Postdoctoral Associate - Sensory Motor Integration

Postdoctoral Associate - Sensory Motor Integration

Howard Hughes Medical Institute (HHMI)

Ashburn, VA, United States

Job Description

Summary:

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 cardg@janelia.hhmi.org 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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