We have an opening for a Postdoctoral Fellow studying interactions between stress and fear using rodent models such as stress-enhanced fear learning in the Fanselow Laboratory at UCLA (https://fanselowlab.psych.ucla.edu). Expertise with in vitro slice physiology is an absolute requirement. While a significant percentage of effort will be with electrophysiology there will also be opportunities to use and/or learn many additional techniques including advanced behavioral analysis, microscopy, imaging, and molecular biological methods. The applicant will also be able to take advantage of the large, diverse and highly collaborative nature of UCLA neuroscience. The position is available immediately and interviews will continue until an outstanding candidate is identified.
A successful candidate will have the following qualifications:
Ph.D. in Neuroscience or related field
Ability to work in a collaborative and collegial environment
Expertise in slice electrophysiology is necessary
Experience with other relevant techniques including behavior and molecular biology is desirable but not essential.
Internal Number: 110419
About Fanselow Laboratory UCLA
Dr. Fanselow’s laboratory is interested in the nature and function of fear. A series of questions of particular interest is how fear is learned and how fear memories are stored in the brain. That research concentrates its efforts on forebrain regions such as the amygdala, hippocampus and neocortex. In terms of neurotransmitter systems we have been concentrating our effort on glutamate, GABA and acetycholine. More than simply tracing the circuits, we are trying to determine the specific contributions that different components of the circuit contribute to the complete experience of an emotional memory. Another important question is how fear memories are translated into specific behavior patterns. That work primarily focuses on the midbrain periaqueductal gray. The laboratory uses rat and mouse models featuring site specific pharmacological manipulations, chemogenetics, optogenetics, brain lesioning and genetic modifications. Much of the current work examines behavior in genetically modified mice. But our mission is to use every technique available to derive a complete understanding of fear-motivated behavior.