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Open Postdoctoral position, faculty mentor William Giardino

Important Info

Faculty Sponsor (Last, First Name): 
Giardino, William
Other Mentor(s) if Applicable: 
William Giardino
Stanford Departments and Centers: 
Neuroscience Institute
Psyc: Sleep Disorders
Psyc: Substance Abuse
Postdoc Appointment Term: 
1-year initial appointment, renewable for up to 4 years
Appointment Start Date: 
Flexible, ideally 1 March 2022
How to Submit Application Materials: 

Email the requested application materials to:  willgiar at stanford dot edu

Giardino Lab: Circuits & Systems Neuroscience
Our research group aims to decipher the neural mechanisms underlying the interactions between psychiatric conditions of addiction, stress, and sleep disturbances. The Giardino Lab uses in vivo physiological tools for neural recording and neuromodulation in genetic mouse models to dissect the neuropeptide basis of extended amygdala circuit function in motivated behaviors with molecular and synaptic resolution. The lab, located in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Sciences' Center for Sleep Sciences and Medicine, is currently accepting applicants for postdoctoral researchers.
Research Topics
Stress & Reward
Drug Addiction
Sex Differences
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.