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Postdoctoral fellow

Duke University Medical School
Durham, North Carolina
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Sep 17, 2021
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Our lab at Duke Neurobiology is seeking to recruit a postdoctoral fellow to lead a project that aims to determine the genetic and circuit basis of simple value-based decision making. Specifically, the funded project will aim to exploit the significant variation in the decision outcomes we observed among different wild-caught Drosophila strains to identify the specific genes – and by extension the circuitry that they participate in – whose variations in function and/or expression underlie the observed behavioral variation. Drosophila females are capable of making value-based decisions: they have the capacity to memorize and rank the values of different acceptable options before committing to a decision. Furthermore, Drosophila offer an EM-level connectome and extensive genetic access to their relatively simple and likely easier to understand brain, making them an excellent model for studying the neurobiology of value-based decision making. For more information, see some of our published work in Science (DOI: 10.1126/science.1151842), Cell Reports (DOI: 10.1016/j.celrep.2014.09.033), Current Biology (DOI: 10.1016/j.cub.2014.09.076), eLife (DOI: 10.7554/eLife.46165), and PNAS (DOI: 10.1073/pnas.1911583116). Our lab is well funded, collaborative, and located in an intellectually vibrant neurobiology research community.

The ideal candidate is someone who has (or is about to have) a Ph.D. in Neuroscience or related field, possesses strong problem-solving and quantitative skills, and is curiosity-driven. Competence in molecular and genomic approaches, strong motivation to learn new techniques, and ability to code are a must. Working knowledge in e-phys, Ca2+ imaging, and optics is highly desirable. Interested candidates please send a cover letter, CV, and contacts for three references to


We are a collaborative community with interlocking groups that work to promote an understanding of how the brain operates in health and disease. We have a wide range of faculty, centers and research institutes that contribute to the overarching mission of the neuroscience community at the University. Faculty, staff, students and postdocs collaborate across departments to conduct key research at these institutes and centers.
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