Mentor: Dr. Scott Cruikshank, Assistant Professor, Department of Neurobiology, UAB School of Medicine, email:

The newly formed laboratory of Scott Cruikshank in the Department of Neurobiology at UAB, is seeking motivated postdoctoral researchers to investigate thalamocortical circuit organization and operation. The lab aims to understand bidirectional interactions between the neocortex and thalamus, focusing on processing mechanisms in sensory areas.  We use physiological and optical tools both in vitro and in awake behaving preparations.

The Department of Neurobiology at UAB is a great environment for postdocs; there is broad excellence across Neuroscience, with special strengths in cellular and synaptic analysis. Our lab is seeking researchers interested in forebrain circuitry, with strong lab skills and a desire to develop as independent scientists. Expertise in either experimental neurophysiology or optogenetics is necessary. Previous experience in the following other areas would also be desirable but not absolutely required: Rodent behavioral analysis, neuroanatomical or molecular biological techniques, advanced computational skills. The most important requirements for the candidate are enthusiasm and dedication to Neuroscience, and a track record supporting it.

 To apply please submit a cover letter, CV, and contact information for 3 references. The cover letter should address why you are interested in this position, including how it fits into your overall goals.  It should also outline the skills and experience that make you qualified.  Email your application to and include the subject line: Postdoc Application.

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