Postdoctoral Researcher:

The Eggers Lab in the UArizona Departments of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering is seeking highly motivated candidates for the full-time position of Postdoctoral Research Associate I. Dr. Eggers’s NIH-funded research incorporates physiological light stimulation, electrophysiology, immunohistochemical and optogenetic approaches to identify cellular, synaptic and molecular mechanisms that underlie changes in retinal neurons in diabetes. The goal of current studies is to determine how retinal calcium and dopamine signaling are altered in multiple levels of the rod pathway during early stages of diabetes and to identify potential targets for treatment. More information on our current research interests can be found at: http://eggerslab.sites.arizona.edu/

The Eggers laboratory is in the Departments of Physiology and Biomedical Engineering at the University of Arizona and is part of University of Arizona collaborative programs in Physiological Sciences, Neuroscience and Biomedical Engineering that involve faculty, students and postdocs from across campus. The University of Arizona is located in Tucson, Arizona a city known for outdoor activities, including hiking and biking. Information for potential postdoctoral researchers can be found here: http://postdoc.arizona.edu/

Preferred qualifications:

  • Experience or interest in visual neurophysiology
  • Experience with patch-clamp electrophysiology, calcium imaging, optogenetics or other functional recording methods.
  • Experience with programming in Matlab.
  • Demonstrated written and verbal communication skills

Job Description:

  • Lead a research project in close collaboration with the PI and other lab members.
  • Innovate new areas of experimental inquiry.
  • Advance technical aspects of experimental approaches and mechanistic understanding of a biological problem.
  • Mentor junior lab members and contribute to a productive scientific environment.
  • Maintain detailed records and disseminate research findings in meetings and as manuscripts in scientific journals.
  • Apply for independent funding and contribute to grant proposals submitted by the PI.
  • There may be additional duties assigned as it relates to this position.


  • PhD in physiology, neuroscience, biophysics, biomedical engineering, or related field by time of hire.
  • Documented ability to conduct original research.
  • Ability to work with small animals.
  • Ability to work with ITAR regulated equipment.

Interested candidates should submit a curriculum vitae, a brief statement of research interests and accomplishments, and contact information references to Erika Eggers at eeggers@arizona.edu.


Graduate Students:

Potential graduate students should apply to one of the University of Arizona graduate programs that Dr. Eggers is a part of: Physiological Sciences, Neuroscience or Biomedical Engineering.  Students interested in doing a rotation should email Dr. Eggers at eegggers@arizona.edu.


Undergraduate Students:

Students interested in research projects in the Eggers lab:

If you are a potential undergraduate student interested in working on any of these projects, please contact Dr. Eggers at eeggers@u.arizona.edu.  Include a statement about your research interests, a copy of your resume/CV and a copy of your transcript.  Dr. Eggers also periodically advertises for undergraduate technician/outreach positions.


Students interested in the NSF Outreach Project in the Eggers lab:

Are you interested in working on an outreach project to explain how vision works to students and the public through personal outreach and social media?

Are you interested in learning more about the way your eyes send visual information to the brain?

Dr. Erika Eggers is looking for a group of undergraduates to be part of the second year of an NSF Outreach program.  You can view some of the results of the first year of our program on our blog, here: http://azretina.sites.arizona.edu/blogs

The outreach program is funded by Dr. Eggers’ NSF CAREER Award that investigates the role and mechanisms of light adaptation in the retina. Light adaptation is the process that happens when you move from a dark movie theater to bright sunlight and sensitivity is gradually reduced to account for the brighter ambient light.

We are looking for students to commit to the second year of this project that will have two main components: Developing and refining an outreach module that can be used at the Tucson Festival of Books in March 2018 and school visits and developing a blog to discuss vision research and the development of this educational module. This will be a team-based project where students may focus on subsets of the total project. It would be appropriate for independent study credit or an honors project for a senior undergraduate. All students will be required to present the developed module at the Tucson festival of books in March. 

If you are interested, please send a statement about what interests you about this project, a resume/CV and an informal copy of your transcript to Dr. Erika Eggers, eeggers@u.arizona.  If you are interested in learning more about the Eggers laboratory, please see http://eggerslab.sites.arizona.edu/.