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Postdoctoral Research Associate - Princeton Neuroscience Institute

Princeton Neuroscience Institute
Princeton, New Jersey
attractive salary plus benefits
Closing date
Mar 24, 2024

Job Details

The Dickerson lab at the Princeton Neuroscience Institute is looking for several highly motivated postdoctoral or more senior research associates. Research in the Dickerson lab is at the interface of neurobiology, biomechanics, and behavior and seeks to understand how mechanosensory input structures locomotor output. The lab studies the flight behavior of the fruit fly, Drosophila, combining the powerful genetic tools available for labeling and manipulating neural circuits with cutting-edge imaging in awake, behaving animals (current site: The term of appointment is based on rank. Positions at the postdoctoral rank are for one year with the possibility of renewal pending satisfactory performance and continued funding; those hired at more senior ranks may have multi-year appointments. The successful candidates will employ state-of-the-art single and multiphoton calcium imaging, electrophysiology, and behavioral approaches to understand how behaviorally relevant mechanosensory feedback is functionally organized. The project will make use of the latest imaging tools in intact, behaving animals as well as the powerful genetic techniques available in Drosophila. We are seeking exceptionally talented candidates that are organized, self-directed learners with superior communication and analytical skills. Applicants should possess an appreciation for integrative approaches. Essential qualifications: Ph.D. in biology, neuroscience, mechanical engineering, or other related fields. Preferred qualifications: experience with imaging, electrophysiology, or quantitative behavior, programming (preferably Python or Matlab), and strong quantitative skills. Interested applicants must apply at and include a cover letter stating background and professional interests, a CV including all publications, Research Statement, and contact information for two or more referees. Review of applications will continue until the position is filled. The work location for this position is in-person on campus at Princeton University. This position is subject to the 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. These 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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