Postdoctoral Associate - Sensory Motor Integration

Postdoctoral Associate - Sensory Motor Integration

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Ashburn, VA, United States

Job Description


A postdoctoral research associate position is available for a collaborative project between the laboratories of Gwyneth Card (Janelia Research Campus), and Andrew Dacks and Kevin Daly (West Virginia University). We are looking for a creative, motivated individual to study neural circuits that provide motor information to sensory networks in Drosophila melanogaster, using 2-photon microscopy. Specifically, the goal of this project will be to image these neural circuits during specific behaviors, as well as during optogenetic activation/inactivation of specific motor network elements. The successful candidate will join a collaborative effort hosted at the Janelia Research Campus in Ashburn, Virginia. Initial funding is for one year with possibilities for renewal.


Principal Responsibilities:

  • Develop and implement methods to image and control targeted neural circuits in Drosophila


Preferred Qualifications:

  • Experience with Drosophila
  • Experience with advanced imaging
  • Skills to manage and support interdisciplinary collaborations
  • Ability work collaboratively
  • Proficiency with Matlab and data analysis


Education and Experience:

  • PhD in neuroscience or a related discipline


Required Skills and Abilities:

  • Ability to perform extensive hands-on work at the bench, with minimal supervision
  • Ability to fully document and substantiate scientific methods, procedures, and results


Physical Requirements:

  • Occasionally lifts and/or carries objects weighing up to 20 pounds
  • Occasionally stoops and bends
  • Occasionally reaches and grasps with arms and hands
  • Work involves possible exposure to laser sources, malodorous vapors, animal allergens and other animal-borne hazards, viruses, experimental microbial agents, low dose radiation, contamination by toxic chemicals and acids and presence of carcinogenic substances
  • Long periods of standing and/or sitting


To apply, please email your CV and cover letter to and include the names and contact information of three references. If you have specific salary requirements, please include them in your e-mail; all information is confidential. Please include the job title "Motor Network Modulation" in the subject line.


HHMI is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Quote Reference: Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)-hhmi-841-908