Postdoctoral Positions


University of California, San Francisco


San Francisco, California

Principal Investigator

Stanley Prusiner



The Institute for Neurodegenerative Diseases (IND) at UCSF, led by Nobel laureate Stanley B. Prusiner, is seeking motivated postdoctoral scientists. Previous trainees at the IND have become leaders in the fields of neurodegeneration and prion biology, both in academia and industry.

The IND’s mission is to prevent and cure neurodegenerative diseases, including Alzheimer’s, Parkinson’s, and chronic traumatic encephalopathy.

Scientists at the IND work in a multidisciplinary environment, bringing together molecular, cellular, structural and computational biologists with pharmacologists and synthetic chemists. Working in a collaborative environment with experts across each discipline, postdoctoral fellows have access to the equipment necessary to translate fundamental biological discoveries into therapeutics, including transmission and cryo-electron microscopes, imaging and proteomics mass spectrometers, an NMR spectrometer, a confocal microscope, and a number of automated high-resolution cell imaging systems. Researchers model human diseases by applying the latest technologies, including new stem cell techniques, CRISPR gene editing, and novel transgenic mice and rats. To continue advancing its research, the IND is looking for postdoctoral fellows in molecular and cell biology, mass spectrometry, and neuropharmacology. 

The IND is housed in the state-of-the-art Sandler Neurosciences Center on the UCSF Mission Bay campus, and is part of the new UCSF Weill Institute for Neurosciences. UCSF is the leader in NIH funding for public universities, and provides a minimum postdoctoral salary two steps above the NIH pay scale along with a comprehensive benefits package.


Applicants should hold or be close to completing an M.D. or Ph.D. degree and have a track record of research accomplishments, including quality publications and presentations at scientific conferences. Interested candidates should apply online at