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Postdoctoral Researchers, Vascular Physiology, Role of Caveolins, The Aging Cerebrovasculature

Job Title: Postdoctoral Researchers, Vascular Physiology, Role of Caveolins, The Aging Cerebrovasculature
Position Type: Full Time
Required Education: PhD or PhD/MD in neuroscience, physiology or a related field. 
Areas of Expertise Desired: Competitive applicants will have at least one high-quality, first-author publication.

Position Description

Postdoctoral research positions are available in the Andre Obenaus Laboratory at University of California, Riverside. The Obenaus laboratory undertakes a range of studies on how brain injury temporally evolves in both adolescents and adults. For these positions, we are interested in how the cerebrovascular network at the injury site responds. We have previously shown that a damaged vascular system recovers but is significantly altered in its angioarchitecture. The underlying mechanisms are the focus of the current position and aspects of the research will investigate how endothelial caveolins modulate function after injury. We utilize a constellation of approaches, including neuroimaging (MRI), molecular and cellular methods in our research, with the goal of developing new therapies. The laboratory is currently supported by multiple grants from NIH to support these projects.

Learn more about our research program by contacting: aobenaus@medsch.ucr.edu

We are recruiting for the following areas: 

  1. Vascular physiology: This position will use modern in vivo imaging (miniscopes, two-photon, magnetic resonance imaging), optogenetics and/or behavioral approaches in animal models of traumatic brain injury.
  2. Role of caveolins: This position will develop and use novel molecular tools to investigate how caveolins modify vascular function after adolescent concussions that lead to long-term decrements in behavioral functions. 
  3. The aging cerebrovasculature: This position will investigate how the vasculature is altered in novel models of human Alzheimer’s Disease, including those from the MODEL AD consortium.  

The laboratory is located in the Division of Biomedical Sciences at UC Riverside and equipped with state-of-the-art research facilities. UC Riverside is a world-class research university with highly ranked graduate programs in neuroscience and biological sciences. Our Southern California location is home to one of the largest academic research and biotechnology hubs in the US. Lab members enjoy direct access to this outstanding community of neuroscientists and clinicians as well as the wide range of recreational activities available in our region. Successful candidates will join an interdisciplinary and collaborative team to develop the next generation tools and technologies to treat brain injury.

The UCR School of Medicine’s mission is to improve the health of the community in the Inland Empire, one of the most ethnically diverse and medically underserved areas of the country. UCR is a world-class research university with an exceptionally diverse undergraduate student body. Its mission is explicitly linked to providing routes to educational success for underrepresented and first-generation college students. A commitment to this mission is a preferred qualification. Advancement through the ranks at the University of California is through a series of structured, merit-based evaluations, occurring every 2-3 years, each of which includes substantial peer input.


PhD or PhD/MD in Neuroscience, Physiology or a related field. Competitive applicants will have at least one high-quality, first-author publication.

Salary Information

Salary will be based on University of California guidelines for the Postdoctoral scholars and is commensurate with experience. These positions are fully funded by NIH grants.

The posted UC salary scales set the minimum pay determined by rank and step at appointment. See Table 23 for the salary range. The base salary range for this position is $64,480 – $77,327.

For more information, contact: Andre Obenaus, PhD at aobenaus@medsch.ucr.edu

The University of California is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action Employer with a strong institutional commitment to the achievement of excellence and diversity among its faculty and staff. All qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity, national origin, age, disability, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law.