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Postdoctoral Fellow Position

Northwestern University
Chicago, Illinois
54,840.00 and up
Closing date
Oct 29, 2022
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A postdoctoral position is immediately available in the laboratory of Drs. John Disterhoft and Craig Weiss at the Department of Neuroscience, Feinberg School of Medicine at Northwestern University in Chicago, Illinois. The research is focused on Learning and Memory in Temporal Lobe. A major focus is on identifying the neuronal changes in the hippocampus and associated cortical regions (prefrontal and entorhinal cortices) during acquisition and recall of learned behavior in young and aging rats.  Techniques to be used include many single neuron recording with moveable tetrodes, miniature microscope (miniscope) recording of calcium activity (see Wirtshafter and Disterhoft, J Neuroscience, 2022), optogenetic activation/inactivation of specific neuron types.

PhD or MD required; at least one first authored peer reviewed publication; strong communication skills and proficiency in spoken and written English.  Experience with behavioral neuroscience focused on learning and memory, including in vivo recording and stimulation approaches, preferred.

Northwestern requires all staff and faculty to be vaccinated against COVID-19, subject to limited exceptions. For more information, please visit our COVID-19 and Campus Updates website.

The Northwestern campus sits on the traditional homelands of the people of the Council of Three Fires, the Ojibwe, Potawatomi, and Odawa as well as the Menominee, Miami and Ho-Chunk nations. We acknowledge and honor the original people of the land upon which Northwestern University stands, and the Native people who remain on this land today.

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. Click for information on EEO is the Law.

Please send CV and the contact information for three references to John Disterhoft,


Northwestern University was established under a charter approved by the Illinois state legislature on January 28, 1851. Northwestern is a private, nonsectarian university with campuses fronting on Lake Michigan in Evanston and in Chicago. Northwestern University is committed to excellent teaching, innovative research, and the personal and intellectual growth of its students in a diverse academic community.
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