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Postdoctoral Research Scholar: Synaptic and Circuit Mechanism in the Auditory System

Arizona State University/School of Life Sciences
Tempe, Arizona
$47,476 - $68,604; DOE per year
Closing date
Apr 21, 2024

A grant funded, full-time, regular fiscal appointment for a Postdoctoral Research Scholar is available in the Balmer Lab in the School of Life Sciences at Arizona State University to study the neurophysiological mechanisms of hearing. We are looking for highly motivated individuals interested in auditory neuroscience. The goal of the Balmer Lab is to discover how brain circuits function and how they contribute to hearing and balance and their associated disorders.  We investigate neurophysiological mechanisms on multiple levels of analysis, utilizing in vitro acute brain slice electrophysiology to study synapses, viral tracing to study brain circuitry and in vivo electrophysiology to study how cells and circuits underlie hearing and balance. Anticipated start date is May 2024, but remains flexible for applicants with desired qualifications. Please see

Hiring range: $47,476 - $68,604 annually, DOE; benefits-eligible.

Continuation is contingent on future grant funding. This position is expected to run for two consecutive years. The second-year renewal is contingent upon satisfactory progress and contribution to the collective program.

The School of Life Sciences (SOLS) has provided a vital hub for creative excellence at Arizona State University, with more than 670 faculty, graduate students, postdoctoral fellows and staff. As ASU’s first academic unit to fully reflect President Michael Crow’s integrated, interdisciplinary vision for the New American University, the School of Life Sciences offers active and evolving platforms for collaborative, cutting-edge research and faculty whose discovery is freed from traditional institutional boundaries.

The College of Liberal Arts and Sciences values our cultural and intellectual diversity and continually strives to foster a welcoming and inclusive environment. Learn more about The College at https://thecollege.asu/edu/

Arizona State University is a dynamic, progressive university dedicated to interdisciplinary collaborations, to rethinking university education, and to integrating excellence in research and teaching. The university has been ranked #1 for innovation by the US News & World Report for the past five years.

Minimum qualifications:

A PhD (or terminal degree) in a relevant field such as neuroscience or biology, by the time of appointment Strong record of scholarly achievement Capacity to work effectively in a research laboratory with mice Excellent communication skills, technical abilities and be independent, curious and motivated Demonstrated commitment to working with faculty, staff, students and communities to advance the ASU Charter

Desired qualifications:

  • Previous experience with in vitro brain slice electrophysiology Previous experience with in vivo electrophysiology Previous experience with in viral tracing and anatomical analysis Previous experience with computational modeling

Application Instructions:

To review and apply for this position, please visit Applicants must submit:

  1. Cover letter describing research interests and career goals. Applicants should summarize experience and explain how it prepares them for the position. Curriculum vitae or resume. Contact information (name, email and phone) for three professional references.

Application close date is April 23, 2024.

All application materials due April 23, 2024. Applications will continue to be accepted on a rolling basis for a reserve pool. Applications in the reserve pool may then be reviewed in the order in which they were received until the position is filled.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

A background check is required for employment. Arizona State University is a VEVRAA Federal Contractor and an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will be considered without regard to race, color, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, religion, national origin, disability, protected veteran status, or any other basis protected by law. ASU’s full nondiscrimination statement (ACD 401) is located on the ASU website at and

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