Postdoctoral fellow position in systems neuroscience of memory at the University of Toronto

We are excited to announce an opening for a Postdoctoral Research Fellow in the Takehara Lab in the Department of Psychology at the University of Toronto ( This position is pivotal to our CIHR-funded research on hippocampal-neocortical interactions essential for memory processes. The selected candidate will spearhead a project employing cutting-edge calcium imaging techniques, including miniaturized microscope and fiber photometry, alongside targeted chemogenetic interventions in murine models. This research aims to uncover the contribution of the lateral entorhinal cortex to modulating hippocampal and prefrontal ensemble dynamics supporting memory encoding and retrieval.

The ideal candidate will be a motivated scientist with excellent organization and communication skills. They must have acquired a Ph.D. within the last five years and have experience in neuroscience, neurobiology, or neurophysiology. The role demands exceptional proficiency in stereotaxic surgeries, viral vector gene delivery optimization, and histological analysis. Experience with fiber photometry, optogenetics, or data analysis with Matlab/Python will be an advantage. The candidate should also bring a solid motivation to mentor graduate and undergraduate students. We foster a collaborative environment where each member’s contribution is vital to our collective success.

Salary will be commensurate with experience. The position will initially be for one year with the possibility of renewal. Applicants should submit a) a curriculum vitae including a publication list, b) a one-page summary of research interests, and c) names and contact details of three referees to Dr. Kaori Takehara-Nishiuchi by email (

Contact information

Dr. Kaori Takehara-Nishiuchi
Department of Psychology, University of Toronto