Postdoctoral position in invasive human neurophysiology during deep brain stimulation surgery

The UCLA Surgical Neuromodulation and Brain Mapping Lab, under the direction of Dr. Ausaf Bari in the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery, is recruiting a motivated and talented postdoctoral fellow to join an interdisciplinary team to study invasive neurophysiology. This position is funded by a recently awarded NIH UH3 grant. The project involves the acquisition and analysis of intraoperative and extra-operative local field potential and single unit neuronal recordings via DBS electrodes, depth electrodes, and/or invasive electrocorticography.

The successful candidates are expected to be team players and collaborate closely with other team members (both within UCLA and across our collaborative multi-site network) to develop and validate data recordings, analyses, and the interpretation of results. The candidates are also expected to report, through oral presentations and written reports/papers, algorithms, and experimental findings. In addition, opportunities to develop research proposals under direct mentorship from the PI will be provided. Assistance to international scholars will be provided for applications of visas of appropriate categories.

Desired Skills and Experience

Qualified candidates should have a PhD with a publication track record and have previous experience in:

  • Neural signal processing/time series analysis
  • Electrophysiology (EEG/ECoG) analysis
  • Statistical computing analyses
  • Mathematical modeling

Candidates should be facile with programming in Matlab and Python and be able to write clean and modular code. Experience with UNIX-based operating systems and coding experience is a plus. Previous experience in the kinematic data analysis (movement disorders) would be beneficial, but not essential.

Interested candidates should contact Dr. Ausaf Bari at [email protected] with questions or submit a letter of interest, CV, and at least 2 references.

Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows

Graduate Students and Postdoctoral Fellows: If you are interested in learning about possible research opportunities, please send a research statement, CV, and a letter of recommendation to Wenxin Wei at [email protected].

Undergraduates and Medical Students

If you are interested in the lab, please send a brief statement of interest and resume to Mary Wei ([email protected]). Given the high level of interest and limited number of positions, the process is highly competitive at this time. Following initial screening, potential students will be asked to submit a two-page project proposal relevant to their interests and the overall lab mission. If you would like to learn more about Dr. Ausaf Bari’s clinical and research interests, please visit

Shadowing Policy

Due to the current COVID surge, on-site volunteer activities and shadowing have been paused. Shadowing is ONLY permitted if it is part of a UCLA Health/DGSOM Formalized and Approved Shadowing Program’s designated and assigned SHIFT. Please refer to the shadowing policies here.