The Department of Psychiatry and Biobehavioral Sciences at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA currently has an opening for an Assistant Project Scientist to join the Laboratory Dr. Michele A. Basso in the Fuster Laboratory of Cognitive Neuroscience. We are looking for an enthusiastic, resourceful and dedicated patch clamp electrophysiologist to participate in an NIH-funded project designed to understand the cellular and circuit-level basis of higher mental function. The scientist/electrophysiologist will perform whole-cell patch clamp experiments combined with optogenetics using mouse brain slices. The experiments are aimed at understanding the biophysical properties of neuronal circuits in the substantia nigra and the superior colliculus underlying their role in eye movement choice and initiation. The scientist/electrophysiologist will take a leadership role in the projects and will be responsible for all aspects of the projects including data collection and analysis and the preparation and completion of scientific publications and other communications as well as oversight of the mouse colony, animal protocols and compliance. The position requires a PhD in neuroscience or a related field. Experience in electrophysiology and stereotaxic surgical techniques are essential. A background in manuscript writing and data analysis is required, and experience working with a team of researchers from different backgrounds is preferred.
The salary for this position is commensurate with experience as determined by NIH guidelines. Interested candidates should forward a cover letter outlining academic interests, CV, bibliography and at least two letters of reference to the application portal at http://recruit.apo.ucla.edu/apply/JPF02966.
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1) Ph.D. or equivalent terminal degree in the area of neuroscience or a related field.
2) Experience in electrophysiology and stereotaxic surgical techniques