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Specialist - Akbari Laboratory

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Open August 24, 2022 through Friday, Jun 30, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)

Position description

Specialist Series

The Department of Neurology at the University of California, Irvine anticipates openings for Junior, Assistant, Associate, and full Specialists to join the research laboratory of Dr. Yama Akbari, which investigates the mechanisms and neurobiological basis of coma, stroke, and brain-heart-lung interactions. Dr. Akbari is a physician scientist who focuses on neuro-intensive care using basic science, translational, and clinical approaches. The laboratory is built like an animal intensive care unit and uses a multidisciplinary approach to investigate coma in animals, including principles of cardiac arrest and cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) along with multimodal monitoring of the brain, heart, and lungs (electrophysiology, neurophysiology, optical, etc.). Optimization of outcome is investigated in-vivo using a variety of electrophysiologic, pharmacologic, behavioral, and molecular/cellular approaches. The goals of this lab include developing translational research to help humans suffering from coma and acute brain injury. The lab was built in 2013 and has had extramural funding from a variety of sources (NIH, Foundations, Industry, and philanthropy).

Ability to handle and work with rodents, knowledge of neuroscience and animal physiology, and (preferred) microsurgical techniques. Knowledge of the basics of the cardiovascular and pulmonary systems would be advantageous but not necessary. Good organizational skills and communication skills including managing/supervising a team of lab personnel, planning experiments, and designing/writing experimental protocols, though the training can be provided for writing experimental protocols. Overall training will be provided on many of the tasks listed to highly motivated individuals with research experience or a at least a background and interest in medicinal science. Though not required, additional interests in molecular biology, bioengineering, coding/programming, and/or an understanding of MATLAB, are favorable but necessary. Candidates must possess either a BS, MS, PhD, or an MD. Opportunity to publish as an author or co-author on manuscripts will be provided.

The laboratory is located in the Gillespie Neurosciences Research Facility, the premier neuroscience building at UC Irvine, allowing for an exciting and collaborative environment. Salary and rank are commensurate with experience.

Substantive inquiries about the positions should be directed to:
Yama Akbari M.D., Ph.D.
Associate Professor
Departments of Neurology, Anatomy & Neurobiology, and Neurological Surgery
Gillespie Neuroscience Research Facility
UC Irvine School of Medicine
Irvine, CA 92697-4299
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Applicants should complete an online application profile and upload the following application materials electronically to be considered for the position:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Names and Contact Information of Three References (please do not solicit letters)


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Candidates must possess either a BS, MS, PhD, or an MD. Opportunity to publish as an author or co-author on manuscripts will be provided.

Application Requirements

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Campus Information

The University of California, Irvine is an Equal Opportunity/Affirmative Action Employer advancing inclusive excellence. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, age, protected veteran status, or other protected categories covered by the UC nondiscrimination policy.

As a condition of employment, you will be required to comply with the University of California Policy on Vaccination Programs – With Updated Interim Amendments. All Covered Individuals under the policy must provide proof of receiving the COVID-19 Vaccine Primary Series or, if applicable, submit a request for Exception (based on Medical Exemption, Disability, Religious Objection, and/or Deferral based on pregnancy or recent COVID-19 diagnosis and/or treatment) no later than the applicable deadline. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of receiving the most recent CDC-recommended COVID-19 booster or properly decline such booster no later than the applicable deadline. New University of California employees should refer to Exhibit 2, Section II.C. of the SARS-CoV-2 (COVID-19) Vaccination Program Attachment for applicable deadlines. All Covered Individuals must also provide proof of being up-to-date on seasonal influenza vaccination or properly decline such vaccination no later than the applicable deadline. Please refer to the Seasonal Influenza Vaccination Program Attachment. (Capitalized terms in this paragraph are defined in the policy.) Federal, state, or local public health directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Irvine, CA