Stanford Medicine

Postdoc - Rapid acting psychiatric therapies

Boris Heifets MD, PhD

Stanford, CA, United States

Do you think rapid-acting treatments for neuropsychiatric disorders are the future of applied neuroscience? Do you want to see your science translated into clinical practice?

We do too. 

We are looking for 1-2 highly motivated and creative postdocs or experienced research associates to develop several exciting projects in the lab of Dr. Boris Heifets MD PhD in the Department of Anesthesiology at Stanford University School of Medicine. Our lab is situated in an unparalleled intellectual environment, sharing space, resources and meetings with the labs of Drs. Robert Malenka, Thomas Sudhof & Lu Chen.

Lab projects are focused on the neural circuitry and pharmacology of MDMA and ketamine, and we have active collaborations with the department of neurosurgery investigating mechanisms of DBS. We primarily use rodent behavioral models, behavioral pharamacology, optogenetics, in vivo calcium imaging, and whole brain imaging techniques. Our involvement in clinical trials at Stanford University Hospital exploring ketamine’s antidepressant mechanism and other anesthetics’ mechanisms also offer exciting opportunities for new project development.

The ideal candidate has an MD and/or PhD in neuroscience, pharmacology or quantitative biology, or must have extensive research associate-level experience in a neuroscience lab. Experience with rodents is required. Excellent analytical skills, e.g. python & Matlab, are strongly preferred. The successful candidate should be able to work independently and be willing to collaborate with multiple research and clinical groups within our world-class institution. Ample opportunities for career development, mentorship and clinical exposure based on candidate interest. Pay is highly competitive.

Please submit a CV and cover letter to Dr. Heifets,


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Postdoc - Rapid acting psychiatric therapies