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Neuroscience Postdoctoral Scholar - DeNardo Lab

Recruitment Period

Open date: October 31st, 2018
Last review date: Wednesday, Nov 14, 2018 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.
Final date: Monday, Sep 30, 2019 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
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 DeNardo Lab is seeking a Neuroscience Postdoctoral Scholar

We are looking for an enthusiastic and motivated postdoctoral scholar interested in mapping cortical circuits underlying fearful behaviors in the mouse. Prior experience in cellular and systems neuroscience is a plus, but not required. Ideal candidates are enthusiastic learners and team players with a strong graduate training record.

Our lab studies how the organization of cortical circuits gives rise to behavior. The medial prefrontal cortex (mPFC) contributes to many learned behaviors including fear memory retrieval, fear extinction, and avoidance. In addition, mPFC is broadly interconnected with diverse brain regions, and is linked to many psychiatric disorders. We use innovative genetic tools and imaging technologies to define the connectivity and function of mPFC neurons underlying adaptive behaviors, and to identify the molecular cues that wire these circuits during development.

Using advanced viral and genetic tools, whole-brain imaging of cleared tissue using a light sheet microscope, in vivo optogenetics, and miniscope imaging in behaving animals, we aim to:

• Delineate the organization and behavioral function of mPFC circuits underlying fearful behaviors

• Map activity patterns that give rise to distinct adaptive behaviors

• Identify molecular cues guiding the assembly of mPFC circuits

The DeNardo lab will open in January 2019 in the UCLA Department of Physiology. The lab will be housed in the brand new ‘Theme in Neuroscience’ space, where we will be surrounded by like-minded scientists leading their fields in cellular and systems-level neuroscience and technology development. For more information, please visit:

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter describing current and future research interests, a CV, and names and contact information for 3 references to this link:

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Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Cover Letter - Please describe current and future research interests

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity - Statement addressing past and/or potential contributions to diversity through research, teaching, and/or service.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)