Postdoctoral / Research Specialist - Neural Circuits and Behavior

Ashburn, Virginia
Oct 17, 2019
Nov 16, 2019
Position Type
Full Time

The Reiser lab at the Janelia Research Campus seeks a creative scientist to join us in figuring out how the fly brain uses visual information to control behavior.

We use behavioral, anatomical, imaging, electrophysiological, and computational methods to understand the neural circuits for vision and navigation in Drosophila. This is an exciting time to be working on the fly brain—full brain connectomes and precise genetic access to nearly every cell type in the brain are on the horizon. We pair these tools with our continuing exploration of Drosophila behaviors. In this position, you would apply these methods to deeply map behavioral circuits. Many project directions are possible that are related to active research topics in the lab:

  • visual motion guided behaviors
  • visual place learning
  • central modulation of vision


  • A keen interest in figuring out the brain. 
  • Ph.D. in experimental biology, neuroscience, or a quantitative field.
  • Experience in some of these areas: neurophysiology, animal behavior, Drosophilamolecular/genetic methods, neuroanatomy, instrumentation, computer vision, and machine learning. 
  • Familiarity with scientific computing environments is preferred (although lack of experience should not discourage an interested applicant). 

Janelia is a unique, exciting research environment near Washington, D.C., with abundant opportunities for collaboration and learning new things. Interested applicants should apply by email; please include your curriculum vitae and research interests and arrange for three letters of reference to be sent to reiserm 'at'

The Reiser lab is committed to maintaining a diverse and inclusive environment. Members of groups underrepresented in science are especially encouraged to apply. 

HHMI is an equal opportunity employer.