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Postdoctoral Scholar -Spatial Neuroscience (Chrastil Lab)

Position overview

Salary range: The salary range for this position is $64,480-$77,327. 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: March 21, 2024

Next review date: Monday, Apr 22, 2024 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Friday, Mar 21, 2025 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

Dr. Liz Chrastil, PI of the Spatial Neuroscience Laboratory in the Department of Neurobiology & Behavior at the University of California, Irvine, is seeking one or more postdoctoral researchers for the coming year. The Spatial Neuroscience Lab is funded by NIH and NSF, and uses dynamic and interdisciplinary research methods to answer questions about how the human brain processes information to keep us oriented as we navigate through a complicated world. In addition to navigation, our research is deeply connected to the fields of learning, memory, and decision making, with aging, clinical, and translational applications. Our primary techniques are fully immersive virtual reality (VR) and human brain imaging using multimodal magnetic resonance imaging (structural MRI, fMRI, diffusion imaging, resting state) and electroencephalography (EEG).

We are seeking highly creative and motivated researchers for postdoc positions in the following areas:
1) Individual differences in navigational ability, with a focus on multimodal imaging techniques. We have large deep phenotyping datasets of multiple navigation tasks, as well as episodic memory and other cognitive function, which include corresponding anatomical (cortical thickness, hippocampal subfields, diffusion weighted imaging) and functional (resting state, grid-cell like neural correlates) imaging.
2) Navigation abilities across the adult lifespan, working with similar datasets across age groups, with an emphasis on sex differences and the role of sex hormones.
3) Behavioral and/or fMRI investigations of cognitive mapping compared to graph-like topologies, including spatial and abstract graphs of relational information and abstract distance coding.

Chrastil Lab:

Qualified candidates should submit curriculum vitae along with the names and addresses of three references to the following on-line recruitment URL:


Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

Accepting all applicants.

Application Requirements

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

  • Cover Letter (Optional)

  • Misc / Additional (Optional)

  • Sexual Misconduct, Harassment and Discrimination Declaration Form - All applicants of academic positions at the University of California, Irvine must download, complete, sign, and upload the following form with their application: Sexual Misconduct, Harassment and Discrimination Declaration Form

Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)
Apply link:

About UC Irvine

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 University employee, you will be required to comply with all applicable University policies and/or collective bargaining agreements, as may be amended from time to time. Federal, state, or local government directives may impose additional requirements.

Job location

Irvine, CA