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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor William Giardino

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Giardino, William
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Psychiatry & Behavioral Sci
Neuroscience Institute
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
1+ years
Appointment Start Date: 
1 March 2021
How to Submit Application Materials: 

Giardino Lab: Circuits & Systems Neuroscience The lab (launching Spring 2021 in Stanford's Department of Psychiatry & Behavioral Sciences) is currently accepting applicants for postdoctoral researchers. We aim to decipher the neural mechanisms underlying psychiatric conditions of stress, sleep disturbances, and substance use. We use advanced technologies for precisely mapping, monitoring, and manipulating neurocircuits that drive hedonic and homeostatic states.
Research Topics:

  • Stress & Reward
  • Drug Addiction
  • Sex Differences
  • Wakefulness/Arousal
  • Neuropeptide Release & Signaling
  • Feeding & Metabolism

Research Approaches:

  • Neuromodulation (optogenetics, chemogenetics)
  • Neurophysiological recordings (fiber photometry, calcium imaging, EEG/EMG)
  • Neurogenetics (CRISPR/Cas9 editing, Cre/loxP recombination, viral gene transfer, mouse genetics)
  • Neuroanatomy (circuit tracing, immunohistochemistry, in situ hybridization, confocal & light sheet microscopy)
  • Neuropharmacology (alcohol & drug self-administration, receptor mechanisms)
  • Computation (neural circuit modeling, machine learning analysis of behavioral & physiological datasets)
  • Behavior and Evolution (rodent model organisms, cross-species comparisons)
  • Translation (interdisciplinary and clinical collaborations, treatment development)
Required Qualifications: 
  • Ph.D. in neuroscience/ psychology/ biology/ related field (or other doctoral degree with relevant research experience)
  • Excellent publication record (including first-author papers)
  • Enthusiasm for making new discoveries on the neural basis of behavior (stress, addiction, sleep/wake arousal states)
  • Computational expertise / programming skills (strongly encouraged but not required)
  • Commitment to advancing diversity, equity, and inclusion at Stanford (non-negotiable)
Required Application Materials: 
  • Curriculum Vitae
  • Cover letter describing your interest in the position (1-2 brief paragraphs)
  • Contact info for 2+ references (name & email address)


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.