Inclusive Excellence Postdoctoral Fellow

Santa Clara University, Santa Clara
Salary is $57,500/year; additional funds will be available for relocation and conference attendance.
December 14 2018
IE Postdoc
Position Type
Full Time
Organization Type


The Cocas lab in the department of Biology at Santa Clara University, a Jesuit, Catholic university, seeks an Inclusive Excellence Postdoctoral Fellow in the area of developmental neurobiology.  The Inclusive Excellence Postdoctoral Fellowship program at Santa Clara University supports the early development of research and teaching scholars who are from historically underrepresented groups. Specifically, we seek a fellow who conducts neurobiological research using cellular, molecular, or electrophysiology techniques.

The Cocas lab studies synapse formation and myelination, using transgenic mouse models to study neural development, and has several projects that utilize viral circuit tracing, confocal microscopy, in utero electroporation, electrophysiology, and single cell RNA sequencing approaches. We examine the role of neuronal activity as well as the function of several synaptic adhesion proteins in early developmental programs such as axon guidance, synapse formation, circuit formation, and myelination in the developing brain.

This is a two-year postdoctoral position, with the possibility of a third year of funding.


Candidates for this position must have earned a Ph.D. in Biology, Neuroscience or a related discipline and have a strong background and research experience in genetics, cell biology, molecular biology, and/or electrophysiology.  Experience with developmental questions and mouse models is preferred. The successful candidate will be able to work independently, is adept at problem solving, and has a track record of peer-reviewed publications. Prior teaching experience is recommended but not required.


This is predominantly a research position; however, the postdoc's duties will include teaching as well as supervising undergraduates in the research lab. Santa Clara University operates on the quarter system, and the teaching load will be one course during the first year of the appointment and two courses during the second year. The post-doc should be able to teach introductory biology and neuroscience classes and laboratories as well as methods in neuroscience, and an upper-division neurobiology course.


Salary is $57,500/year; additional funds will be available for relocation and conference attendance. Benefits and visa application sponsorship eligible. Housing assistance may also be available.


Start Date

The position can begin between June 15th and September 15th, 2019.

More Information

Applicants are invited to visit the university’s website at for descriptions of the university’s mission and the diverse student population we serve. More information about the Department of Biology and Neuroscience Program can be found at and, respectively.  Santa Clara University is committed to the strategic goal of enriching the quality of our community of scholars by increasing diversity among faculty, staff, and students. Candidates who can contribute to this goal are encouraged to apply and to identify their strengths or experiences related to achieving this goal in their letter of application. 

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