Job ID: 64332

Post-doc in Vestibular Hair Cell and Afferent Neurophysiology

Position: Post-doctoral Position

Deadline: 31 July 2022

Contract Length: Minimum 2 years

City: Denver

Country: United States

Institution: University of Colorado Anschutz Medical Campus

Department: Physiology and Biophysics and Otolaryngology Head & Neck Surgery


We seek at least two new team members for a newly NIH-funded 5-year research project focusing on the age-related changes to vestibular hair cell and afferent physiology. The vestibular system is responsible for our sense of balance, and as we age, we are more likely to experience vertigo and falls. Little is known about mechanisms underlying vestibular dysfunction during the aging process. The sensory hair cells of the vestibular system are responsible for encoding head movements, and the mechanotransduction process converts the head movement into electrical signals for processing in the brain. We will be performing the first experiments to study how the peripheral vestibular system changes with age in gerbils from young adult to > 3 years old. These positions are focused on the mechanotransduction process, hair cell properties, and afferent fiber properties and are a collaboration between the laboratories of Dr. Anthony Peng, a leader in hair cell mechanotransduction, and Dr. Katie Rennie, a leader in vestibular hair cell and afferent properties. Candidates with several years of experience may be considered for a research associate position. Salary is competitive and determined by experience and qualifications in the range of $53,760 – $70,000. A lump sum for moving expenses will also be provided.

The successful applicant will be responsible for designing, performing, and analyzing research experiments. Applicants with experience in neuroscience, neurobiology, ion channel physiology, cell biology, or engineering would be strong candidates. The start date of the position is negotiable.  The Departments of Physiology and Biophysics and Otolaryngology, Head & Neck Surgery have multiple auditory and vestibular researchers as well as ion channel physiologists in a very collegial environment leading to multiple opportunities for interaction and growth. Colorado is a great place to live with the vast outdoors of the Rocky Mountains at your doorstep. The region offers hiking, paddleboarding, climbing, biking, trail running, camping, river sports, fishing, skiing/snowboarding, snow shoeing, etc.


Minimum Requirements:

  • PhD and/or MD or equivalent degree
  • Wet lab experience
  • Electrophysiology experience is not essential but a desire to learn electrophysiology is required.
  • Able to work with rodents.

Positions are available immediately and applicants are evaluated on a rolling basis. To apply, please send a CV and a brief statement describing your qualifications, motivations, and research interests to or and mention this FENS ad.