Postdoctoral Scientist - Anastassiou & Rutishauser Labs (Computational Experience) - Department of Neurosurgery

Cedars Sinai

Los Angeles, CA

Job posting number: #7153614 (Ref:HRC0843818B)

Posted: April 3, 2024

Application Deadline: Open Until Filled

Job Description

Job Description

When the work you do every single day has a crucial impact on the lives of others, every effort, every detail, and every second matters. This shared culture of happiness, passion, and dedication pulses through Cedars-Sinai, and it’s just one of the many reasons why we rank as one of the top hospitals in the nation by U.S. News & World Report.

If you're ready to be a part of breakthrough research, then we invite you to consider this exciting opportunity and apply today!

As a Postdoctoral Scientist, you will be working independently but in close cooperation and in consultation with the Principal Investigator, Costas Anastassiou, PhD, and Ueli Rutishauser, PhD, in the Department of Neurosurgery, and other Research Scientist. You will be an essential team member in their ongoing effort to understand human brain function spanning across spatiotemporal scales. The core responsibility for this position is to setup computational simulations and data analysis workflows from slice and in vivo brain physiology in humans.

More specifically, you will be responsible for the following:

  • Design and conduct biophysical simulations with an existing computational framework allowing simulation of reconstructed, interconnected and biophysically realistic human neurons.
  • Analyze simulated and experimental data using state-of-the-art statistical analyses to establish structure-function relationships.
  • Compare computational findings with experimental observables to deduce biophysical principles of high-level functioning. Of particular interest will be how cellular, cell type and whole circuit functioning is manifested in the extracellular field in humans.

Primary Duties and Responsibilities: 

  • May assist in preparation of grant proposals, but not responsible for generating grant funds
  • Publish/present findings in peer-reviewed journals/scientific conferences as author or co-author
  • May develop, adapt, and implement new research techniques and protocols.
  • Analyzes, interprets, summarizes, and compiles data.  
  • Performs routine and complex laboratory procedures throughout training period.
  • Operates and maintains equipment and instruments. 

Department-Specific Duties and Responsibilities:

  • In close collaboration with theoreticians and experimental colleagues, design, implement, and conduct single-neuron and network simulations of human neurons. 
  • Contribute to ongoing efforts in computational framework development (simulation and data analysis) as well as to scientific questions relevant to the system under investigation. 
  • Contribute to adjacent projects related to human pathophysiology and neurotherapies.
  • Publish/present findings in peer-reviewed journals/scientific conferences. 
  • Prepare written and oral reports on a regular basis. 
  • Maintain clear and accurate communication with supervisor, team members, and external collaborators. 




  • Doctorate (MD, PhD, VMD or DDS) in area directly related to field of research specialization, required.
  • PhD degree in Computational Neuroscience, Physics, Applied Mathematics, Bioengineering, or related field, highly preferred.

Experience and Skills:

  • Works independently on research projects designed by PI within area of specialization.  
  • Acquires thorough technical and theoretical knowledge of research project and objectives during one to five (1-5) year Postdoctoral appointment.  
  • Demonstrated aptitude to perform experimental protocols and procedures, including detailed data collection, analysis, operation, and maintenance of specialized equipment.
  • Knowledge of safety standards and maintenance of specialized equipment.

Department-Specific Experience and Skills:

  • Strong background in scientific computing.
  • Experience in Computational Neuroscience is preferred, but other strong applicants are considered (with background in Computational Physics, Applied Mathematics, Biophysics, and related disciplines).  
  • Experience with parallel computing is a plus as well as familiarity with high-level programming languages such as Python or Matlab.
  • Familiarity with in vitro and in vivo electrophysiological monitoring techniques and analysis.
  • Ability to meet aggressive timelines and deliverables in a collaborative environment.
  • Strong publication record.
  • Experience in pursuing research projects in collaborative fashion.
  • Proven independent thinking and flexibility.  
  • Strong written and verbal communication skills. 

Physical Requirements:
Able to perform moderate lifting.  Able to sit, stand and walk for prolonged periods of time.  Able to read papers and online documents.  Able to operate standard office equipment.  Able to exercise physical ability and perspective acuity to satisfactorily perform essential job functions.


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 : HRC0843818B
Working Title : Postdoctoral Scientist - Anastassiou & Rutishauser Labs (Computational Experience) - 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 : $64,500.00 - $93,600.00

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Application Deadline:Open Until Filled
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