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Postdoctoral Scholar Position in Digestive Diseases 2021-22

Application Window

Open date: October 25th, 2021

Most recent review date: Thursday, Mar 10, 2022 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: Thursday, Jun 30, 2022 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.

Position description

The Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience in the Division of Digestive Diseases at the University of California Los Angeles is seeking a full time Post-Doctoral Research Fellow for an R01-funded project studying the brain-gut microbiome mechanisms of action underlying obesity. The Center is a multidisciplinary team conducting clinical, translational and basic research with human populations. The postdoctoral fellow will work directly with Dr. Arpana “Annie” Gupta, PhD and other faculty collaborators.

This project uses multimodal MRI sequences combined with measures of the gut microbiome and dimensional neuropsychiatric behavioral measures (i.e. tasks, questionnaires, heart rate variability, digital phenotyping, cognitive and clinical measures) to study structural and functional circuit dynamics in obesity.

There will be opportunities to develop translational and clinical research skills (e.g. target discovery, individualized treatment development and biomarker/predictor development), in addition to analysis methods and pipelines to address basic and pathophysiological systems biology questions. There will be many opportunities to lead high impact publications starting on day one. We will be working with existing unique datasets in addition to creating new ones. Extensive mentorship will be provided to facilitate the transition to an independent research career.

The Post-Doctoral Fellow’s responsibilities will include, but are not limited to:

  1. Model complex datasets including imaging, gut microbiome, inflammation, behavioral and clinical data.
  2. Coordinate the acquisition of data working with a team of research assistants.
  3. Be able to contribute to manuscripts, grants and publish


  1. Ph.D. is required in Engineering, Epidemiology, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science or a related field.
  2. Strong proficiency and independence with large data analysis platforms (such as neuroimaging or microbiome platforms), multivariate modeling strategies and network connectivity analyses.
  3. Established quantitative and statistical skills, including strong programming skills and comfort with diverse computing environments. Comfortable using R.
  4. Background in bioinformatics systems/cognitive neuroscience, neuroanatomy or psychological/clinical constructs.
  5. A demonstrated capacity to write first author publications.
  6. Great writing skills, motivated and driven to publish.

Additional Qualifications:

  1. Connectomics network analysis and machine learning modeling confer a very significant advantage.

This is a 2 to 5-year term position with great opportunities for training in human systems biology, translational/clinical applications and diverse integrated methodologies.


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

A Ph.D. is required in Engineering, Epidemiology, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science or a related field.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 3 required (contact information only)

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Job location

Los Angeles, CA