Postdoctoral positions in vocal motor production, University of Utah

A postdoctoral position is currently available in the laboratory of Ayako Yamaguchi
( in the Department of Biology at the
University of Utah.  The successful candidate will work on a project investigating the
cellular and synaptic mechanisms underlying rhythmic vocal production in the African
clawed frog, Xenopus laevis.  A unique feature of the Xenopus vocal system is that we
can study the functional properties of the vocal pathways in vitro using a “singing brain
in a dish” preparation that we previously developed.  By applying a variety of
experimental tools including electrophysiological, pharmacological,
immunohistochemical, and optogenetic techniques that we are more recently
developing, we will strive to answer how neurons function together to generate male-
and female-specific vocal rhythms in an androgen-dependent manner.  The position is
funded through an NSF grant, and available starting immediately.  A background in
cellular neurobiology, systems neuroscience, or electrophysiology is preferred for
postdoctoral candidates.  In addition to receiving a strong training in cellular and
systems neuroscience, the collaborative nature of the research program together with
the diverse faculty in the neuroscience community on campus provides an opportunity
to pursue various directions of research including computational neuroscience, optical
imaging, and molecular neuroscience.  Please e-mail a CV and a list of references to
Dr. Ayako Yamaguchi.


Ayako Yamaguchi
Associate Professor