The Huda lab is seeking postdoctoral associates interested in using cutting-edge in-vivo optical techniques to investigate neuronal and astrocyte circuits for action, reinforcement, and decision-making. We are a vibrant new lab in the WM Keck Center for Collaborative Neuroscience and the Department of Cell Biology and Neuroscience at Rutgers University. We take a systems neuroscience approach to study the structure, function, and plasticity of brain circuits underlying behavioral functions in mice, and how dysregulation of these circuits gives rise to neuropsychiatric and neurodegenerative conditions. Current projects in the lab include:
1) Contribution of astrocytes to canonical functions of the striatum.
2) Prefrontal cortical mechanisms of binge and compulsive alcohol consumption.
3) Role of cortical and subcortical circuits in reinforcement learning.
Our work combines a portfolio of diverse techniques including quantitative mouse behavior, cellular and subcellular resolution two-photon microscopy, two-photon and one-photon optogenetics, viral-based anatomical tracing, and slice electrophysiology. Our work is currently supported by the National Institute of Mental Health, Brain Research Foundation, American Parkinson Disease Association, and the Parkinson’s Foundation.
We are looking for passionate scientists who are motivated by important questions and have the necessary dedication, work ethic, and attitude to address them in a systematic and scientifically rigorous way. This position offers a unique opportunity to join a new lab where you will enjoy unparalleled support from a PI distinctly committed to your technical and conceptual training, mentorship, and career development. It is an excellent opportunity for neuroscientists looking to advance their training in next-generation in-vivo approaches for assessing neural circuit function as it relates to behavior and disease.
Applicants should have a PhD or be nearing completion of their doctorate in neuroscience or a related field. Applicants with a background in physics, engineering, and/or computer science and a strong interest in neuroscience research are also encouraged to apply. Ability to work both independently and in teams consisting of undergraduate and graduate students is expected, along with good written and oral communication skills. Previous experience with one or more of the following is highly desirable but not a strict requirement: physiology techniques (two-photon microscopy, electrophysiology), coding skills in MATLAB and/or Python, mouse behavior, and mouse surgeries. We are foremost looking for passionate scientists eager to learn new things.
To apply, please send a cover letter outlining your research interests/qualifications/fit, a CV, and contact information for three references to firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit hudalab.org for more information about the lab.
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