Postdoctoral Fellowship in Psychiatric Disease Stem Cell Modeling and Genomics
University of California Los Angeles
United States

Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Psychiatric Disease Stem Cell Modeling and Genomics

Job #JPF07414
  • PSYCHIATRY/BIOBEHAVIORAL SCI / David Geffen School Of Medicin / UCLA

Application Window

Open date: April 18th, 2022

Next review date: Monday, May 2, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Apply by this date to ensure full consideration by the committee.

Final date: Wednesday, May 18, 2022 at 11:59pm (Pacific Time)
Applications will continue to be accepted until this date, but those received after the review date will only be considered if the position has not yet been filled.

Position description

An NIH-funded full-time position for a Post-Doctoral Fellowshp is immediately available, jointly supervised by Dr. Luis de la Torre Ubieta and Dr. Michael Gandal in the David Geffen School of Medicine and the Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. We are looking for a motivated researcher interested in working at the interface of experimental stem cell biology and psychiatric genomics, to investigate the mechanisms of disease genetics through neural stem cell modeling of human brain development.

The de la Torre Ubieta (LTU) and Gandal labs are located within the interdisciplinary Intellectual and Developmental Disabilities Research Center (IDDRC) at UCLA. The LTU lab focuses on experimental and developmental neurobiology, modeling of human cortical development using stem cells, and gene regulation. The Gandal lab employs systems-level, computational, multi-omic approaches using human brain samples to investigate the biological mechanisms underlying genetic risk for neurodevelopmental and psychiatric disorders, including autism, schizophrenia, and bipolar disorder. Our long-term goals are to translate genetic findings into practical therapeutics for neuropsychiatric disease.

A successful candidate will have the following qualifications:
• PhD in biological sciences
• Ability to work independently within a collaborative multi-disciplinary team based environment
• Motivation to learn and develop expertise in cutting-edge genome engineering and stem cell based methodologies
• Strong oral and written communication skills to present and publish research findings
• Track record training and mentoring junior scientists

Experience with cell culture and neural stem cell models, functional genomics assays (e.g., scRNA-seq, ATAC-seq), and/or CRISPR/Cas9 genome engineering are preferred but not required. All backgrounds will be considered. The appointed researcher will be embedded within a highly interdisciplinary team of neural stem cell and developmental biologists, computational biologists, bioinformaticians, statistical geneticists, and clinicians. The successful candidate will help develop and implement high-throughput genome engineering and genomic assays in human neural progenitor cell lines. Training opportunities and mentorship in wet-lab stem cell modeling and dry-lab genomics techniques will be uniquely provided by the joint PIs.

Please email a cover letter, CV, and 3 references to Luis de la Torre Ubieta (LDeLaTorreUbieta and Michael Gandal ( and also upload to the application portal at: https://

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Basic qualifications (required at time of application)

• PhD in neuroscience, psychology, neuropsychology, cognitive neuroscience, computational neuroscience or similar
• Ability to work independently within a collaborative multi-disciplinary team based environment
• Experience with multivariate statistics
• Experience processing and analyzing neuroimaging data
• Programming experience (e.g. python, Matlab, R)
• Motivation to learn and develop expertise in cutting-edge neuroimaging and neuromodulation techniques
• Strong oral and written communication skills to present and publish research findings

Application Requirements

Document requirements
  • Curriculum Vitae - Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter
  • Statement of Research (Optional)
  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)
  • Statement on Contributions to Equity, Diversity, and Inclusion - An EDI Statement describes a faculty candidate’s past, present, and future (planned) contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion. To learn more about how UCLA thinks about contributions to equity, diversity, and inclusion, please review our Sample Guidance for Candidates and related EDI Statement FAQ document.
  • Misc / Additional (Optional)
Reference requirements
  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

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Los Angeles, California

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