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Associate Specialist Step I-IV- Neurophysiology- Molecular &

Post by UCberkeley » Mon Sep 14, 2015 9:27 pm

Associate Specialist Step I-IV- Neurophysiology- Molecular & Cell Biology

Associate Specialist:
The Department of Molecular and Cell Biology at UC Berkeley is seeking a highly motivated individual to carry out research in neurophysiology and optogenetics in the barrel cortex of awake, behaving mice.

This position is for a skilled specialist with extensive expertise performing large scale neurophysiological recordings from awake, behaving mice. The candidate must be trained to perform surgeries on mice for preparation for experiments, involving implantation for head-fixation, craniotomies, and electrode insertion. The candidate must be facile with Matlab-based instrument control and data analytics, specifically with spike sorting and population neural analysis. The candidate must also have experience with optogenetics in behaving animals, including the delivery of viral vectors and post-hoc brain histology to identify electrode tracks and viral expression. The candidate is responsible for independently designing, executing and analyzing all aspects of the in vivo experiments.

Minimum/Basic Qualifications Required (By the time of application):
Bachelor’s degree, or equivalent degree, in Molecular and Cell Biology, Biology, or related field. Applicant must have 4-5 years of experience in a laboratory setting.

Additional Required Qualifications (By start date):
Minimum of two years of experience in a laboratory setting using optogenetics to address neural circuits and sensory coding in the somatosensory cortex of transgenic mice, in the awake state, combined with high channel count electrophysiology.

Preferred Qualifications (By start date):
Ph.D., or equivalent degree, in Molecular and Cell Biology, Biology, or a related field. A minimum of two years postdoctoral experience in a laboratory setting.
Matlab proficiency, brain histology, viral injections, mouse whisker tracking experience, preparations of animals for in vivo awake behaving neurophysiology.

This position reports to Dr. Hillel Adesnik. The initial appointment will be for 100% time for 1 year with the expectation of extension based on performance and the availability of funding.

Salary: $52,344-$63,012 depending on qualifications. This position provides full benefits.

UC Berkeley has an excellent benefits package as well as a number of policies and programs to support employees as they balance work and family

To Apply:

Department Contact: Shannon Kotter- [email protected]

Interested individuals should submit application documents as PDFs, which includes, a cover letter, updated curriculum vitae, and names with contact information for at least 3-5 individuals who have agreed to provide a reference for this specific position. Letters of reference may be requested of the finalists.

All letters will be treated as confidential per University of California policy and California state law. Please refer potential referees, including when letters are provided via a third party (i.e., dossier service or career center), to the UC Berkeley statement of confidentiality ( prior to submitting their letters. This recruitment will remain open until filled.

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: The department is interested in candidates who will contribute to diversity and equal opportunity in higher education through their work.

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