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Postdoctoral Fellow Laboratories of Rusty Gage, Lyle Muller, and John Reynolds

Employer
The Salk Institute For Biological Studies
Location
San Diego, California
Salary
$70,000-$77,500
Closing date
Sep 8, 2024

Job Details

Job Summary

The Gage, Muller, and Reynolds laboratories are seeking a postdoctoral researcher who is passionate about making breakthroughs into how the brain encodes and triggers the readout of spatiotemporally rich memories. This position, at the Salk Institute in La Jolla, California, offers a unique opportunity to collaborate with three distinguished principal investigators, each bringing complementary expertise to the project.  

Rusty Gage is a renowned professor of neuroscience at the Salk Institute, widely recognized for his pioneering work in stem cell research and neurobiology. His lab has been at the forefront of developing and applying cutting-edge technologies to study the human brain, particularly in the areas of iPSC-derived neural models and directly-induced neurons.

Lyle Muller is a theoretical neuroscientist specializing in neuroscience, computational modeling, and applied mathematics. As a professor of mathematics at Western University and co-founder of the Fields Lab for Network Science at the Fields Institute for Research in Mathematical Sciences, Dr. Muller develops innovative approaches to analyze and model large-scale neural population dynamics.

John Reynolds is a professor of neuroscience at the Salk Institute, dedicated to understanding the neural mechanisms underlying vision, perception, and conscious awareness. His laboratory develops models to explain these processes and uses cutting-edge techniques, such as optogenetics, to test these models.

Qualifications

The ideal candidate should be collegial, creative, and deeply interested in neuroscience. While we will provide comprehensive training in all necessary areas, expertise in specific domains such as electrophysiology, computational neuroscience, or cell culture techniques—including the derivation of neurons from induced pluripotent stem cells (iPSCs)—would be advantageous. 

Education

  • Ph.D. or equivalent degree in neuroscience
  • One or more first-author peer-reviewed publications

Application Process

Interested candidates should submit their CV, a brief statement of research interests, and a list of three references via the link below.

Who We Are

The Salk Institute is an internationally renowned research institution that values diversity, equity, and inclusion. We seek bold and interactive leaders passionate about exploring new frontiers in science. Our collaborative community embraces diverse perspectives and unique life experiences, fostering innovation, and a sense of belonging. Together, we strive to improve the wellbeing of humanity through groundbreaking research.

Founded by Jonas Salk, developer of the first safe and effective polio vaccine, the Institute is an independent, nonprofit research organization and architectural landmark: small by choice, intimate by nature, and fearless in the face of any challenge. Salk's vibrant community comprises a diverse and talented group of individuals, each playing a crucial role in driving our mission forward. From visionary leaders to dedicated administrators and brilliant faculty members, the Institute is united by a shared passion for scientific exploration and innovation.

What We Can Offer

The full postdoctoral salary range for wet lab opportunities is $70,000-$77,500 (see below). This range covers the entire postdoctoral training period; recent Ph.D. graduates should expect an offer at or close to $70,000 (minimum of the salary range). Salk Institute provides pay ranges representing its good faith estimate of what the institute reasonably expects to pay for a position. The pay offered to a selected candidate will be determined based on factors such as (but not limited to) the scope and responsibilities of the position, the qualifications of the selected candidate, departmental budget availability, internal equity, geographic location, and external market pay for comparable jobs.

Salk Postdoc Salary

Experience Level/Tier

0 $70,000

1 $71,500

2 $73,000

3 $74,500

4 $76,000

5 $77,500

Benefits

Salk Institute offers competitive benefits, including medical, dental, vision, retirement, paid time off, tuition reimbursement, patient advocacy services, and transit/parking program.

Salk Values

The Salk Community, both scientists and administrators, worked together to define values that we believe support Salk’s pursuit of excellence. To be truly the best scientific institution requires not only incredible discoveries, but a common understanding of how we should work together to enable those discoveries.

The acronym “I CARE” provides a simple way to remember each of the values and reminds each of us of the importance of what we do each day.

Equal Employment Opportunity Statement

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is an Equal Opportunity Employer and is committed to providing equal access to opportunities for students, employees, applicants for employment and other visitors. Salk has also adopted and maintains a policy to encourage professional and respectful workplace behavior and prevent discriminatory and harassing conduct in our workplace.
Accordingly, the Institute prohibits harassment and discrimination in employment on the basis of, and considers all qualified applicants for employment without regard to, actual or perceived race, color, religion, religious creed (including religious dress and grooming practices), national origin, ancestry, citizenship, physical or mental disability, medical condition (including cancer and genetic characteristics), genetic information, marital status, age, sex (including pregnancy, childbirth, breastfeeding, or related medical conditions), gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, veteran and/or military status (disabled veteran, veteran of the Vietnam era, other covered veteran status), political affiliation, and any other status protected by state or federal law.

Company

The Salk Institute for Biological Studies is one of the world's preeminent basic research institutions. It consistently ranks among the top US institutions in terms of research output and quality in the life sciences. The institute provides a superb, collaborative working environment with a focus on mentoring future generations of young researchers.

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