Postdoctoral Scholar Opportunity (Exp. 06/01/24)


Applications are sought for a full-time, NIH-funded Postdoctoral position. The successful candidate will work on a project in the laboratory of Dr. Alicia Izquierdo in the UCLA Department of Psychology (

The project involves probing frontal cortex and amygdala in adaptive learning, incorporating in vivo electrophysiological recording or calcium imaging, and novel behavioral, chemogenetic, and computational methods in freely-behaving rats.

Position Title: Postdoctoral Scholar – Employee
Salary Range: See Table 23 for the salary scales for this position.

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

  • PhD in Neuroscience or Psychology
  • Ability to work in a collaborative interdisciplinary environment
  • Desire to conduct cutting-edge behavioral neuroscience research
  • Experience in in vivo electrophysiological recording or calcium imaging is required
  • Experience in computational modeling is highly desirable, but not required

Interested applicants should submit a cover letter, a curriculum vita, and the names and contact information of two potential recommenders to Alicia Izquierdo at the Department of Psychology by applying directly to the Postdoctoral Scholar posting:

For informal inquiries, you can email Alicia Izquierdo ( at the UCLA Department of Psychology, with the subject header ‘ephys Ca++ postdoc’. 

Start date is flexible. The position is fully funded for two years, and may be extended depending on satisfactory progress.

We especially encourage women and those from backgrounds underrepresented in STEM fields to apply to our lab.

As a University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

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: UC Nondiscrimination & Affirmative Action Policy.