Postdoctoral Scientist - Rutishauser Lab - Department of Neurosurgery

Cedars Sinai

Los Angeles, CA

Job posting number: #7217946 (Ref:871)

Posted: April 3, 2024

Job Description

Job Description

Grow your career at Cedars-Sinai!

Cedars-Sinai offers a culture of happiness, passion, and dedication. This is one of the many reasons why we rank as one of the top hospitals in California and in the nation by the U.S. News & World Report.

Principal Investigator, Ueli Rutishauser, PhD invites you to consider this Postdoctoral Scientist opportunity to join his dynamic team!

Under the guidance and mentorship of Dr. Ueli Rutishauser in the Department of Neurosurgery and the Center for Neural Science and Medicine, and working closely with other postdoctoral scholars, graduate students, undergraduate students, research associates, and collaborators, the Postdoctoral Scientist will be engaged in ground breaking research with the goal of developing a mechanistic understanding of human cognition. The incumbent will participate in systems neuroscience research throughout the training period by using intracranial recordings in humans and advanced computational and analysis methods to study the mechanisms of learning, memory, and decision-making. The postdoctoral scholar will participate in publications and presentations as author or co-author and may assist in the preparation of grant proposals. This NIH and NSF funded position is an outstanding opportunity to acquire training in a ground breaking research program. This position is not responsible for generating grant funds. To learn more, please visit: Rutishauser Research Lab | Cedars-Sinai.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities:

  • Keeps appropriate experimental records and documentation and analyzes the results with the Principal Investigator.
  • May develop, adapt, and implement new research techniques and protocols.
  • Performs routine and complex laboratory procedures throughout training period.
  • Operates and maintains equipment and instruments.
  • May design and perform experiments.
  • Analyzes, interprets, summarizes, and compiles data.

Department-Specific Duties:

  • Designs and performs human intracranial electrophysiology experiments.
  • Designs, implements, and uses computational techniques to process and analyze electrophysiological and behavioral data.
  • Applies a programming language (MATLAB and Python) to implement analysis procedures and to analyze and interpret the results.
  • Uses, develops, and extends complex data analysis programs to develop biological insights from complex electrophysiological datasets.
  • Designs, implements, and continuously improves behavioral experiments using MATLAB.
  • Interacts respectfully and efficiently with patients, caregivers, and hospital clinical staff.



  • Doctorate degree (PhD) in Neuroscience or related field, required.


  • Works independently on research projects designed together with the mentor (Dr. Ueli Rutishauser) within area of specialization.
  • Acquires thorough technical and theoretical knowledge of research project and objectives during one to four (1-4) year post-doctoral appointment.
  • Strong computational, programming (MATLAB and Python), data analysis, statistics, and electrophysiology skills are crucial.
  • Knowledge of the cognitive neuroscience literature is essential.
  • Excellent written and oral English communication skills are required.
  • Previous experience with human scalp or intracranial EEG or animal intracranial electrophysiology is preferred.
  • Proven ability to conduct high-quality research evidenced by first author publications.

Physical Requirements:

Position requires working with electrophysiology equipment and computers for extended periods of time and the use of specialized laboratory equipment.  Must be able to sit, stand, and/or stoop for long periods of time. Must be able to lift at least 20 pounds. 

About Us

Cedars-Sinai is a leader in providing high-quality healthcare encompassing primary care, specialized medicine and research. Since 1902, Cedars-Sinai has evolved to meet the needs of one of the most diverse regions in the nation, setting standards in quality and innovative patient care, research, teaching and community service. Today, Cedars- Sinai is known for its national leadership in transforming healthcare for the benefit of patients. Cedars-Sinai impacts the future of healthcare by developing new approaches to treatment and educating tomorrow's health professionals. Additionally, Cedars-Sinai demonstrates a commitment to the community through programs that improve the health of its most vulnerable residents.

About the Team

Cedars-Sinai is one of the largest nonprofit academic medical centers in the U.S., with 886 licensed beds, 2,100 physicians, 2,800 nurses and thousands of other healthcare professionals and staff. Choose this if you want to work in a fast-paced environment that offers the highest level of care to people in the Los Angeles that need our care the most.

Req ID : 871
Working Title : Postdoctoral Scientist - Rutishauser Lab - Department of Neurosurgery
Department : Research - Neurosurgical
Business Entity : Cedars-Sinai Medical Center
Job Category : Academic / Research
Job Specialty : Postdoctoral Scholar
Overtime Status : EXEMPT
Primary Shift : Day
Shift Duration : 8 hour
Base Pay : $66,560.00 - $93,600.00

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Job posting number:#7217946 (Ref:871)
Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
Employer Location:Cedars Sinai
Los Angeles,California
United States
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