Job ID: 131719

Post-Doctoral Associate

University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus

  • Oct. 17, 2019
  • Open until filled
  • Available Immediately
  • Post-Doc
  • Engineering - Other
    Bioengineering (all Bio-related fields)

The Bio-Integrating Optoelectric Neural Interface Cybernetics Lab within the Department of Bioengineering at the University of Pittsburgh is seeking a post-doctoral associate. The position is funded through an active grant from the NIH to conduct leading-edge research at the frontier of neuroscience and neurobiology using novel engineered technologies to disentangle long-standing basic neurobiology questions at the interface of neurophysiology and engineering. The goals of the lab broadly fall into three categories: (1) Manipulating neuronal and non-neuronal cells to influence the function of neuronal networks, (2) Understanding the role of neuroimmune cells in neural circuit function, neurodegeneration, and CNS regeneration, and (3) Improving long-term performance of implanted electrodes and integrating man-made (engineered) technology with the human brain for the purpose of studying normal and injured/diseased nervous systems in vivo at the cellular level, as well as restoring function to patients.

Applicants should hold a PhD in a related field including but not limited to Biomedical Engineering, Neurobiology, Neuroscience, Molecular/Cellular Biology, Biochemistry, Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Mechanical Engineering, Chemical Engineering, Physics, Optics, Material Science, and Mathematics. Animal surgery experience is preferred. The candidate should have a strong research background in in vivo electrophysiology or in vivo two-photon microscopy. Expertise with in vivo two photon imaging, viral transduction in rodent brain, image processing (e.g. GCaMP) and head-fixed visual cortex experiments (V1) are desired. Experiences with electrical stimulation, optogenetics, transgenic animal models, histology, functional/evoked electrophysiology/imaging, advanced optical imaging, stroke, TBI, and neurodegenerative diseases is seen as advantages. He/she will be working with an interdisciplinary team of neural engineers, neuroscientists, neurosurgeon, biologists, and material scientists. The appointment is intended to be 2 years and may be renewable depending on availability of funds. It is expected that most candidates will lack experience in all the above areas; training will be provided to fill necessary proficiencies.

To apply, please send a cover letter and curriculum vitae (CV) as a single pdf document to Takashi Kozai (
Visit BIONICLAB.ORG for more information.

The University of Pittsburgh is an Affirmative Action/Equal Opportunity Employer and values equality of opportunity, human dignity and diversity. EEO/AA/M/F/Vets/Disabled.

  • The Department of Bioengineering is strongly committed to a diverse academic environment and places high priority on attracting female and underrepresented minority candidates. We strongly encourage candidates from these groups to apply for the position.

    The University of Pittsburgh is an affirmative action/equal opportunity employer and does not discriminate on the basis of age, color, disability, gender, gender identity, marital status, national or ethnic origin, race, religion, sexual orientation, or veteran status.

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Contact Information

  • Takashi Kozai
    University of Pittsburgh-Pittsburgh Campus
    Pittsburgh, PA 15219

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