Postdoctoral Positions

A postdoctoral position is available for a motivated recent graduate with a PhD degree in Neuroscience or closely related field interested in studying the molecular basis of synaptic transmission and plasticity. Full-time position, NIH pay scale commensurate with experience. Full benefits. Applicants must have earned their PhD in the past two years in Neuroscience or a closely related field. Experience with electrophysiology or advanced imaging techniques highly desirable, and the ability to work with rodents is required. Please have fluency in English and proven productivity with at least 1 first-authorship publication.

The fellow will benefit from the dynamic environment of a recently established lab at the Center for Neuroscience, which houses more than 25 research groups investigating the entire scope of neuroscience, ranging from cellular and molecular neurobiology, through systems and developmental neuroscience, to studies of human perception, memory, language, and the nature of consciousness. Using cutting-edge technology and pioneering research techniques, the Center’s experts conduct discovery-driven science, leading to a better understanding of how the brain works and the development of new therapies to prevent, treat and potentially cure neurological and psychiatric disorders. Center for Neuroscience fellows benefit from numerous opportunities for career development, including participation in Advanced Graduate Training Programs, grant writing classes, and interactions with world-renowned speakers.

Please send a C.V. to: john.gray@ucdavis.edu 

 

Graduate Student Positions

For current graduate students, please email me if you’re interested in rotating in my lab.

For prospective graduate student applicants, you must apply to one of the graduate groups at UC Davis.  I am currently a member of the Neuroscience Graduate Group, the Pharmacology and Toxicology (PTX) Graduate Group, and the Biochemistry, Molecular, Cellular, and Developmental Biology (BMCDB) Graduate Group.  Application information can be obtained on their websites.  If you’re interested in my lab, feel free to send me an email to introduce yourself and let me know that you’re applying to one of the graduate groups.

 

Technical Staff

No current open positions

 

Undergraduate Students

As someone who greatly benefited from my undergraduate research experience, I’m always open to undergraduates who are interested in a longitudinal experience in my lab.  However, I do receive quite a few emails from interested undergraduates and would like to offer a few suggestions prior to emailing me:

  1. Read the lab description web page and read (or at least skim) a few lab publications.  Is the lab work exciting to you?
  2. Are you willing to put in the time and effort required to learn about the science done in the lab? I am most interested in students who want a longitudinal experience of at least 2 years. Longer in-depth experiences benefit us both.
  3. Do not write a general application letter that you send to a number of labs. Instead, explain WHY you are interested in my lab and what you hope to gain from this experience.
  4. Include in your letter any potentially relevant skills/experiences in addition to any technical skills/previous lab experience. For example, attention to detail, persistence and good hand-eye coordination are highly valued skills in our lab.  Skills like painting, playing an instrument or assembling miniature gadgets can set an applicant apart.
  5. Neuroscience is an incredibly diverse field — from protein structure and cell biology to cognitive neuroscience, social psychology, and everything in-between. For our lab in particular, a solid science background is absolutely required, especially in chemistry, physics, and cellular and molecular biology. We can teach you different techniques and skills, but if you don’t know e.g., what voltage is or don’t care about neurons and synapses, you will not excel in our lab.