Postdoctoral Research Scholar in Vision Science at UCSF

Ou laboratory, Department of Ophthalmology, University of California, San Francisco
UCSF, San Francisco
Minimal NIH salary + postdoctoral scholar housing allowance
Closing date
Nov 19, 2023


Postdoctoral Opportunity in Neuroscience

Cellular mechanisms of

neurodegeneration and neuroregeneration in glaucoma


Ou Laboratory

University of California, San Francisco


The Ou laboratory at the University of California, San Francisco is recruiting a highly motivated and creative scientist to join our team as a Postdoctoral Research Scholar. Our group is interested in studying the early mechanisms underlying retinal ganglion cell degeneration, circuit remodeling in glaucoma, and retinal ganglion cell replacement. Our approach takes advantage of mouse and primate models of experimental glaucoma, biolistic transfection of cells, high-resolution microscopy, electrophysiology, and molecular and cellular biology. We are also studying circuit disassembly, plasticity, and reassembly in non-human primate and human glaucoma tissue, and the integration of stem cell-derived retinal ganglion cells into diseased retina. Highly motivated candidates with a solid record of productivity and a neuroscience background or related fields are sought. Prior experience with mouse and/or primate models, confocal imaging, electrophysiology, molecular and cellular neurobiology, stem cell biology, and/or programming are desired. Experience with RNA-seq is a plus. Responsibilities include designing and conducting experiments, analyzing data, preparing and presenting research findings at meetings, helping write scientific manuscripts, and applying for fellowships/grants. We are a small and collaborative lab that promotes a culture of openness, mentorship and support, and career development. The successful candidate will have a recent MD, PhD, or MD/PhD (or equivalent) degree with less than 2 years of postdoctoral experience, solid publication record, written/verbal English communication skills, strong organizational skills, and the ability to work independently while being a team player.

The research environment at UCSF is robust and collaborative, with a strong vision science group in the Department of Ophthalmology within a diverse neuroscience community. The Department also sponsors a postdoctoral fellow training program focused on mentorship, networking, and recognition. The lab is supported by funds from the NIH and other foundations. As a university policy, the salary and stipend levels follow the current NIH/NRSA scale with an additional housing allowance. UCSF provides quality on-campus housing and related services to postdocs.

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.

Duration: Minimum of 2 years with advancement to the second year dependent upon satisfactory progress during the first year.  The appointment may be extended beyond 2 years contingent on funding and satisfactory performance.

Please send CV, a statement of research experience, a statement of career goals, and contact information for three references (including mailing address/affiliation, phone number, and email address).


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