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UCLA Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology Health Neuroscientist

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The UCLA Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Cousins Center for Psychoneuroimmunology, led by Dr. Michael Irwin, is looking to recruit an Assistant Project Scientist interested in the area of Health Neuroscience to conduct research studies and manage imaging neuroscience operations for the Cousins Center. This position would be for a 2-3 year appointment starting in the Fall of 2018 (start date is flexible).

The ideal candidate for this position would be someone with extensive postdoctoral experience conducting neuroimaging studies and analyzing neuroimaging data (programming experience, such as with matlab, is a plus) and experience working collaboratively with behavioral and health scientists (experience in health psychology and cancer research in particular is a plus). This position will involve conducting new studies relating neural processes to immune parameters (e.g., inflammatory markers, inflammatory gene expression) in both healthy and patient populations (e.g., breast cancer survivors). This scientist will work primarily with Dr. Irwin and Dr. Steven Cole (Director of the Cousins Center Social Genomics Core Laboratory), but would also have an opportunity to collaborate with other Center-affiliated Principal Investigators including Dr. Julienne Bower and Dr. Naomi Eisenberger. In addition to managing imaging neuroscience operations for the Cousins Center, the research scientist would also have opportunities to conduct their own research project.

To apply, please submit materials online at Review of applications will begin immediately and will continue until the position is filled. For further information, please contact Marina Samaltanos,

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age or protected veteran status. For the complete University of California nondiscrimination and affirmative action policy, see: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.

Job location

Los Angeles, CA


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

  • Cover Letter - summarizing past experience, current research interests, and how your research training will contribute to the mission of the Cousins Center (

  • Statement of Research - statement of accomplishments and goals

  • 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)