The Juntti Lab at the University of Maryland, located just outside Washington DC, is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to research the neuroscience of social behavior. We are a young lab using cutting-edge technologies in molecular genetics, neuroanatomy, computer vision, pharmacology, and more to solve some of the most exciting questions in biology. We use the family of cichlid fish as our model system, as they exhibit complex social behaviors and are genetically tractable. We’re looking for a motivated candidate who will pursue independent research, working within a dynamic team of scientists.
Lab website: biology.umd.edu/scott-juntti
I encourage trainees to pursue independent projects that fit their interests and skill sets. Our model system offers attractive opportunities to develop automated behavior analysis systems, to leverage next-generation sequencing for profiling genes central to behavioral circuits, and to take a species-comparative approach to neuroscience. Postdoctoral trainees may suggest projects that lie within these domains or others that particularly complement their experience.
Strong background in molecular neurobiology, computational neuroscience, or bioinformatics
Experience working with animal models, bonus for prior fish work
Interest in mentoring undergraduate students
Able to manage overlapping projects effectively
Ability to work with general guidance
Excellent organizational skills and demonstrated ability to accurately complete detailed work
About the environment
The University of Maryland is located in College Park, 6 miles from Washington, DC. It is easily accessible by Metro or car. We are housed in the Department of Biology, a stimulating group of scientists studying everything from chromatin structure to evolution to neural circuits. UMD is a center of excellence for cichlid genetics as well, with the Carleton & Kocher labs located in the same building. You will be part of building a lab into an exciting environment for science and supportive environment for training researchers.
Salary is commensurate with experience. UMD offers excellent benefits: https://uhr.umd.edu/benefits/
To apply: Please send a C.V. with three references and a cover letter to firstname.lastname@example.org briefly addressing the following questions: How do see your skills, training, and previous experience fitting with the lab? How would this work fit with your future career goals?
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The Juntti Lab at the University of Maryland, located just outside Washington DC, is seeking a research associate to coordinate and carry out research into the neuroscience of social behavior. We are a young lab using cutting-edge technologies in molecular genetics, neuroanatomy, computer vision, pharmacology, and more to solve some of the most exciting questions in biology. We use the family of c...ichlid fish as our model system, as they exhibit complex social behaviors and are genetically tractable.