Positions available

Postdoctoral positions 

A postdoctoral scholar position is available in the Igarashi laboratory at University of California Irvine. We investigate (1) circuit mechanisms for associative memory in the circuit of lateral entorhinal cortex and hippocampus, and (2) how these mechanisms in the memory circuit are affected and can be manipulated to restore memory in Alzheimer’s disease models. Our work uses in vivo tetrode/silicon probe recordings from behaving mice, optogenetics, memory behavioral tasks, and single-cell anatomy. The successful candidate will work on either or both of above two projects.

Requirements: The successful candidate will have a Ph.D. with research experience relevant to our lab interests and a desire to work independently within a collaborative team environment. Preference will be given to candidates with established expertise in either in vivo or in vitro electrophysiology. We are especially seeking an outstanding candidate interested in combining genetic approaches with in vivo electrophysiological recording from behaving mice. Competitive applicants should have at least one high-quality, first-author publication.
Learn more about our research program at www.igarashilab.org

To apply: Please visit the UC Irvine RECRUIT website located at:

Applicants should complete an online application profile and upload the following materials:

  1. Curriculum Vitae
  2. Contact information for 3 references
  3. Research Statement – describe prior experience, future goals, and address how you think you can contribute to the overall research direction of the Igarashi laboratory


Graduate students

Students interested in studying Neurobiology in graduate school are encouraged to apply to UCI’s MSTP program (http://www.mstp.uci.edu/) or Interdepartmental Neuroscience Program (http://www.inp.uci.edu/). If you have already been accepted into the program and are interested in pursuing your PhD in our lab, please contact Kei directly via email.

Undergraduate students

We have undergrad research positions available for highly motivated undergraduate students who want to pursue their research in either graduate schools or MD-PhD courses. We have a great track record in undergrad research opportunity fellowships, and currently have one UCI MD-PhD student (Heechul Jun) who can advise MSTP applications. Please send (i) your CV and (ii) a research statement describing your interest and a plan of what you would like to achieve in the Igarashi lab. Generic emails will not be answered.