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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Princeton Neuroscience Institute, Princeton University

Princeton Neuroscience Institute
Princeton, New Jersey
attractive salary plus benefits
Closing date
Dec 31, 2023

Job Details

The laboratories of Ilana Witten and Sebastian Seung at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute are recruiting a number of postdoctoral or more senior researchers to study the structure and function of neural circuits for reward learning and decision-making. The researchers will record the activity of neurons in striatum or VTA with calcium imaging, and then reconstruct the connectivity of the same neurons using electron microscopy (EM). This cutting edge combination of technologies will leverage the unparalleled infrastructure of the Princeton Neuroscience Institute, including the Bezos Center for Neural Circuit Dynamics, as well as the only EM facility in the world with high-throughput TEM and SEM instruments. The project is part of a consortium organized by the Allen Institute for the NIH BRAIN CONNECTS program, one of the three transformative projects of the NIH BRAIN Initiative. These full-time positions have an initial appointment of one year and possibility of renewal based on satisfactory performance. For more information, see Witten lab publications on VTA  and striatum, and Seung lab publications on combining calcium imaging and EM connectomics in visual cortex and larval zebrafish.

Essential qualifications: -Ph.D. in Neuroscience or other closely related field.

Preferred qualifications: -electron microscopy, light microscopy -viral labeling, immunolabeling -stereotaxic surgery -MATLAB, Python, image analysis software (e.g. FIJI/ImageJ) -strong quantitative skills.

Interested applicants must apply online at and include a CV, cover letter or statement of research interests. Also include the names and contact information for at least 2 references. The work location for this position is in-person on campus at Princeton University. This position is subject to Princeton University's background check policy.

Princeton University is an equal opportunity/affirmative action employer and all qualified applicants will receive consideration for employment without regard to age, race, color, religion, sex, sexual orientation, gender identity or expression, national origin, disability status, protected veteran status, or any other characteristic protected by law. This positions are subject to the University's background check policy.


Understanding behavior at all levels of function, from systems to cells, is one of the great challenges of modern biology. At Princeton University, faculty with research interests in neuroscience can be found in many departments, including Applied Math, Chemistry, Engineering, Molecular Biology, Physics, Philosophy and Psychology. This diversity mirrors the interdisciplinary nature of contemporary neuroscience research and provides a rich set of opportunities for research and training in neuroscience. This web site provides information about the shared and individual interests of neuroscience faculty at Princeton, the opportunities available for training at the graduate and undergraduate levels, and neuroscience-related activities on campus.

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