We are looking for passionate, highly motivated, ambitious and creative young scientists to be part of our team.

Why join us?

Xu laboratory uses a combination of molecular approaches and electrophysiological techniques to study how activity induces changes in neuronal properties mediate information coding in the central nervous system. We investigate the molecular events underlying the changes of neuronal properties including synaptic transmission and neuronal excitability in response to neural activity and behavioral stimulation, and how these changes will lead to the information processing and storage in the brain.

Many genes involved in this process are associated with neurological and psychiatric disorders, and the dysregulation of this process is thought to underlie some of the cognitive impairment in these diseases.

Our goal is to understand mechanisms of neural plasticity essential for information processing and storage in the brain and their dysfunction in diseases such as autism, schizophrenia, bipolar disorder and mental retardation.

Open Positions

We are currently accepting applications for the following positions:

 Technical Assistant

We are looking for research assistant to join a highly motivated research lab in neuroscience. Projects involve studying cellular and molecular mechanisms of synaptic plasticity underlying learning and memory. Experimental techniques involve, but are not limited to molecular cloning, primary neuronal culture and cell line culture, protein processing, and western blotting, and immunohistology.

Required: A bachelor’s degree in biology or related field. Research Oriented, driven, organized and detail-oriented individuals are encouraged to apply. Strong communication skills. Research experience in a biological laboratory is preferred. Technical experiences in molecular cloning, tissue culture, and animal handling are highly desirable.

 Postdoctoral Associate – Fellow

We are looking for postdoctoral candidates with expertise in electrophysiology, molecular and cellular neurobiology and system neuroscience. Individuals who are interested in mechanisms in neural plasticity, neuronal signal processing are encouraged to apply.

 Graduate Student

We are motivated to train graduate students to become sophisticated researchers in the interface of neurophysiology, molecular, cellular neurobiology and system neuroscience. Individuals who are mechanistically driven, critical and creative are encouraged to apply.

 Undergrad. Research Opportunity (UROP)

We are looking for research oriented undergraduate students to join our lab for research opportunities. We are motivated to train undergraduate researchers to embark on independent research projects during their stay with us.

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