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Postdoc - Neurology Postdoc Employee (Morrison Lab)

Recruitment Period

Open date: July 15th, 2020

Last review date: Thursday, Jul 30, 2020 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: Monday, Nov 30, 2020 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.


Dr. John H. Morrison, Professor of Neurology and Director of the California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC), is seeking to hire 1-3 postdoctoral employees, 100% time for the duration of two years with the possibility of extension. The postdoctoral employee(s) will be expected to participate in our research program investigating the synaptic and cellular basis of cognitive decline in rhesus monkeys . In this research program, we have identified several reflections of synaptic health that deteriorate with aging , leading to cognitive decline . A key question being pursued is whether or not such synaptic alterations can transition to the neurodegenerative events seen in Alzheimer’s Disease(AD) under certain circumstances . In order to pursue this question in the Rhesus monkey model, we have developed two monkey models of early AD, one based on the synaptic toxicity of AB oligomers, and one based on the capacity for phospho-tau aggregates to initiate neurode generation. Both models show great promise and are currently being pursued in the laboratory. We are also pursuing other mode ls of cognitive decline that have a high degree of translational impact on human health, (e .g . HIV-associated neurocognitive decline ). While molecular approaches are being pursued, most of the lab’s work involves high resolution quantitative microscopy to reveal both synaptic and cellular alterations that are predictive of cognitive decline . Behavioral and in vivo imaging approaches are also employed. The CNPRC, Department of Neurology, and Center for Neuroscience converge to provide an outstanding training opportunity in Dr. Morris on’s laboratory for neuroscientists at multiple stages of development.

Applicant must have a Ph.D. in cellular or systems neuroscience , cell biology, biochemistry, molecular biology or related scientific field. It is preferable that the successful applicant has experience with either 1) quantitative microscopy or 2) biochemical analyses of brain tissue . The applicant must have excellent communication skills and have the motivation to pursue and drive projects independently. Candidates should be willing to apply for independent funding .

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Job location

Davis, CA

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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Statement of Research (Optional)

  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)

  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion - Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements
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