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Postdoctoral Scholar - McNaughton Lab

Position overview

Salary range: The salary range for this position is $55,632-$66,600. The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by experience level. See Postdoctoral Scholar Scale for the salary range. “Off-scale salaries”, i.e. a salary that is higher than the published system-wide salary at the designated experience, are offered when necessary to meet competitive conditions.

Application Window

Open date: February 27, 2023

Next review date: Wednesday, Mar 29, 2023 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Monday, Feb 26, 2024 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 McNaughton laboratory at UCI Center for the Neurobiology of Learning and Memory is accepting applications for a postdoctoral position to study the neural basis of cortical learning and knowledge representation at the level of neural ensembles. The project will involve high-density electrophysiological recording in mouse cortex and hippocampus in an immersive virtual reality paradigm, and optogenetic or chemogenetic manipulation of hippocampal output.

( representative recent publications: DOI: 10.1073/pnas.2115229119; doi: 10.1038/s41583-022-00620-6; doi: 10.1523/JNEUROSCI.1788-20.2020;; DOI:;

The successful candidate will have demonstrated capability in neural ensemble recording in behaving animals and related data analysis, and a record of research productivity including first author publications. The appointment will be initially for two years with possibility of reappointment depending on fund availability and productivity. I encourage applications from all qualified individuals, including historically underrepresented groups in the neurosciences. The position will remain open for one year or until filled.

Qualified candidates should submit: 1) Curriculum Vitae detailing your research experience, and 2) names and contact information for three references who can provide letters upon request. Submit applications electronically at

For more information about this position, contact Dr. Bruce McNaughton at For information on the McNaughton Laboratory, go to


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Accepting all applicants

Application Requirements

Document requirements
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
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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