysiology in mice or humans
  • Experience in mouse behavior
  • Proficiency in molecular biology, protein-interaction, immunochemistry, and cell culture
  • Experience in MATLAB

Application procedure: Apply by submitting your application to our online RECRUIT system


Please submit the following to be considered for candidacy:



Document requirements

• Curriculum Vitae

• Research Statement

• Statement describing experience and potential contributions to equity and diversity

• List of 4-6 academic references

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Policy. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of Full Vaccination or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, and/or Religious Objection) or Deferral (based on pregnancy) no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees must (a) provide proof of receiving at least one dose of a COVID-19 Vaccine no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment and provide proof of Full Vaccination no later than eight weeks after their first date of employment; or (b) if applicable, submit a request for Exception or Deferral no later than 14 calendar days after their first date of employment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements. 

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.


The Department of Neurology at UCLA was founded by Augustus S. Rose, MD, in the 1950s in the UCLA School of Medicine. The department grew from a few faculty members in that era to more than 100 in present times. The department is also the home to 125 trainees and is associated with seven affiliated hospitals.

The faculty of the Department of Neurology are distinguished scientists and clinicians who have been ranked #1 or #2 in NIH funding since 2002. New and renovated laboratory space typifies the efficient, effective and handsome surroundings in which the department is situated. The Department of Neurology is divided into disease-specific and method-specific programs including all of the major categories of neurological diseases and methods that include neurogenetics and neuroimaging as well as health services research. The faculty of the department represent a distinguished group of leaders in United States neurology. They chair many of the courses at national meetings and are the authors of many noted textbooks on subdisciplines in neurology. The faculty are accessible to trainees and well known nationally and internationally.

The Neurology Residency Training Program in the Department of Neurology at UCLA began in the 1960s, at a time when the department moved to the Reed Neurological Research Center. The Department of Neurology is also the founding division of the Neuropsychiatric Institute, recently renamed the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior. Many faculty also belong to the UCLA Brain Research Institute.

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