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Postdoctoral Scholar in Pharmacology and Neuroscience

Position overview

Position title: Postdoc- Pharmacology and Neuroscience
Anticipated start: October 1, 2021

Application Window

Open date: July 30th, 2021

Last review date: Monday, Aug 30, 2021 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications received after this date will be reviewed by the search committee if the position has not yet been filled.

Final date: Thursday, Mar 31, 2022 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 Zagha Lab ( at the University of California Riverside is inviting applications for 1 or 2 full-time post-doc positions to join a newly developed, highly collaborative translational research project. The goal of the project is to develop a drug delivery platform for focal drug targeting. The home lab is in the Behavioral Neuroscience area of the Psychology Department, and you will also be collaborating with labs in Bioengineering and Biomedical Sciences.

This research project is interdisciplinary, involving materials engineering, pharmacology, small animal surgery, histology, and electrophysiology. (Details of the project will be discussed during the interview.) A successful applicant is not expected to have expertise in all areas, but evidence of previous interdisciplinary research across some of these fields is preferred. The postdoctoral fellow will be leading the collaboration between the labs of Dr. Edward Zagha (Psychology), Dr. Huinan Liu (Bioengineering), and Dr. Byron Ford (Biomedical Sciences). The postdoctoral fellow will take a lead role in assay development, data collection, data analyses, manuscript, and grant writing.

A PhD in Neuroscience, Bioengineering, Biomedical Sciences, or a related discipline is required at the time of the appointment. Candidates who are ABD at the time of application will be considered. Excellent organizational and communication skills are also required, as needed to lead an interdisciplinary team. Applicants must have demonstrated proficiency in experimental ‘wet lab’ research skills. Relevant research skills, and preferred qualifications, include animal surgery, pharmacology, histology, materials engineering, and electrophysiology. Training will be provided for skills not already acquired.

Applications must include 1) cover letter, 2) CV, 3) statement of past and/or planned future contributions to advancing diversity and inclusive excellence, and 4) two letters of recommendation. All application materials must be submitted by using the following link: Review of the applications will begin on August 30, 2021, and will continue until the position is filled. Applications received by August 30, 2021 will receive full consideration.

UCR is a world-class research University with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification.

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, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.

Post-doc salary will be $54,540-$65,292, according to the NIH salary scale and dependent on experience. The appoint starts in Oct 2021 and will be for one year with the opportunity for two 2-year reappointments contingent on performance and available funding.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter

  • Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence - In a “Statement of Past and/or Planned Future Contributions to Advancing Diversity and Inclusive Excellence”, we ask applicants to describe their past and/or potential future contributions to promoting a diverse, equitable, and inclusive environment, which is a key requirement of the role of every faculty member and administrator at UCR. There are numerous ways to contribute, and a commitment to this part of our mission can be reflected through research, teaching, supervision, mentoring, community engagement, service, and any of the other varied activities that are a part of an academic career.

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

Reference requirements
  • 2-4 letters of reference required

Letters of recommendation must be confidential. Please use the APRecruit system to have your recommenders upload them directly.

Applicants who use Interfolio should use the feature that allows letters to be uploaded directly into AP Recruit. Applicants can input an Interfolio-generated email address in place of their letter writer's email address. Interfolio refers to this as “Online Application Deliveries.”

Job location

UCR, Riverside, CA