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Postdoctoral fellow at the intersection of ion channel biophysics and sensory neuroscience

University of Texas-Austin
Austin, Texas
Minimum $60,000 per year + benefits
Closing date
Jan 12, 2024

Job Details

A position is available for a full-time Postdoctoral Fellow in the laboratory of Dr. Amy Lee, PhD in the Dept. of Neuroscience at The University of Texas at Austin. We are broadly interested in Ca2+ signaling mechanisms underlying the development, function, and repair of the nervous system. Our current areas of research include studies of voltage-gated Ca2+ channels in the retina with a focus on the development and function of photoreceptor synapses, as well as how dysregulation of Ca2+ channels cause inherited retinal disorders. We are also studying the roles of calmodulin-like Ca2+sensors in somatosensory functions and axonal outgrowth in dorsal root ganglion neurons. A new direction of the lab is to utilize fluorescence techniques to study the biophysical properties of Ca2+ channels at the single molecule level. We utilize techniques including patch clamp electrophysiology, confocal and two-photon imaging, molecular biology and biochemistry, and behavioral assays. Responsibilities include participating in research studies, mentoring of other lab personnel, and engaging in career development activities.

Required Qualifications

  • PhD in neuroscience or related field received within the last three years
  • Experience in electrophysiology, optical imaging, molecular biology, and/or biochemistry 

Preferred Qualifications

  • Knowledge of retinal neurobiology and associated techniques
  • First-author on at least one peer-reviewed publication 

Postdoctoral Fellow positions are for one year, and are renewable based upon availability of funding, work performance, and progress toward research goals.

The University of Texas at Austin has strong and interactive research programs in Neuroscience, Psychology, Computer and Computational Science, Statistics, Mathematics, Engineering, Physics, Chemistry, and Molecular Biology, with an established culture of cross disciplinary collaboration. The university is committed to supporting the training and research at all levels, and has support for aiding postdocs in career development activities such as grant writing, resume development, and job search strategies.

In addition, Austin is widely recognized as one of America’s most beautiful and livable cities, with many green spaces and opportunities for outdoor and activities. As the home of Austin City Limits and South by Southwest, Austin has a diverse and vibrant cultural scene with outstanding restaurants and active nightlife.

The position is security sensitive. The University of Texas at Austin is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer committed to diversity. 

Interested candidates should send CV with contact information for 3 references to: Amy Lee at and can apply for requisition R_00029931 at The University of Texas at Austin Workday Human Resources site.




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