Postdoctoral Position in Neurobiology

University of California Los Angeles

United States

Postdoctoral Position in Neurobiology

Job #JPF08914
  • Medicine-Gastroenterology / David Geffen School Of Medicin / UCLA

Position overview

Salary range: See Table 23 []. A reasonable estimate for this position is $64,480- $77,327.

Application Window

Open date: October 18, 2023

Next review date: Wednesday, Nov 22, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Jun 28, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

The Center for Neurobiology of Stress and Resilience in the Division of Digestive Diseases at the University of California Los Angeles is seeking a full time postdoctoral scholar for an R01-funded project studying the brain-gut microbiome mechanisms of action underlying obesity. The Center is a multidisciplinary team conducting clinical, translational and basic research with human populations. The postdoctoral scholar will work directly with Dr. Arpana “Annie” Gupta, and other faculty collaborators.

This project uses multimodal MRI sequences combined with measures of the gut microbiome and dimensional neuropsychiatric behavioral measures (i.e. tasks, questionnaires, heart rate variability, digital phenotyping, cognitive and clinical measures) to study structural and functional circuit dynamics in obesity.

There will be opportunities to develop translational and clinical research skills (e.g. target discovery, individualized treatment development and biomarker/predictor development), in addition to analysis methods and pipelines to address basic and pathophysiological systems biology questions. There will be many opportunities to lead high impact publications starting on day one. We will be working with existing unique datasets in addition to creating new ones. Extensive mentorship will be provided to facilitate the transition to an independent research career.

Duties and Responsibilities:

  1. Model complex datasets including imaging, gut microbiome, inflammation, behavioral and clinical data.
  2. Coordinate the acquisition of data working with a team of research assistants.
  3. Be able to contribute to grants and publish manuscripts.


  1. Ph.D. in Engineering, Epidemiology, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science or a related field.
  2. Strong proficiency and independence with large data analysis platforms (such as neuroimaging or microbiome platforms), multivariate modeling strategies and network connectivity analyses.
  3. Established quantitative and statistical skills, including strong programming skills and comfort with diverse computing environments. Comfortable using R.
  4. Background in bioinformatics systems/cognitive neuroscience, neuroanatomy or psychological/clinical constructs.
  5. A demonstrated capacity to write first author publications.
  6. Great writing skills, motivated and driven to publish.

Additional Qualifications:

  1. Connectomics network analysis and machine learning modeling confer a very significant advantage.

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

A Ph.D. in Engineering, Epidemiology, Mathematics, Statistics, Computer Science or a related field.

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.

  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our EDI Statement FAQ document.

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Job location

Los Angeles, CA

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