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Postdoctoral Position in Neurophysiology of Brain Circuits (Lois Lab)

The Lois Lab is seeking highly motivated individuals to work on a research project funded by the NIH BRAIN initiative focused on the dynamics and resilience of brain circuits. Our laboratory is interested in the mechanisms that regulate the connectivity between neurons, and the mechanisms by which brain circuits give rise to behavior. We focus on the cellular mechanisms of resilience in the mouse hippocampus and in the song system of songbirds. The research combines techniques in electrophysiology, molecular biology, neuroanatomy, 2-photon imaging, and transgenesis in rodents and songbirds.

Representative publications:

Gonzalez, W, .G, Zhang, H., Harutunyan, A, and Lois, C. Persistence of neuronal representations through time and damage in the hippocampus (2019). Science, 365 (6455). pp. 821-825.

Sim, S, Antolin, S, Lin, CW, Lin, YX, Lois, C. Increased cell-intrinsic excitability induces synaptic changes in new neurons in the adult dentate gyrus that require npas4. (2013) J Neurosci. 33(18):7928-40.


A Ph.D. in neuroscience, neurophysiology, biophysics, or a related field is required. Candidates should have a record of research excellence demonstrated by publication. Expertise in electrophysiological recordings is necessary. Applicants who are motivated to develop careers as independent investigators are especially encouraged to apply.


Salary will be based on the NIH guidelines and commensurate with experience. The position is fully funded by NIH grants. It is anticipated that the postdoctoral fellow will stay in the lab for 4-5 years to complete the project.


In your application, include a detailed curriculum vitae, a short statement on future research goals, and names and contact details for at least two references to [email protected].

Hiring Range
$68,000 - $75,000

The salary of the finalist(s) selected for this role will be set based on a variety of factors, including but not limited to, experience, qualifications, skills, education, specialty, training, and internal equity.

As one of the largest employers in Pasadena, CA, Caltech is committed to providing comprehensive benefits to eligible employees and their eligible dependents. Our benefits package includes competitive compensation, health, dental, and vision insurance, retirement savings plans, generous paid time off, parental leave, tuition reimbursement, and more. Learn more about our benefits and who is eligible.

We are an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, or national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.