Postdoctoral positions – Hunt lab

A Postdoctoral Scholar position is available in the Hunt laboratory at University of California Irvine to study neural circuit mechanisms of memory in the entorhinal cortex and hippocampus. These projects use high-density in vivo electrophysiological recordings and/or imaging in behaving mice, optogenetics and memory tasks. We are currently supported by grants from NIH, NSF and private sources to support these projects.

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Recent papers from the lab:
-Zhu B, Eom J, Hunt RF. Transplanted interneurons improve memory precision after traumatic brain injury. Nature Communications. 2019 Nov 14;10(1):5156.

-Kim YJ, Khoshkhoo S, Frankowski JC, Zhu B, Abbasi S, Lee S, Wu YE, Hunt RF. Chd2 is necessary for neural circuit development and long-term memory. Neuron. 2018 Dec 5;100(5):1180-1193.e6.

UC Irvine is a world-class research university with highly ranked graduate programs in neuroscience and biological sciences. Our Southern California location is home to one of the largest academic research and biotechnology hubs in the US. Lab members enjoy direct access to this outstanding community of neuroscientists and clinicians as well as the wide range of recreational activities available in our region.

To apply: Please visit the UCI RECRUIT website located at

Applicants should complete the online application profile and upload the following materials:

Curriculum Vitae
Contact information for 3 references
Research Statement – Describe prior experience, future goals, and address how you think you can contribute to the overall research direction of the Hunt laboratory.

Postdoctoral positions – Igarashi lab

A postdoctoral scholar position is available in the Igarashi laboratory at University of California Irvine. We investigate (1) circuit mechanisms for associative memory in the circuit of entorhinal cortex and hippocampus, and (2) how these mechanisms in the memory circuit are affected and can be manipulated to restore memory in Alzheimer’s disease models. Our work uses in vivo tetrode/silicon probe recordings from behaving mice, optogenetics, memory behavioral tasks, and single-cell anatomy. The successful candidate will work on either or both of above two projects.

Requirements: The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. with research experience relevant to our lab interests and a desire to work independently within a collaborative team environment. Preference will be given to candidates with established expertise in either in vivo or in vitro electrophysiology. We are especially seeking an outstanding candidate interested in combining genetic approaches with in vivo electrophysiological recording from behaving mice. Competitive applicants should have at least one high-quality, first-author publication.
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Applicants should send following materials to

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Contact information for 3 references
  3. Research Statement – describe prior experience, future goals, and address how you think you can contribute to the overall research direction of the Igarashi laboratory



Postdoctoral positions – Gall/Lynch lab

Postdoctoral Scholar positions are available in the Department of Anatomy & Neurobiology, University of California at Irvine, in the laboratories of Christine Gall or Gary Lynch. Successful applicants have the opportunity to work on one or more projects directed at the following topics: differentiation of synaptic signal transduction and plasticity across the nodes of the cortico-hippocampal network; neuromodulators (e.g. estrogen, endocannabinoids) and synaptic plasticity; impaired spine actin regulation in models of cognitive disorders such as fragile X syndrome. Methods to be used include field and clamp electrophysiological recording, optogenetic stimulation, DREADDS, fluorescence deconvolution tomography, behavioral tasks, and genomic manipulations. Individuals with experience in slice electrophysiology and data analysis are especially encouraged to apply. Start date is negotiable. Salaries are commensurate with experience based on the NIH scale.

Requirements: Candidates should have a Ph.D. in neuroscience, or a related field. Experience in at least one of the techniques described above is essential, and experience with microscopy or programming (Matlab, Python) is desired, and should be discussed in the research statement. We seek highly motivated individuals with solid problem solving abilities and communications skills.

Interested candidates should complete an online application profile and upload the following materials:

1. Curriculum Vitae – your most recently updated C.V.

2. Cover Letter

3. Statement of Research

4. 3 Letters of Reference The University of California at Irvine has a diverse and interactive neuroscience community.

There is rich training environment with journal clubs, interdepartmental seminars, career seminars and workshops.