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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor Juliet Knowles

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Knowles, Juliet
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Neurology & Neurological Sci
Neuroscience Institute
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
At least 2 years
Appointment Start Date: 
July 1, 2022
How to Submit Application Materials: 

Please send application materials to Dr. Knowles at

We are seeking a basic/translational research scientist with expertise in the neurophysiology of epilepsy and quantitative signal processing to join the Knowles Lab in the Department of Neurology, Stanford University School of Medicine. Pediatric epilepsies are debilitating and incompletely understood; for most conditions, disease modifying treatments or cures are not available. We discovered that maladaptive myelin plasticity promotes absence seizure progression (Knowles et al, Nature Neuroscience, 2022). The post-doctoral scholar will work in a rich training environment on the Stanford campus, on basic and translational projects aimed at understanding how neuron-glial interactions contribute to the pathogenesis of pediatric epilepsies, at the level of local circuits and brain networks. The candidate will lead independent studies, work collaboratively with other lab members and participate in interdepartmental collaborations. Our lab is uniquely positioned to study pediatric epilepsy in in vitro models, animal models and humans.  We use a range of approaches including quantitative EEG, behavioral testing, optogenetics, quantitative histology, and cellular and molecular techniques. We strive to provide an inclusive and welcoming lab culture that fosters learning and team science - making the full resources of our lab, the Stanford Neurology department, the Wu Tsai Neurosciences Institute and Stanford University available to trainees.   

Required Qualifications: 
  •  a PhD, MD or MD/PhD with a focus in the Neurosciences.
  • a record of sustained first author-publications
  • We seek candidates with experience particularly in the following areas: working with rodent models of epilepsy; quantitative analysis of EEG using Matlab, Python or similar programming languages; neurophysiological approaches such as patch clamping and recording of extracellular potentials in in vitro or in vivo models; knowedge and use of viral vector and optogenetic approaches;  and/or cellular and molecular approaches to study structural and biochemical processes related to epilepsy. 
  • We seek candidates with the following qualities: excellent writing and presentation skills, willingness to help with manuscript and grant preparation as well as protocol submissions, desire to mentor and train students in the lab, desire to stay up to date on current literature relevant to pediatric epilepsy,  attention to detail and integrity, technically rigorous and organized, integrity, respect for others and professionalism.
Required Application Materials: 

1. A cover letter, 1 page or less in length, describing your specific research interests and background,  and what interests you/what skills you would bring to  a post-doctoral position in the Knowles lab. 
2. Curriculum vitae. 
3. Three strongly supportive letters of recommendation from relevant references, including contact information. 


Stanford is an equal opportunity employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, disability, veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.