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Postdoctoral Associate - Manipulating exercise-responsive circuits for neuroprotection

The Jackson Laboratory
Bar Harbor, Maine
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Closing date
Nov 17, 2023

Job Details

A postdoctoral associate position is available in the laboratory of Dr. Erik Bloss at The Jackson Laboratory in Bar Harbor, Maine, to perform basic research investigating the mechanisms by which exercise-responsive circuits may be manipulated to prevent structural and functional decline of cortical synapses during aging and in mouse models of Alzheimer’s disease. This work will include chemogenetic and optogenetic manipulations of neural activity in aging mice performing exercise and multiple cognitive assays as well as high resolution microscopic reconstruction of synapses on hypothalamic and cortical neurons. The Bloss Lab offers a highly collaborative environment including opportunities with other leading laboratories in this field, nationally and internationally. For more information, please visit the Bloss lab website.



The successful candidate will be able to plan, develop, execute, and analyze an independent research project.



M.D. or Ph.D. in biological or related sciences is required.
Strong training background in neuroscience is preferred.
Other areas of experience/training that would be valuable include cell biology, aging, exercise physiology, or cognitive/behavioral neuroscience.
Exceptional verbal and written communication skills;
Self-motivated and career-oriented individual preferred;
Minimum of one 1st author paper from graduate work.


To apply, a complete application must include a cover letter describing past research accomplishments, research interests, and career aspirations; a current CV; and the names of three references. Send to


Years of Postdoc Experience
0-1    $57,034 – 61,397
1-2    $58,537 – 63,015
2-3    $60,083 – 64,679
3-4    $61,323 – 66,014
4-5    $63,371 – 68,219
5    $65,712 – 70,739


About JAX:

The Jackson Laboratory is an independent, nonprofit biomedical research institution with a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center and nearly 3,000 employees in locations across the United States (Maine, Connecticut, California), Japan and China. Its mission is to discover precise genomic solutions for disease and empower the global biomedical community in the shared quest to improve human health.


Founded in 1929, JAX applies over nine decades of expertise in genetics to increase understanding of human disease, advancing treatments and cures for cancer, neurological and immune disorders, diabetes, aging and heart disease. It models and interprets genomic complexity, integrates basic research with clinical application, educates current and future scientists, and provides critical data, tools and services to the global biomedical community. For more information, please visit




EEO Statement:

The Jackson Laboratory provides equal employment opportunities to all employees and applicants for employment in all job classifications without regard to race, color, religion, age, mental disability, physical disability, medical condition, gender, sexual orientation, genetic information, ancestry, marital status, national origin, veteran status, and other classifications protected by applicable state and local non-discrimination laws.


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