Postdoctoral scholar position available at Cleveland Clinic Lerner Research Institute

Job Title: Postdoctoral Scholar - Optomechanical Engineer/Scientist for Large Scale Recordings and Manipulations

Location: Cleveland, Ohio, US

Closing Date: 31st December 2022

Job Description

We are looking for a postdoctoral scholar who will design and implement opto‐mechanical systems for performing in vivo and in vitro large‐scale optogenetics and imaging experiments. With these systems, we would like to understand how neural circuits generate patterned activity that gives rise to complex behaviors and phenotypes in health and disease states. It is a fully‐funded and three‐years long postdoctoral position. Extending its duration is possible depending on the project outcomes.

About the Yildirim Lab

We are a highly‐motivated multi‐disciplinary research group focuses on cracking brain complexity in the lens of engineering, optics, photonics, behavioral and computational neuroscience for basic and translational neuroscience questions. Please visit our website to check our lab policy and diversity, equity and inclusion (DEI).

The Candidate

We are looking for a curious scientist and/or engineer who is interested in working in a team‐oriented environment and interested in making new discoveries in the basic and translational neuroscience. This position is ideal for someone with a desire to use their engineering and optics skills to develop next‐generation optical microscopes and to gain skillsets for large‐scale recordings, manipulations, and behavioral experiments. These technologies will help us to dissect neural circuits responsible for animal behavior in health and disease states.


  • A doctoral degree in Engineering and/or Physics
  • Expertise on one of these following topics: fluorescence microscopy, multiphoton microscopy, Fourier optics, image processing, machine learning, optimization, compressive sensing, brain functional imaging, and optogenetics.
  • Strong expertise with coding (MATLAB, R, or Phyton)
  • Excellent organizational, analytical, and oral and written communication skills
  • Ability to analyze data and present it in a format suitable for publication
  • Self motivation
  • Ability to function effectively in a team‐oriented environment


  • A doctoral degree in Physics, Mechanical, Electrical or Biomedical Engineering
  • Expertise in multiphoton imaging and/or in endoscopic system development

How to Apply

Interested candidates should submit a CV, and contact information of three references to Dr. Murat Yildirim, via email: [email protected] and/or [email protected].

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