Employment Opportunities

Postdoctoral Scholar- Department of Neurology, UC Davis

Employer: Cognitive Electrophysiology and Neuroimaging Lab, Neurology

Salary: Based on NIH scale, commensurate with experience and qualifications

Work Location:  Davis, CA
PT/FT: Full Time

Starts: Review of applications ongoing until positions are filled

Position Description: One Postdoctoral Position available in the Department of Neurology

The Post-Doctoral Scholar (PS) primary duties will be to collect and analyze electrophysiological (ERP) and EEG data in the Cognitive Electrophysiology and Neuroimaging (CEaN) Lab directed by Dr. John Olichney in the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain.  Various analytic techniques and software (e.g. EEGLab, MatLab, ERPLab, SPSS, FieldTrip, BESA, and locally-developed software programs) are applied to analyze ERP and EEG data, and prior experience with most of the above techniques is required. Dr. Olichney and other CMB investigators are currently collecting ERP/EEG experiments of attention, language and memory processes at the UC Davis Center for Mind and Brain in elderly persons and patients with early stage Alzheimer’s disease.  A 5 year grant funded by the NIH will examine the relative sensitivity of various Cognitive ERP components to AD and their ability to track disease progression. This knowledge will be instrumental for developing disease-modifying therapies which aim to slow down or reverse AD pathophysiology. The project also involves collection of state-of the art structural MRI studies at the UC Davis Medical Center’s (UCDMC) Imaging Research Center, using 3 Tesla MRI, and amyloid PET studies, also conducted at UCDMC.  In addition opportunities may arise to conduct, simultaneous EEG/ERP/fMRI experiments using a 128 channel Neuroscan amplifier system with customized software for artifact removal in Davis, where a 3T Siemens Skyra MRI scanner is maintained. The PS should also be able to administer standardized and experimental neuropsychological tests and conduct analyses using different operating systems such as Linux, DOS, and Windows. The PS will interact with neurological patients, their caregivers and other members of the laboratory. It is expected that the PS would have a Ph. D. degree in Psychology or Neuroscience, or a Neuroscience-related field. At least two year’s working experience in either an ERP, EEG, MEG or fMRI lab is required. In addition, strong technical backgrounds in computer hardware and software, statistical methods and scientific writing are desired.  Prior experience in working with clinical populations to perform EEG and/or fMRI is also strongly recommended.  He or she will also oversee training and support for other junior lab members (e.g. rotating students).  In addition, he or she will be expected to help in the preparation of grant proposals and scientific publications related to the above work, and assist in preparing materials for IRB review. This one to three year position (renewable after 1 year) also includes intensive training in both ERP and EEG methodology and allows opportunities to develop innovative methodologies for Event-related potentials (ERP) analyses, Event-related oscillations (ERO) and spectral EEG analyses, and source localization of ERP/EEG components. Basic skills in analyzing structural MRI and PET data can also be obtained, along with their applications for Multi-modal imaging.

Requirements:

  • Previous experience collecting ERP or EEG data (1 year minimum) is required.
  • Previous experience working with ERP, EEG or MEG in a clinical populations (1 year minimum) is required.
  • Highly proficient in computer skills across multiple operating systems. Familiarity with Linux.
  • Excellent scientific writing skills, and a track record of peer-reviewed publications in cognitive neuroscience or human electrophysiology are required.

 

To Apply or Inquire:
Please email a letter of interest, CV, and names of three references to Gina McDuff at
gamcduff@ucdavis.edu with “postdoctoral position” as the subject header. The University of California,
Davis, is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the
development of a climate that supports equality of opportunity and respect for differences.

Postdoctoral Fellow- Center for Neuroscience, UC Davis

Employer: Nord Lab, Center for Neuroscience

Salary: Based on NIH scale, commensurate with experience and qualifications

Work Location:  Davis, Ca

PT/FT: Full Time

Starts: Two positions open, review of applications ongoing until positions are filled

Position Description: Two Postdoctoral Positions available in Neurogenomics


The Nord Lab (http://nordlab.faculty.ucdavis.edu) has two funded postdoctoral positions with initial 12-
month appointments and performance-dependent potential for extension. Our research explores gene
regulatory circuits and chromatin dynamics in the brain, studying how these features contribute to brain
development, evolution, and function, and to neurological disorders. We apply functional and
comparative genomics, rodent and cell-based models, and human genetics to reveal function of
primary DNA sequence, epigenomic modifications, and chromatin structure. We are located within the
collaborative research environments at the UC Davis Center for Neuroscience and Genome Center,
and are connected to the larger UC Davis and the UCD Medical Center communities. Primary
responsibilities are designing and performing experiments, analyzing results, drafting manuscripts and
grants, and presentation of research. The successful candidate will lead projects within existing areas
of interest in our lab and develop new lines of study within the broad arena of neurogenomics.
Applicants do not need to specify which position – all applicants will be considered for both.


Position #1: Using rodent models to understand gene regulation. We use emerging
technologies such as cell labeling, functional genomics, and single cell profiling to understand gene
regulatory wiring in the brain. We are specifically looking for candidates with a strong background
using in vivo methods of DNA delivery (e.g. electroporation, lentiviral, and AAV) in rodent models.


Position #2: Epigenomics in neurological disorders. We are characterizing factors (regulatory
sequences and chromatin state) involved in developmental and gene x environment transcriptional
circuitry to understand the molecular and cellular basis of neurological disorders. Competitive
candidates will have a strong background in experimental and computational genetics and
genomics. Bioinformatics and biostatistics experience preferred but not required.


Requirements:
In addition to the technical qualifications listed above, candidates must:
• Possess a PhD/MD in neuroscience, genetics, or related fields
• Be enthusiastic, dedicated, and team-oriented and have outstanding recommendations
• Have excellent written/oral communication skills and a strong record of publications
• Have no more than two years of postdoctoral training


To Apply or Inquire:
Please email a letter of interest, CV, and names of three references to Alex Nord at
asnord@ucdavis.edu with “postdoctoral position” as the subject header. The University of California,
Davis, is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer with a strong institutional commitment to the
development of a climate that supports equality of opportunity and respect for differences.