Postdoctoral Scholar in the Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory

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  • Francisco J. Ayala School of Biological Sciences - Neurobiology & Behavior


    Open date: November 1st, 2017

    Next review date: February 1st, 2018
    Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

    Final date: June 30th, 2018
    Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.


    The Translational Neurobiology lab (Michael Yassa, PI) at the UC Irvine Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory (CNLM) has an open position for a postdoctoral researcher or research scientist to work on studies involving multimodal imaging in humans and animals (structural MRI, fMRI, diffusion imaging, MR spectroscopy). Projects focus on the basic neurobiology of learning and memory, as well as clinical and translational applications including mood disorders, aging and neurodegenerative disease. Numerous opportunities for exploration and the development of creative data science approaches are available. A very strong statistical background is highly desired. Lab and institutional resources include a new research-dedicated 3T Siemens Prisma scanner, a 9.4 Tesla Bruker animal scanner, opportunities to record intracranial EEG from pre-surgical epilepsy patients at a high-throughput facility (in collaboration with Dr. Jack Lin, Neurology), and high density EEG and sleep studies (in collaboration with Dr. Ruth Benca, Psychiatry), an active Alzheimer's Disease Research Center, and a newly established sleep center. In addition to working on new projects, there are also abundant opportunities to work with existing data across multiple research programs and diseases.

    Requirements for the position include: a Ph.D. in neuroscience or related field, strong background in MRI data analysis including multivariate methods (multivariate pattern analysis/representational similarity analysis), and demonstrable skill in one or more programming languages (e.g. Matlab or Python). Exceptionally strong statistical skills are highly desired. The successful applicant would have a strong first-author publication record and a demonstrable interest in learning and memory. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and written, are a must. A desire to mentor and teach graduate and undergraduate students is also a plus. Beyond qualifications and skills, the successful applicant should be collaborative, resourceful, and productive and must be able to manage multiple research projects with ease and have an eye for common approaches and themes.

    In addition to lab funding, candidates may also qualify for support through T32 institutional training grant mechanisms, postdoc NRSA, and collaborative projects. Applications will be reviewed until the position is filled. Salary is based on NIH pay scales and start date is in the winter/spring of 2018 but is flexible.
    Qualified candidates should submit a cover letter and Curriculum Vitae detailing your research experience, and names and contact information for three references to the following on-line recruitment URL:

    For more information about this position contact the PI, Dr. Michael Yassa at [email protected]. For more information about the lab, please see For more information about the UCI CNLM, please see

    The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.
    Job location Irvine, CA


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    Posted: 3/2/2018
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