Applications are sought for full-time, NIH-funded Postdoctoral Scholar position at UCLA. The successful candidate will work as part of an interdisciplinary research team in the laboratory Dr. Kate Wassum in the UCLA Department of Psychology.

The broad objective of the lab is to expose the psychological processes and neural mechanisms that underlie reward-related learning, motivation and decision making. Projects in the lab incorporate multi-discliplinary approaches including in vivo electrochemistry, recordings, pharmacology, molecular biology, optogenetic and chemogenetic interference, and behavior.

A successful candidate(s) will have the following qualifications:

  • PhD in Neuroscience, Psychology, Chemistry, Biomedical Engineering or a related field
  • Track record of productivity
  • Ability to work in a collaborative environment
  • Desire to conduct cutting-edge research
  • Experience in associative learning behavioral paradigms, optogenetics, chemogenetics, electrophyioslogy, electrochemistry, computational modeling, computer programming, molecular biology or imaging is desirable, but not required.

To apply please send a cover letter, curriculum vitae and the names and contact information of two potential recommenders to Kate Wassum ( Informal inquiries are encouraged. The position will remain open until a suitable candidate is found. Start date is flexible.

For more information on the Wassum lab:

We especially encourage women and those from backgrounds poorly represented in STEM fields to apply to our lab- all are welcome. The University of California is an Equal Opportunity 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: UC Nondiscrimination and Affirmative Action Policy.