Center for Neuroscience Wiltgen Lab Jr. Specialist 2017 University of California at Davis, Center for Neuroscience United States

Center for Neuroscience Wiltgen Lab Jr. Specialist 2017

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Open date: July 7th, 2017

Next review date: July 21st, 2017

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Final date: September 30th, 2017

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.



The Wiltgen lab studies neurobiological mechanisms of learning and memory. We focus on a brain structure called the hippocampus, which is essential for spatial and contextual learning. Our goal is to understand the mechanisms by which this region forms and maintains memories across the lifespan. To address these issues, the lab combines behavioral analyses with pharmacology, immunohistochemistry, electrophysiology, optogenetic and pharmacogenetic techniques. We use mice because of the powerful cellular and molecular tools that have been developed in these animals.


The Wilgen lab is seeking a highly motivated and enthusiastic individual to assist with several projects studying the role of the hippocampus in memory consolidation. This will be a Part‐time (20 hours/week) position. This Junior Specialist will collect and analyze behavioral data under the supervision of the PI. They will take part in meetings with the PI to interpret behavioral data results, provide feedback in terms of data analysis and plan future experiments. The candidate will be expected to create graphs of their data as well as describe the methods and results for publication. By creating a draft of a publishable manuscript with a senior graduate student and being involved in the editing process, the Junior Specialist will be actively and significantly involved in in publishable research activities. The candidate will participate in critical review of papers provided by the PI and the graduate student and will engage in discussions on research in lab meetings and journal clubs. The candidate will participate in The UC Davis Undergraduate Research Conference and will assist the graduate student in presenting a poster at the Society for Neuroscience meeting.


Job responsibilities will also include: rodent colony management, genotyping, and learning and performing behavioral assays for those research projects.


Junior Specialists at the Center for Neuroscience participate in and help organize a variety of community outreach activities during Brain Awareness Week. Brain Awareness Week (BAW) is a global effort organized by the Dana Alliance for Brain Initiatives and the Society for Neuroscience to promote the public and personal benefits of brain research. For one week every March, Brain Awareness Week unites the global efforts of over 2,200 universities, hospitals, patient groups, government agencies, schools, service and professional organizations in 76 countries in a week-long celebration of the brain.


Requirements: BS/BA in Neuroscience, Psychology, or related field. Working knowledge of mouse behavioral assays and previous lab experience with animal handling (with references) preferred.



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