Postdoc positions: Hunt Laboratory at UC Irvine. Electophysiology, pluripotent stem cells, molecular tools for neurodevelopmental disorders

  • September 20, 2023 at 10:34 pm #1840
    AKN Admin

      Multiple postdoctoral fellow positions are available in the Hunt laboratory at University of California, Irvine. We are specifically looking for candidates with experience and an interest in the following areas:

      • Patch-clamp electrophysiology of synaptic and network activity in acute brain slices
      • High density in vivo electrophysiology and/or calcium imaging of circuit dynamics in freely behaving animals
      • Neuronal differentiation of human pluripotent stem cells
      • Molecular tool development and analysis of neurodevelopmental disorders

      Our lab studies mechanisms of brain development, epilepsy and traumantic brain injury. We integrate a constellation of molecular, cellular, developmental, electrophysiological and systems-level methods in our research, with the goal of developing new therapies. The lab is currently supported by multiple grants from NIH, DoD and private sources to support these projects.

      Learn more about our research program at

      Our studies use mouse models, human pluripotent stem cells, and/or a variety of non-traditional animal models. The lab is highly collaborative, and there are many additional opportunities available on campus or within our laboratory for broad neuroscience training.

      Recent papers from the lab:
      • Kim YJ, Khoshkhoo S, Frankowski JC, Zhu B, Abbasi S, Lee S, Wu YE, Hunt RF. Chd2 is necessary for neural circuit development and long-term memory. Neuron. 2018 Dec 5;100(5):1180-1193.e6.
      • Zhu B, Eom J, Hunt RF. Transplanted interneurons improve memory precision after traumatic brain injury. Nature Communications. 2019 Nov 14;10(1):5156.
      • Frankowski JC, Tierno A, Pavani S, Cao Q, Lyon DC, Hunt RF. Brain-wide reconstruction of inhibitory circuits after traumatic brain injury. Nature Communications. 2022 Jun 14;13(1):3417.

      Our lab is located on the Health Sciences campus at UC Irvine and equipped with state-of-the-art research facilities. UC Irvine is a world-class research university with highly ranked graduate programs in neuroscience and biological sciences. Our Southern California location is home to one of the largest academic research and biotechnology hubs in the US. Lab members enjoy direct access to this outstanding community of neuroscientists and clinicians as well as the wide range of recreational activities available in our region. Successful candidates will join an interdisciplinary and highly collaborative team working to develop the next generation of tools and technologies to treat disorders of brain development and injury.

      Salary Information: Salary will be based on University of California guidelines for the Postdoctoral scholars and is commensurate with experience. The position is fully funded by our grants.

      To learn more about the position, feel free to email me directly at

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      Campus Information

      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.

      As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

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