Postdoctoral training in chemosensory neurobiology


Miller School of Medicine, Miami
Closing date: 
15 May 2019
Dr. Stephen D. Roper

Fully funded postdoc available for entry in summer 2019 

Title: Peripheral mechanisms in taste

Project summary 

We seek a postdoctoral scientist to join a highly interactive and innovative team developing a comprehensive picture of taste in the mammalian periphery.

Our earlier work established a method for in vivo confocal Ca2+ imaging of first-order taste neurons (Nat Commun. 2015; 6:8171).  Using single cell RNAseq, we have built a novel molecular taxonomy of first-order taste neurons (Nat Commun. 2017; 8:760). We are now positioned to combine these powerful insights to define the stimulus-evoked responses of molecularly identified geniculate ganglion taste neurons. The overall goals are to address long-standing questions (see Roper & Chaudhari, 2017, Nat Rev Neurosci 18:485-497; Leijon et al, 2019, J Physiol, in press) regarding coding, multi-modality and neuronal cell types, and how peripheral sensory ganglion neurons process sensory information.

The successful candidate will have advanced skills in two or more of the following: neuronal recording (e.g. calcium imaging, electrophysiology) and rodent surgery, molecular genetics, neuroanatomical tracing, in situ hybridization and immunostaining. S/he will have the opportunity to incorporate her/his skills and interests into the design of a project within the broad outlines of our research area. There will be many opportunities for collaboration and expanding your own repertoire of technologies. Ideally, we seek a recent Ph.D. in Physiology, Neuroscience, or a related field. Funding is available immediately, so prompt applications are encouraged.

Apply by sending a brief letter of interest, c.v. with full bibliography (conference presentations may be included if desired), and the names of three references. 

Please send all materials to Dr. Stephen Roper, Professor of Physiology & Biophysics, University of Miami Miller School of Medicine. Website:, Email: