Postdoctoral positions are available in the laboratory of Alex Kwan at Yale University

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Location: New Haven, CT, United States

The Position

Postdoctoral Fellow – Imaging Dendrites and Cortical Circuits

Postdoctoral positions are available in the laboratory of Alex Kwan at Yale University. Recent research in the lab has focused on the action of psychoactive drugs such as ketamine and psychedelics. We study the effects of these drugs on the structure and function of dendrites and cortical microcircuits. The primary tool is in vivo two-photon-excited fluorescence microscopy, which is complemented by in vivo and slice electrophysiology, optogenetics, molecular perturbations, and behavioural assays. For more details, visit the lab website (

The Candidate

We have a diverse team with backgrounds in neuroscience, biomedical engineering, optics, and other related fields. The qualified applicant will hold a PhD and should have at least one first-author publication. Experience with scientific programming using MATLAB or Python is highly desired.

Recent Publications from the Lab

- Shao LX et al. Psilocybin induces rapid and persistent growth of dendritic spines in frontal cortex in vivo. Neuron (2021).

- Savalia NK et al. A dendritic framework for understanding the actions of ketamine and psychedelics. Trends in Neurosciences (2021).

- Ali F et al. Ketamine disinhibits dendrites and enhances calcium signals in prefrontal dendritic spines. Nature Communications (2020).

How to Apply

Interested applicants should send a short paragraph describing research interests and a CV by email to Alex Kwan ([email protected]).

Please mention that you saw this vacancy on Scientifica's website when applying.

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