[visionlist] Postdoc Position - UC Irvine

Liz Chrastil chrastil at uci.edu
Tue Oct 4 11:44:22 -04 2022

Dr. Liz Chrastil, PI of the Spatial Neuroscience Laboratory in the
Department of Neurobiology & Behavior at the University of California,
Irvine, is seeking one or more postdoctoral researchers for the coming
year. The Spatial Neuroscience Lab uses dynamic and interdisciplinary
research methods to answer questions about how the brain processes
information to keep us oriented as we navigate through a complicated world.
In addition to navigation, our research is deeply connected to the fields
of learning, memory, and decision making, with aging, clinical, and
translational applications. Our primary techniques are fully immersive
virtual reality (VR) and human brain imaging using multimodal magnetic
resonance imaging (structural MRI, fMRI, diffusion imaging, resting state)
and electroencephalography (EEG).

Postdoc positions are available in the following specific areas: 1)
individual differences in navigational ability, with a focus on learning
and neural correlates and 2) behavioral and/or fMRI investigations of
cognitive mapping compared to graph-like topologies.

Requirements for the position include: a Ph.D. in neuroscience, cognitive
science, psychology, or related field. Demonstrable skill in one or more
programming languages (e.g. Matlab, R, or Python) and exceptionally strong
statistical skills are highly desired. A strong background in MRI data
analysis including multivariate methods (multivariate pattern
analysis/representational similarity analysis) is highly preferred.
Experience with programming virtual environments in Unity is very
desirable. The successful applicant would have a strong first-author
publication record and a demonstrable interest in navigation, learning,
memory, or decision making. Excellent communication skills, both verbal and
written, are a must. A desire to mentor and teach graduate and
undergraduate students in the lab is also a plus. Beyond qualifications and
skills, the successful applicant should be collaborative, resourceful, and
productive, and must be able to manage multiple research projects with ease
and have an eye for common approaches and themes.

Numerous opportunities for exploration and the development of creative data
science approaches are available. A very strong statistical background is
highly desired. Lab and institutional resources include a new
research-dedicated 3T Siemens Prisma scanner, a large ambulatory virtual
reality space with wireless tracking, the Center for the Neurobiology of
Learning and Memory, an active Alzheimer’s Disease Research Center, and a
newly established sleep center. There are abundant opportunities for
collaborative work with other researchers across the university. In
addition to working on new projects, there are also opportunities to work
with existing data across multiple research programs.

In addition to lab funding, candidates may also qualify for support through
T32 institutional training grant mechanisms, postdoc NRSA, and
collaborative projects. Applications will be reviewed until the position is
filled. Salary is based on NIH pay scales and experience. Start date is
flexible. Initial appointment is for one year at 100% time, with a
comprehensive benefits package. Continuation beyond one year will be based
on performance and availability of funding.

Qualified candidates should submit: 1) cover letter describing your
qualifications, 2) Curriculum Vitae detailing your research experience, and
3) names and contact information for three references who can provide
letters upon request. Submit applications electronically at

For more information about this position, contact Dr. Liz Chrastil at
chrastil at uci.edu. For information on the Spatial Neuroscience Laboratory,
go to https://faculty.sites.uci.edu/spatialneuro/

The department is especially interested in candidates who can contribute to
the diversity and excellence of the academic community through research,
teaching, and service.

Assistant Professor
University of California, Irvine
Department of Neurobiology & Behavior
Center for the Neurobiology of Learning & Memory
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