Up to 2 Postdoctoral Researcher Positions at the University of California, Davis

May 03, 2022

Description Summary: The Bliss-Moreau Laboratory at the California National Primate Research Center is recruiting up to 2 postdocs to assist in our work on cognitive, affective, and social aging – including work focused on both/either neuroanatomy or behavior.  Ideal start date is summer or early fall 2022.


The Neuroscience and Behavior Research Unit at the California National Primate Research Center (CNPRC), UC Davis is to join our team to work on our womb-to-tomb neuroanatomy projects evaluating structural variation and plasticity of the “affective brain” and/or behavior projects tracking affective/social/cognitive development across the lifespan. This project is led by Dr. Eliza Bliss-Moreau, core scientist in Neuroscience and Behavior at the CNPRC and a faculty member in the UC Davis Department of Psychology. The postdoctoral position will be located in Davis, CA.
Successful execution of this project will involve carrying out laboratory based testing of animals, neuroanatomical/histological analyses, data analysis, and manuscript preparation.
The postdoctoral researcher will contribute to and be involved in all aspects of the research process, including the development of new directions for the research study design, protocol development, data collection, data processing, data analysis, as well as writing and publishing research reports and reviews. An important aspect of this position will be project management and coordination.



Basic qualifications (required at time of application): The position requires a Ph.D. in psychology, biology, behavioral neuroscience, anthropology, or a related discipline. Preference will be given to candidates who have worked with nonhuman animals in laboratory settings, with particular interest in candidates who have experience working with nonhuman primates. Excellent written and oral communication skills and organizational skills are required. The candidate must be able to work independently as well as part of an interdisciplinary team.


Document requirements

  • Curriculum Vitae – Your most recently updated C.V.
  • Cover Letter (Optional)
  • Statement of Research (Optional)
  • Statement of Teaching (Optional)
  • Statement of Contributions to Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion – Contributions to diversity, equity, and inclusion documented in the application file will be used to evaluate applicants. Visit https://academicaffairs.ucdavis.edu/faculty-equity-and-inclusion for guidelines about writing a statement and why one is requested.

Reference requirements

  • 3-5 required (contact information only)

Apply link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04910

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Application link: https://recruit.ucdavis.edu/JPF04910

For more information, please contact Dr. Eliza Bliss-Moreau at

First review on May 12, but application review will continue until position is filled.

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