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Postdoctoral Scholar – Synaptic Physiology

University of Nevada, Reno
Reno, Nevada
NIH Postdoctoral salary, starting at $61,008/year + benefits
Closing date
Sep 24, 2024

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Job Description

We are seeking to hire immediately two (2) positions. We seek highly motivated postdoctoral researchers with experience in cellular and molecular neuroscience techniques and/or electrophysiology to join the laboratory of Dr. Robert Renden, in the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology. Fully-funded positions are immediately available to investigate mechanisms underlying bioenergetic support of synaptic short-term plasticity, and the role of presynaptic mitochondria, using whole cell patch-clamp electrophysiology, immunohistochemistry, and functional fluorescence imaging in mouse brain.

The major responsibilities of this position include:

  • Execute experiments to determine the bioenergetics of presynaptic function. How do routes of energy production, consumption, and distribution shape synaptic transmission and short-term plasticity?
  • Contribute to timely experimental execution, data collection, and rigorous data analysis.
  • Report experimental findings in written publications, incorporating own findings with the existing published literature.
  • Collaborate to develop mechanistic and molecular models describing cellular/molecular mechanisms that are degraded during normal aging and neurodegenerative diseases.
  • Work to develop an independent experimental research program to evaluate the impact of energetic impairment on synaptic function at central nervous system synapses.

Required Qualifications

  • Recent PhD degree (awarded within 5 years of start date) in cellular/molecular biology, synaptic neuroscience, or relevant field.
  • Experience in cell and molecular neuroscience techniques applicable for synaptic physiology: patch-clamp recording, brain slice electrophysiology, or fluorescence imaging techniques.
  • Strong organizational skills, and goal-oriented motivation towards solving fundamental questions in neuroscience.
  • An ability to work independently in a collaborative environment.

Preferred Qualifications

  • Existing first-author publications in peer-reviewed journals in the field of cellular or molecular neuroscience is highly desirable.
  • Research experience in synaptic physiology is preferred.



Pay will be commensurate or above NIH stipend for FY 2024.



Interested candidates should submit their applications through the University of Nevada, Reno link.


Job reference number: R0143147 




The University of Nevada, Reno is a leading American public research university committed to the promise of a future powered by knowledge. Founded in 1874 as Nevada’s original land-grant university, the University serves 21,000 undergraduate and graduate students from all 50 states and 63 countries.

Classified by the Carnegie® Classification of Institutions of Higher Education as an R1 (“Very High Research”) university, it is also recognized in the Carnegie® Community Engagement classification. The University is also ranked by U.S. News & World Report among the “Best National Universities” and “Best National Public Universities.” It also ranks in the top tier of the WSJ/Times Higher Education World University Rankings and the New York Times’ “Top Colleges for Economic Diversity.”


Since 2009, nearly $1 billion has been has invested in advanced labs, facilities, and residence halls on the main campus. The University is home to Nevada’s first medical school – the University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine – and it delivers on its original land-grant mission with outreach across the state through the University of Nevada, Reno Extension, Nevada Agricultural Experiment Station, Nevada Bureau of Mines and Geology, Nevada Small Business Development Center, the Nevada Seismological Laboratory, and Wolf Pack Athletics.


The main campus is in Reno, Nevada, a burgeoning global technology hub with a vibrant midtown and downtown. Found where the high desert of the Great Basin meets the High Sierra and Lake Tahoe, the beautiful, 290-acre main campus is also a Nevada State Arboretum. In recent years, the University has expanded to include two additional locations: the Redfield Campus in south Reno and the Wayne L. Prim campus in Incline Village, which is the home of the University of Nevada, Reno at Lake Tahoe.


 As part of the Nevada System of Higher Education – comprised of two research universities, one state college, four community colleges and an environmental research institute –  the University is committed to developing strong partnerships with each of these institutions for the benefit of all Nevadans.

Through its commitment to high-impact education, world-improving research and creative activity, and outreach that’s transforming Nevada’s communities and businesses, the University continues its nearly 150-year tradition of benefitting our state, nation and world.


The University recognizes that diversity promotes excellence in education and research. The inclusive and engaged community on campus recognizes the added value that students, faculty, and staff from different backgrounds bring to the educational experience.


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