Postdoctoral Fellow - Stern Lab

Jupiter, Florida
Salary is commensurate with experience.
Oct 15, 2020
Nov 14, 2020
Position Type
Full Time
Entry Level

Postdoctoral Fellow

Stern Lab


The Stern Laboratory at the Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) is currently inviting applications for postdoctoral research fellows. If you are interested in examining the neural circuits underlying complex motivated behaviors (and in particular related to feeding and/or reward) and if you want to work in a dynamic, open and collaborative environment, then we are interested in you!

Essential Duties & Responsibilities

The Stern Laboratory focuses on elucidating the neural mechanisms, from genes to circuits, that coordinate complex behaviors. In particular, we use state-of-the-art molecular profiling and RNA sequencing technologies to discover novel cell types that define specific neural circuits and behaviors. We combine this with optogenetics, chemogenetics and calcium imaging (including bulk fluorescence and single cell imaging) in order to gain comprehensive and mechanistic knowledge about how complex behaviors are coordinated and orchestrated. Producing high quality science is a priority, but so is creating a lab environment that is collaborative, diverse, and inclusive to all, with supportive mentorship and a positive space for everyone. 

Education and/or Experience

We are looking for candidates with an upcoming or recent Ph.D. or M.D./PhD. in neuroscience or another relevant scientific discipline (e.g. cell biology, biomedical engineering, biochemistry, chemistry, computer science, etc.). Most important is that you have a strong interest in the research question and are ready to take on a multidisciplinary approach towards studying the brain & behavior. Previous experience with behavior, stereotaxic surgery, and molecular biology and/or biochemistry is highly preferable. We are particularly interested in those with prior research experience in computer programming and/or in-vivo electrophysiology.

Additional Information

The Max Planck Florida Institute for Neuroscience (MPFI) is located in Jupiter, Florida on the same campus as The Scripps Research Institute and Florida Atlantic University. In addition to the collaborative and flourishing neuroscience research environment, MPFI offers competitive employment benefits and compensation levels above the NIH pay scale.

Interested applicants are strongly encouraged to submit the following documents to Dr. Sarah Stern for consideration:

  • Curriculum vitae including publications (please send pre-prints if available)
  • Names and complete contact information for three references
  • A research statement summarizing previous experience and future research interests (1-2 pages)

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