University of Nevada, Reno (UNR)

Postdoctoral Scholar - Auditory Synaptic Physiology

University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine

Reno, NV, United States

The University of Nevada, Reno School of Medicine invites applications for a Postdoctoral Scholar in the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology.

We are seeking a highly motivated and creative postdoctoral researcher with significant experience in cellular and molecular neuroscience techniques and/or electrophysiology in the laboratory of Dr. Robert Renden, in the Department of Physiology and Cell Biology. The postdoctoral fellow will have the opportunity to investigate mechanisms underlying age-related changes in synaptic short-term plasticity in mice, using whole cell patch-clamp electrophysiology, immunohistochemistry, and fluorescence imaging, with the cochlear nucleus and MNTB (calyx of Held) as synaptic models. This NIH-funded position will be granted initially for one year, with the possibility of extension contingent on satisfactory performance.


The major responsibilities of this position include:

  • Cooperate in the design of an experimental program to evaluate age-related changes in synaptic function at auditory brainstem synapses in mouse: the calyx of Held and cochlear synapses.
  • Independently contribute to timely experimental execution, data collection, and rigorous data analysis of the research program.
  • Report experimental findings in written publications, incorporating own findings with the existing published literature.
  • Collaborate to develop mechanistic and molecular models describing cellular/molecular mechanisms that are degraded during normal aging and neurodegenerative diseases.


Required Qualifications

  • Recent PhD degree in cellular/molecular biology, synaptic neuroscience, or relevant field.
  • Experience in patch-clamp recording, brain slice electrophysiology, and/or fluorescence imaging (confocal immunofluorescence, live imaging) techniques.
  • Exemplary written and verbal communication skills in English.
  • Strong organizational skills, goal-oriented motivation towards back science research.
  • An ability to work independently in a collaborative environment.


Preferred Qualifications

  • Candidate with existing first author publications in peer-reviewed journals in the field of cellular or molecular neuroscience is highly desirable.
  • Candidate with research experience in synaptic physiology or auditory function is preferred.

Compensation Grade

Postdoctoral Scholar

Department Information

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Department Contacts

Robert Renden, PhD 

Search Chair

Wella Travagli 

Search Coordinator

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