Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience

Positions Available

The Albert Einstein College of Medicine together with the Montefiore Medical Center is launching an ambitious Brain Sciences Initiative. As part of this large-scale expansion, the Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience will recruit a number of highly qualified faculty in the coming years.

Einstein boasts a strong research faculty and enjoys an exceptionally collegial and collaborative environment. The Department of Neuroscience has a 50 year history of conducting cutting-edge research in diverse areas of neuroscience, with strong links to other basic science departments and institutes at Einstein, and growing collaborations with clinical departments at Montefiore.

Assistant and Associate Professors

This year, candidates with research interests in basic, clinical or translational neuroscience will be considered for at least two tenure-track positions at the Assistant and Associate Professor level. Applications from exceptional Full Professors will also be considered. Highly competitive start-up packages are available. Outstanding applicants may also be considered for named endowed Chair and endowed Scholar positions. There are also opportunities for co-appointments in clinical departments.

Applicants must have a PhD, MD, or equivalent degree, with a track record of research excellence. Qualified applicants should submit a cover letter, curriculum vitae, and a summary of research accomplishments and goals (maximum 3 pages) to Applicants should also arrange to have 3 letters of reference sent directly to this email address.

Review of applications will begin on October 1, 2017 and continue until the positions are filled.

Postdoctoral Associates


A postdoctoral position is available for an NIH-funded project at the Pena lab, to study the auditory system, with a focus on neural coding and the neuroethological approach. The postdoctoral fellow will join a collaborative research team interested in the coding of sensory cues and their probabilities in the auditory system of barn owls. The project will require collecting data from neural populations using multi-electrode arrays while manipulating the auditory scene. Brian J. Fischer at Seattle University will collaborate on the theoretical approach. Experience in electrophysiology and familiarity with data analysis and Matlab programming is desired. Applications (including research background and interests, curriculum vitae, and names and contact information for references) or inquiries should be sent to The position will remain open until filled.


A postdoctoral position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Vytas Verselis to study the mechanisms underlying the pathogenesis of syndromic, sensorineural deafness caused by mutations in the GJB2 gene encoding connexin26 (Cx26). The project incorporates electrophysiological and fluorescence imaging studies of functional mutants in exogenous expression systems and extends to studies of mouse models with inducible expression of functional variants driven by the GJB2 promoter. Applicants with experience with mouse cochlear preparations and mouse models of human genetic disorders are desired. A collaborative project includes the development of specific Cx channel blockers as avenues for treatment. The successful candidate must have a PhD, MD, or equivalent degree, with a track record of research excellence. Interested applicants are asked to submit a curriculum vitae, a brief summary of research background and the names and contact information of references to


A postdoctoral position is immediately available in the Sidney Weisner Laboratory of Genetic Neurological Diseases in the Department of Neuroscience. The successful applicant will join the director of this laboratory, Dr. Steve Walkley, and a dedicated research group focused on understanding and treating lysosomal disorders. The lab is broadly focused on understanding the effects of altered lysosomal function on mTOR, TFEB and related signaling pathways, on autophagy and endocytic processing, and on growth factor signaling. Examples of diseases of focus include Niemann-Pick types A and C, GM1 and GM2 (Sandhoff) gangliosidoses, MPS IIIA disease, late infantile and juvenile Batten diseases (CLN2, CLN3), and mucolipidosis type IV. Therapeutic approaches to such disorders are vigorously pursued in parallel with studies on pathogenesis. The successful candidate will have a Ph.D., M.D., D.V.M., or equivalent degree. A record of publications from PhD or prior postdoctoral training work is anticipated and prior training in neuroscience is preferred. To apply, please email your CV and a short cover letter summarizing your experience, along with the contact information of three references to



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Publication | Dr. Yonatan Fishman, Dr. Mitchell Steinschneider
Drs. Yonatan Fishman, Dr. Mitchell Steinschneider and collaborators recently published "A Crucial Test of the Population Separation Model of Auditory Stream Segregation in Macaque Primary Auditory Cortex" in J Neurosci. 37(44):10645-55, 2017....more

Grant Award | Dr. Kamran Khodakhah
Kamran Khodakhah, Ph.D. has been awarded a five-year, $2.3 million grant to use his mouse model to determine at the cellular and molecular level how mutations associated with DYT1 cause dystonia, a neurological disorder that causes muscles to contract involuntarily. Dr. Khodakhah is professor and chair of the Dominick P. Purpura Department of Neuroscience and the Florence and Irving Rubinstein Chair in Neuroscience. (1R01NS105470-01)...more

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